07/09/2017
Effective immediately.

Words by

Veronica Stanford

There's been increasing discussion about presenting a diverse range of body types on the runway. Now, two global fashion conglomerates have joined forces to implement new regulations around model castings and model well-being.

LVMH (owner of Céline, Kenzo, Givenchy, Fendi, Dior) and Kering (Gucci, YSL, Alexander McQueen, Puma) announced their joint ordinance earlier this week. Titled The Charter on Working Relations With Fashion Models and Their Well-Being, it covers a range of workplace matters and provides new regulations around the hire of models.

Effective immediately, the two companies’ 33 brands will no longer be able to hire models who are smaller than a size 34 for women and size 42 for men (in French sizing).

Aside from banning models deemed too skinny, the charter includes regulations around model wellbeing, including working hours, nudity and access to food and drink.

“Respecting the dignity of all women has always been both a personal commitment for me and a priority for Kering as a Group," said Chairman and CEO of Kering, François-Henri Pinault.

"Through the establishment of this charter and our commitment to abide by its terms, we are once again manifesting the importance of this core value in a very concrete manner. We hope to inspire the entire industry to follow suit, thus making a real difference in the working conditions of fashion models industry-wide.”

You can read the full charter here.

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