Steven Kolb has reportedly urged big-name fashion houses to avoid using models under the age of 18 at the upcoming New York Fashion Week.
Kolb, the head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), has sent an email round, according to Page Six, ahead of the biannual fashion event, which kicks off on 8 February (19).
“As you cast your New York Fashion Week shows, please remember to promote diversity and inclusion, on and off the runway,” he wrote. “American fashion can lead the path. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to support the well-being of younger individuals by not hiring models under the age of 18 for runway shows, and to create areas backstage for models to change in privacy.”
He made a similar call last year, but it fell on deaf ears with a lot of the top labels.
Model of the moment Kaia Gerber, who is a regular on the runway in Paris and Milan, and Thylane Blondeau, who was recently named most beautiful face of 2018, are both yet to reach the milestone birthday.
Kaia is also one of Marc Jacobs’ go-to models, walking in his New York Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 19 show in September. And, despite only just turning 17, she also appeared in Calvin Klein, Coach and Anna Sui’s shows that season.
The news comes after Vogue, in partnership with the CFDA, vowed not to use models under 18.
“Young models are still developing,” Kolb said last August. “There can be a lack of the confidence, strength, experience, and maturity it takes to deal with the pressures of this work. The CFDA supports the recommendation of raising the minimum age – we want young models to have the time to come into their own so they feel safe and in charge in the workplace.”
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