Models Advocate For Bill That Would Set Health Standards For Industry
The legislation, which would protect models from dangerous health demands, cleared its first hurdle and is headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, in part because of wrenching testimony from those who have worked in the industry.
The Sacramento Bee:
Fashion Models Back California Bill To Fight Eating Disorders, Sexism
Fashion models accused their industry of rampant sexism and making demands to stay dangerously thin as they advocated on Wednesday for a California bill that would give models more employee rights. The health of fashion models has become an international issue for policymakers. A new French law prohibits models from working if their body mass index falls below a certain level and authorizes penalties for violators in fashion houses and modeling agencies. (White, 4/6)
The San Jose Mercury News:
California Legislation Creating Health, Safety Standards For Fashion Models Moves Forward
A Bay Area legislator's proposal to create health standards and workplace protections for professional models in California cleared its first hurdle Wednesday, aided in part by wrenching testimony from former models who described harsh working conditions that involved sexual harassment and coercion to reach unhealthy weights. (Seipel, 4/6)