Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dior Under Fire for Hiring 14-Year Old Model

A few days, we featured the 14-year old model of Christian Dior fashion label. Now, the company is under fire for making Sofia Mechetner the face of their very adult brand. They even signed her to a US$ 265,000 contract, and having her walk in a fashion show topless in a see-through gown.

Critics claim the girl does not meet The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) age guidelines. Passed in 2007, the guidelines say models should not be under the age of 16, but with the recent influx of minor models like Cindy Crawford’s 13-year-old daughter Kaia, it seems many in the industry are ignoring those policies.

"In 2007, the CFDA established its Health Initiative which strongly recommends that designers do not use models under the age of 16," the CFDA said in a statement. "The CFDA communicates this message to its members prior to the spring and fall castings, and there has been great acceptance of these guidelines. We also support the New York State Legislature law stating that all models under 18 must be treated as child performers"

Model Molly Fletcher, who began her career at 18 years old, also agrees with the CDFA that young girls should not strut their adolescent stuff on the runway.

"I don't think it's good to use underage models, they haven't fully developed physically or mentally," Fletcher said. "So, how could they represent a woman at a young age, let alone deal with the pressures of the industry?"

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