Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg has issued new guide lines on the treatment of models at Fashion Week. The guide lines were created on behalf of the CFDA (of which she is president) and amongst other rules state that healthy meals and snacks should be provided for models backstage at shows and that no designer should hire models under the age of 16. Other guide lines include...

  • Develop workshops for the industry (including models and their families), on the nature of eating disorders, how they arise, how we identify and treat them, and complications if they are untreated.
  • Support the well-being of younger individuals by not hiring models under the age of sixteen for runway shows; not allowing models under the age of eighteen to work past midnight at fittings or shoots; and providing regular breaks and rest.
  • Supply healthy meals, snacks, and water backstage and at shoots and provide nutrition and fitness education.
  • Promote a healthy backstage environment by raising the awareness of the impact of smoking and tobacco-related disease among women, ensuring a smoke-free environment, and address underage drinking by prohibiting alcohol.

The rules could mean a bit shake up in the treatment of catwalk models here in the UK and all over the world.