A mainstay of the big city, New York Fashion Week begins tonight. But behind the glitz and glamour are the young girls at the center of controversy and concern over the exploitation of underage models.
Leading the fury, Christian Dior recently reignited the debate when they debuted a 14-year-old girl as the new face of the brand. The move spotlighted the return of underage models to the runway and sent critics crying foul.
It’s been nearly two years since the New York State Legislature passed a law to protect underage models from exploitation and abuse. But are all runway models, whether underage or not, subject to unequal and exploitative labor conditions?
Sara Ziff, founder of The Model Alliance, joins Rafael Pi Roman to discuss the issues behind the safety, rights and marketing of underage models on the catwalk.
Stream the shows from New York Fashion Week 2015 live, here.