Soldiers returning from combat get diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. So do people who live in violent war zones. And, apparently, models. At least according to former model Jennifer Sky, who says her years as teen model led to panic attacks and an anxiety disorder.
Sky started her modeling career young — at 15 — and was thrust into a strange and unfamiliar place when her modeling agency sent her to Japan unchaperoned and unaided. She lived a similar life in New York, where she was sent next, sharing a loft apartment with five other teenage girls, who were all expected to book jobs, feed and care for themselves without any adult supervision. After two years of this, Sky booked the cover of Sassy magazine’s 1994 prom issue. It would be her last modeling gig. She quit because, she told New York mag’s The Cut, she no longer recognized herself: Keep reading »
Photography team Inez and Vindoodh (pictured) have worked with virtually all of the top names in the fashion biz — Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Gisele Bundchen, to name a few — but one thing they absolutely won’t do? Shoot underage girls. The talented pair, who have a new book out called Pretty Much Everything, spanning their 26-year career (it’s $700, and we want it), say that not shooting young girls was a conscious statement toward the fashion industry. “They start at 14 and everyone says to them, ‘Wow, you’re incredible. You’re so skinny. You look like a boy.’ And once that girl is 18 and her body is finished growing, all of a sudden it was like, ‘Oh, she’s fat,’” explains Inez. “The poor girl. She’s just growing. We felt it was unethical to support that. You get judged anyway and it’s not easy. You have to really know who you are first. And at such a tender age—between 14 and 18—you’re figuring out who you are.” Well, at least somebody in the fashion industry gets it. [Style]