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Fashion models expose sexual harassment

The fashion industry is failing to deal with the problem of sexual harassment, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. In the UK, professional agencies represent about 12,000 models. Here are some of their stories. Marissa “One example I can think of was for a jeans brand. I turned up at the shoot, got the clothes on, got my make-up done, and then the make-up artist then left and I was left with the photographer. “And we did the shoot and I went to the bathroom for a break….

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Russian Authorities Investigate 14-Year-Old Model’s Death

Last week, a 14-year-old model from Perm, Russia, died while on a three-month assignment in China, setting off questions and a burst of unverified information regarding the circumstances of her death. On Tuesday, Russian authorities in Perm announced that they were starting a criminal investigation into whether Vlada Dzyuba’s death was caused by neglect, according to a local news publication. The inquiry could shed light on why “a child who has not reached 14 years of age found herself abroad, who it was that brokered her contract, why she did…

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After Weinstein Scandal, a Plan to Protect Models

The Harvey Weinstein news has spurred an outcry on sexual harassment from women far from Hollywood. Now some of that outrage is taking a new shape, beyond the repeated revelations, and has begun to influence the legal system. On Monday, New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens, announced she would introduce an amendment to the state’s current anti-discrimination laws. If passed, it would extend certain protection to models, putting designers, photographers and retailers (among others) on notice that they would be liable for abuses experienced on their…

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New Jaguar models to be electric in 2020

Every new Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) vehicle line launched from 2020 will be electric or hybrid, the company has announced. The carmaker said that the first of the new models would be a fully electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace, to go on sale in 2018. JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said the move was aimed at “giving customers even more choice”. The firm, Britain’s biggest carmaker, is owned by India’s Tata. In July, Chinese-owned firm Volvo said all its new models would have an electric motor from 2019, one year…

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French fashion giants including Gucci and Dior to ban size 0 models

Paris: Two of the world’s biggest luxury goods conglomerates say they want to protect the health of fashion models by making those who are unhealthily thin ineligible to work. The pact adopted by French corporations LVMH and Kering incorporates – and goes beyond – a new French law that requires all models to provide medical certificates proving they are healthy before they can work. Models fill the catwalk at the at a Stella McCartney show in Paris in 2005. Photo: AP The two giants’ fashion houses include Dior, Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Saint…

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Christian Dior and Gucci owners drop super-skinny models

The fashion houses behind brands including Christian Dior and Gucci have said they will stop using underweight models for their catwalk shows. LVMH and Kering, two of the biggest fashion firms in the world, made the move amid criticism the industry encourages eating disorders. Models must be bigger than a French size 32 for women, which corresponds to a UK size six or US size zero. The firms will also not use models under the age of 16 for adult clothes. Kering’s billionaire chairman Francois-Henri Pinault said the firms hoped…

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