Ahead of New York fashion week, the the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), have sent in guidelines to designers to ensure the safety of the models in light of the recent sexual assault allegations that are still coming forward and the #metoo movement.
Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg sent an email to members detailing the importance of creating a safe work environment for models during the shows.
According to WWD, she emphasized on providing everybody the right to feel safe and protected and further urged everyone in the fashion industry to come forward and report if they’ve been victim to abuse.
To further display their support, the CFDA expanded their health initiative to create a body positive environment for the models. Along with this, they’ve partnered with model alliance founder Sarah Ziff to protect those currently working in the industry. So models who have been subjected to any from of sexual misconduct are encouraged to contact Model alliance.
All these initiative are followed by all the sexual harassment reports that were made by models last december against fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber along with Cameron Russel using her instagram page to post antonymous stories about sexual assualt, leaving the modeling industry exposed for all.
Keeping in mind the mess that mismanaged rules have brought about, it is the job of every industry to ensure safe working environments for the people, no matter the circumstances. With fashion week being the chaotic frenzy that it is, women and men both need to be provided protection to the highest possibility.