New Rules: Young Models Will Be Carded From Now On

The fashion industry says it’s going to be carding its youngest charges from now on and young models under 16 won’t be allowed to walk in fashion shows anymore. According to Council of Fashion Designers of America head Diane von Furstenberg, girls will be required to carry ID showing proof of age. The measure is ostensibly meant to guard against super young girls being exploited, but it seems like a bizarre arbitrary measure. Von Furstenberg herself was actually criticized for allowing 15-year-old model Hailey Clauson to walk in several of her shows, and some feel this is a personal response to that criticism. She sent out a statement to all members of the CFDA, writing: “The casting agents for the Diane von Furstenberg show will be doing [the age restriction] and we encourage others to do the same,”

The whole thing smacks of ridiculousness, considering the arbitrary nature of the age ban. Aren’t they all a bit too young to be strutting their stuff on a runway? Whether 14 or 16, shouldn’t these young girls be in school, rather than prancing around on a catwalk? [Fashion Indie]

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