Ziff founded the group in 2011 to fight against what she calls an “unregulated industry” filled with child labour, sexual harassment, drugs, and eating disorders.
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“There’s this misperception that models are making millions of dollars,” Ziff told Metro New York. “What people don’t realise is that models are often working for free.”
Ziff has been outspoken about the injustices of the modelling world for some time. In 2009, she provided an inside look at the industry in her 2009 award-winning documentary “Picture Me” where she revealed sexual abuse cases.
Among the goals the group hopes to achieve are affordable health care and drafting a “Models’ Bill of Rights.” containing strict rights for underage models.
The discussion of a model union has been around for years. Trade Union Equity made strides last year by announcing an employment contract for models working London Fashion Week.
The organisation will hold a premiere reception Monday night at the Standard Hotel. Admittance will be free; however, an annual membership, providing access to their newsletter and grievance service, will cost $50.
The Model Alliance site also released an online survey revealing some shocking statistics of New York and Los Angeles based models.
In a sample of 85, over half of the models reported exposure to cocaine, suffer from depression or have been asked to lose weight.
We’d like to see numbers based on a larger scale to see if the results are the same; however, these are still pretty cringeworthy.
46.4% of those who posed nude were OK with it. However, 27.5% posed because they felt it necessary to keep their job.
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