Protecting Underage Models Is Now a Federal Issue

Aiding models who enter the industry as young as, and even under, the age of 16.

By
Fashion
15,386 Hypes 0 Comments

Models start off notoriously young, and have often been at the forefront of issues surrounding underage employment. The latest plight concerns new models entering the industry under 16. Representative Grace Meng of New York introduced the Child Performers Protection Act of 2015 as a direct response to underage modelling, and this bill intends to extend federal workplace safety regulations to young professionals in general.

This brings the issue to a federal level, spurring a national conversation. Previously, the Fair Labor Standards Act stated an employment criteria for children, but performers and models are often exempted and regulation handled on a state-by-state basis. Both New York and California have passed legislation to protect these young professionals but policy is not uniform throughout the country. The new bill would bring forth defined working hours, salary and savings requirements (models would not be allowed compensation in the form of clothing, for example), and private help for sexual harassment. Read more over at The New York Times.

As to why it is important, Sara Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance, one of the interest groups that has been working with Ms. Meng, emailed: “When most people think of models, they think of supermodels who command large sums, but most working models are not supermodels. Most begin their careers as children, and work in debt to their modeling agencies. The pervasive practice of pay in ‘trade’ contributes to models’ disempowerment in the workplace. Without adequate safeguards, child models often stand to be exploited by adults who do not have their best interests in mind. A unified national floor of standards would protect child performers wherever they engage in work across the country.”

At least, if the bill ever makes it to a vote. It is now with the Committee on Education and the Work Force. “We know, and expect, this is going to be a long conversation and process,” Ms. Meng said. “But at least this highlights the problem.”

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

This Is a Rendering of Tesla's Cheaper Hatchback Model in Development
Automotive

This Is a Rendering of Tesla's Cheaper Hatchback Model in Development

Reportedly priced around $25,000 USD.

Tesla Slashes Prices of Entry-Level Model 3 and Model Y
Automotive

Tesla Slashes Prices of Entry-Level Model 3 and Model Y

In the effort of maintaining strong sales.

Ares Design Crafts a Two-Door Tesla Model S Convertible
Automotive

Ares Design Crafts a Two-Door Tesla Model S Convertible

Equipped with a special carbon fibre aero kit.


Tesla Recalls 135,000 Model S and Xs Due To Touchscreen Failures
Automotive

Tesla Recalls 135,000 Model S and Xs Due To Touchscreen Failures

After being pressured by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A Closer Look at the Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka "Sequoia" & "Black Anthracite"
Footwear

A Closer Look at the Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka "Sequoia" & "Black Anthracite"

The perfect sneakers to take you through the winter season.

7 Things You Should Know About Jeans as Told by a Denim Expert
Fashion

7 Things You Should Know About Jeans as Told by a Denim Expert

You may not know Scott Morrison’s name, but you might recognize his work.

The Rig Out & Nike FootballX Celebrate Street Football in Short Film
Sports

The Rig Out & Nike FootballX Celebrate Street Football in Short Film

The smaller, more humble, yet quick-witted cousin of the game played on the pitch.


'Good Sport' Magazine Issue 01
Sports

'Good Sport' Magazine Issue 01

Reinventing the traditional model of a sports magazine.

The Emoji Keyboard Will Help You Type Emojis Faster
Tech

The Emoji Keyboard Will Help You Type Emojis Faster

“These keyboards give you emoji superpowers.”

adidas Beckenbauer DFB Crew Sweat
Fashion

adidas Beckenbauer DFB Crew Sweat

A throwback to Germany’s soccer glory days.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.