CFDA: DVF & Steven Kolb On Health And Diversity At NYFW

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Jourdan Dunn at Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Show

It’s that time of the year again. New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Fall 2015 kicks off next week, before the shows even begins, the CFDA is urging members of its organization to be wary of using underage and unhealthy-looking models at their shows and to be more diversified this season and beyond.

CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and CEO Steven Kolb penned a letter to the New York fashion community.

Dear Friends,

As we approach New York Fashion Week, let’s remember that beauty is health and health is beauty.  It is also important to remember that beauty is diversity and as an industry, we stand by these two principles. It is essential to remind ourselves of this as we spread the message to the world.

Our Health Initiative guidelines have become the standard for working with models during fashion week. As a refresher, we have included the document which was drafted by our industry for you to review and consider. We strongly believe that models under the age of 16 do not belong on the runway and we ask everyone to follow this belief. Remember, we must consider the emotional and physical well-being of these young women. At a minimum, you are required to adhere to  labor laws (which can be downloaded here) that require models under the age of 18 to have proper documents and schedules. Please don’t hesitate to consult your legal counsel if needed.

We continue to work with Bethann Hardison to champion Diversity on the runway. More information to support this initiative can be found here.

Let’s stand together as an industry and do the right thing.

Love,
Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb

Hopefully, the designers take heed to this letter and we see more diversity on the runway this season and beyond. 

Photo Credit: Randy Brooke/WireImage

Via CFDA

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