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A research, policy and advocacy organization for people working in the global fashion industry. We created the RESPECT Program

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More than two decades before took his own life, and actress Alicia Arden went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that he groped her during what she thought was a ing interview for the catalog. Arden said she never heard back from investigators about her complaint. No charges ever came of it. And to this day she sees it as a glaring missed opportunity to bring the financier to justice long before he was accused of sexually abusing scores of teenage girls and women. | Read the full article in our story.

Reposted with permission from @michelledeswarte, who also spoke with the Washington Post. ・・・ I was taken to Jeffrey Epstein house in 2001. Organized by my agency then called Karen’s now called mc2 it was one the most creepy experiences of my modeling career! I can only wish some peace and justice for those less fortunate then my self 🙏🏾

Jean-Luc Brunel is the former head of and —two international modeling agencies that launched the careers of successful models. Former models have accused of drugging and date-raping them, and former employees claim that he recruited foreign, underage girls to be pimped out of ’s New York apartments. The allegations against Brunel became well-known 30 years ago after a nationally televised program on 60 Minutes, echoed later in a book and court records. And yet, they sparked no apparent investigation. Nor did they prevent Brunel from continuing to exploit and assault others, according to former models. | Read more via the links in our stories. For confidential reporting or advice, you can contact MA Support via the email in our profile. You can also find additional resources on our website.

New York

As of August 14, 2019, survivors of any age have a one-year window to come forward to prosecute childhood abusers in New York. Learn more via the link in our bio.

Today, we joined @goodmorningamerica to discuss why over 100 models are calling on @victoriassecret to join the RESPECT Program, a legally binding agreement to create safe and fair working conditions in the fashion industry.

We stand in solidarity with over 100 models and @timesupnow to fight harassment, assault, and trafficking. @victoriassecret will you do the same? Learn more and read our letter (link in bio).

The New York Times

According to the @nytimes, around the summer of 1996, “executives at L Brands learned that Mr. Epstein was trying to involve himself in the recruitment of models for the Victoria’s Secret catalog, a coveted assignment for young models and aspiring actresses. That was troubling: Victoria’s Secret sourced models from talent agencies, not individuals [...] When Mr. Wexner was informed about what Mr. Epstein was doing, he promised to take care of the issue, the two executives said.” The Times goes on to report that “nearly a decade later, in early 2006, Florida authorities charged Mr. Epstein with multiple counts of molestation and unlawful activity with a minor. It wasn’t until 18 months later that Mr. Wexner cut ties with Mr. Epstein.” Read the full article via the link in our stories.

is a New York-based photographer who several models have accused of abusive behavior, including assault and alleged rape, as reported by @diet_prada. On his website, the photographer says he has contributed to Vogue, Elle, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar. He is also credited as a photographer for many images from the 2017 and 2018 editions of the @victoriassecret Fashion Show. Models: if you would like to file a report and/or are seeking assistance or advice, you can confidentially contact MA Support via the email in our profile.

Celebrity photographer is facing backlash after screenshots were published that appeared to show him initially agreeing to shoot a for free, until she refused to send him photographs of herself. Models: You do not have to tolerate any sort of unwanted or inappropriate conduct. If you experience predatory behavior, we offer free and discreet reporting via Model Alliance Support. (Read more via the link in our stories, and feel free to contact us via the support email in our profile.) Photo: Jared Siskin/GETTY

“We cannot seem shocked about reports of trafficking under the guise of modeling work given the imbalance of power and lack of protections that have plagued the industry for far too long.” The good news is that solutions exist: Over 200 models are calling on agencies, publishing companies and fashion brands to join the RESPECT Program . Read our founder @saraziff’s full op-ed @nymag @thecut (link in stories).

Have you joined the Model Alliance? Our community is growing and we’d love for you to get involved! Sign up at alliance.org/join

California

Thanks to the Talent Protections Act, agencies in California are now required to educate their talent about harassment and eating disorders. Learn more about the new law we championed and find educational resources on our website.

California

The Talent Protections Act is now in effect! We are grateful to everyone who helped us advocate for this important legislation that we worked so hard to pass. Learn more about the new law and find educational resources on our website.

“Some of the Model Alliance initiatives have been labelled as controversial: providing information on eating disorders, establishing clear enforceable standards, providing contracts in a ’s native language and providing time to consult an attorney, agreeing to make timely payments and to provide financial statements of payments from brands to ling agencies, or to establish a third-party complaint system. These are all sensible initiatives that are common in other industries but are lacking in the Wild West atmosphere that dominates the largely freelance fashion industry,” writes @christinabinkley for @voguebusiness. “The Model Alliance has developed a RESPECT Program that would work as something of an industry-wide code of conduct, addressing many of the issues above. Backed by s including @misskarenelson and @ediebcampbell, it’s based on the groundbreaking Fair Food Program.” Read the full article via the link in our stories.

The New York Times

Yesterday @kimberlymjenkins, @ash_chew and @liveshiv spoke to high school students and recent graduates at the @nytimes about our efforts to change the fashion system. “The conversation was rich, thoughtful, energetic and critical, as we addressed everything from cultural sensitivity to labor rights to what it takes to be a visionary leader (and assertive consumer) in fashion,” said Prof. Jenkins. “Being around brilliant, creative and ambitious young people fills me up with gratitude and hope!” Photo: @kimberlymjenkins

New York, New York

Thanks to everyone who joined our panel on individual action, policy, and activism! The biggest takeaway? From protecting the environment to creating safe and fair working conditions, meaningful change won’t happen unless we demand it! Kudos to our moderator @tabithastb, fellow panelists @earthdayinitiative, @wearablecollections and @usas — and huge thanks to @goodstuffny and @thenewfashioninitiative for hosting us!

New York, New York

At a time when activism has become commercialized and glamorized, how can we use our voices to make real change through policy changes and initiatives? How can our individual work have the most impact on a systemic level? Join us to talk about this and more on Tuesday, June 11, 6:00-7:30pm in NYC! Link to RSVP in our stories.

Columbia University

Recently, our founding director @saraziff delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2019 at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. She shared her story of working as a model, returning to college at Columbia, and developing the . Click the link in our stories to watch the full speech.

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