Model Alliance news for August 2013 
Under-18 Models And The Law: Understanding The New Legislation

Under-18 Models and the Law

This past week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Health Initiative hosted an information session on the pending legislation pertaining to child models working in New York. The panel featured Model Alliance's Sara Ziff, Susan Scafidi and Doreen Small, who explained the legislation -- recently passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly -- to agents, casting directors, show producers and other industry leaders.

At the event, Ziff outlined the development of the bill, Scafidi explained the steps that designers would need to take when hiring models who are minors, and Small walked modeling agents through the expectations of their role in the process.  Upon Governor Cuomo's signature, the bill will finally provide child models with the same protections afforded to all other child performers in New York.  

Our booklet, "Under 18-Models and the Law: Understanding the New Legislation," is available for download on the Model Alliance's website.  Amongst other materials, the booklet contains a timeline of the development of the legislation, frequently asked questions regarding compliance with the regulations, and copies of applicable permits and forms for those in the industry looking to hire models under the age of eighteen.

SAVE THE DATE: We will be hosting a similar event on the pending legislation for models and their parents prior to New York Fashion Week, on August 29th.  Please look out for more information soon!

In solidarity,
Sara Ziff  

Model Alliance's Guide To The New Child Model Legislation


Download our guide to the new legislation here.

Inside you'll find answers to frequently asked questions, links to required permits and forms, and more.

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