We're so glad something is being done about this!
The film Girl Model has been screened all over the world at various events and film festivals, and more people are becoming aware of the issues it deals with like child labor and fair pay for young models.
The story is about a 13-year-old Siberian girl named Nadya who is given the chance to become a model. Her parents happily let her go, thinking that she'll make money for the family, but instead she comes back $2,000 in debt.
At a panel following the screening, industry insiders, along with directors, and former models Sara Ziff and Jenna Sauers, talked about the issues in the film.
Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, a large consensus is that the new 16-year-old age requirement for models to enter the industry is still too young! Ziff at one point said, "I think Marc Jacobs can afford to pay his models," referring to the accusations that he overworked and didn't pay a 17-year-old model.
The women also addressed 'whistle-blowing' which some models claim have led to the end of their careers!
The directors have been working with the organization Model Alliance and are now pushing Congress to pass the Freelancer Payment Protection Act, which will help ensure that models are treated and paid fairly.
[Image via Girl Model.]