Monday, 24 August 2009

Quick hit: Modelling gets unionised

From Stuff:
Two Australian models working in London are about to set up the industry's first code of conduct to protect models from exploitation by agents and photographers.

Victoria Keon-Cohen and Dunja Knezevic campaigned for London's Equity union in 2007 and since then have represented models who have been cheated out of money, physically hurt on photo shoots and subjected to sexual harassment by photographers.

The women, who between them have modelled for Versace, Levi's, Vogue and Marks & Spencer, say they hope to change the culture in an industry where models are treated as expendable.

...The models have enlisted the support of their agency, IMG, one of the world's biggest, for the new code.

The two are also negotiating about the code with the British Fashion Council and the Association of Modelling Agencies.
Click through for the whole article.

Some of the stories of cases they have dealt with are really sucky.

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