The Fall 2018 New York Fashion Week is making some positive changes to its usual system. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has been making alterations to its Health Initiative over the past few years to improve models’ safety and comfort at the show, including raising awareness for eating disorders and sexual harassment.
Now, the CFDA has partnered with Model Alliance to tackle a new issue: private changing areas for models. This is the first time ever that these spaces will be provided for models during NYFW, although it has been bothering participants for a while.
Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff released a statement on the decision: “Models have raised concerns about invasive photography and lack of privacy while changing clothes backstage at New York Fashion Week,” she said, according to The Cut. “The Model Alliance takes these concerns seriously and we decided to take additional steps this season to ensure a safe and respectful work environment by providing private changing areas backstage.”
The CFDA and Model Alliance have teamed up with IMG and Pier59 Studios to build these areas. These changing stations are to shield models from photographers, PR representatives, show runners, reporters, and hair and makeup artists. Prior to this change, models were expected to strip down in full view of the crowded, frenzied areas.
The change is a big one, although it really shouldn’t be. The idea of not changing out in the open like a P.E. locker room seems relatively simple – but it’s still a step in the right direction. Hopefully, every year will bring a new change towards inclusivity, diversity, and more comfortable working environments in the modeling industry.
[via Bravo TV]