New research published today in the International Journal of Eating Disorders confirms what we’ve all known for years - models are being pressured to lose weight or change their body shape/size, and as a result, disordered eating and full-blown eating disorders are rife in the industry.
Pressure to conform to the ultra-thin beauty ideal hurts not only models but consumers as well. So, in advance of New York Fashion Week, NEDA has teamed up with the researchers, the Model Alliance, and more than 30 leading models - including Iskra Lawrence, Jennie Runk, Sabina Karlsson, and Geena Rocero – to call on the fashion industry to put health first!
In the open letter we released today, these amazing models challenged the American fashion industry to make a serious commitment to promote health and diversity on the runway. Now we need you, as a consumer, to stand with them and make it clear that health and diversity on the runway are important to us all.
Sign the public petition today and challenge the fashion industry to…
- Make a serious commitment to promote health and diversity.
- Uphold the understanding that models under age 16 do not belong on the runway.
- Observe child labor laws in New York State, which require that models under 18-years-old have proper documents and schedules.
- Review the latest research on eating disorders and unhealthy weight control practices in the fashion industry and commit to working collaboratively with industry stakeholders and medical experts.
P.S Don't forget to spread the word and amplify the campaign on social media with #DearNYFW!