Diane von Furstenberg got herself into a little situation when one of her models, Hailey Clauson, was only 15 years old. This situation implored the Council of Fashion Designers of America to set up some new guidelines. On Tuesday, Furstenberg and CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb sent out a letter reinforcing the Health as Beauty and Diversity campaign and recommending that models are asked to produce a valid ID on the show day to ensure the minimum age of 16.
“The casting agents for the Diane von Furstenberg show will be doing this and we encourage others to do the same,” the letter stated, adding that all top model agencies pledged not to send models under 16 for shows.
So what could this mean for the shows? Exactly how many underaged (and 15 and below is considered “underaged”) models are there in Fashion Week, really? And will this solve the problem or will there be more models angling for a fake ID? What do you think?
– Taneisha Jordan