British Vogue Makes Major Moves To Protect Models’ Rights

You may be familiar with the company Equity. Just four years about, the business expanded their union representation to include models. The company has been making some serious moves as of late, and we’re thrilled about them.

Equity has just signed The Equity Ten Point Code of Conduct in partnership with British Vogue. The first of its kind in the industry, models working on location or on photo shoots with Vogue will now be protected against workplace violations.

Some of the requirements of the code may come off as being overly cautious, but Equity certainly is thinking about the models in this situation. Requirements include mandating breaks every few hours, access to toilets and private changing areas.

The best requirements of this code are the ones pertaining to underage models. Now, underage models cannot model or be portrayed as an adult, cannot be nude or semi-nude and must be accompanied by a parent or an adult with CRB clearance.

Hopefully, this code will spread to other Vogue publications around the world, and will spill over onto other magazines, and other aspects of the fashion industry: such as runway shows.

Do you think that employers will adhere to this code? Do you think that this code is enough? Do you think it can make a difference? I sure hope so.

Ally Batista | Elite.

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