New Child Labor Law Covering Models Could Mean Serious Changes for the Fashion Industry

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: A model walks the runway wearing Hudson Kids during petitePARADE at Children's Club January 2017 at Jacob Javits Center on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for petitePARADE )
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The New York State Senate and Assembly met yesterday to unanimously pass legislation extending child labor laws to cover underage models. The legislation includes that child models are no longer to be overseen by the Department of Education, but instead the Department of Labor. This change means mandatory financial trusts, the presence of chaperones, and on-set tutors. It also includes provisions about access to food and consent forms for nudity, which currently aren't required. (Yep.) That these provisions weren't already guaranteed to underage models just underscores some of the major flaws that currently make up the fashion industry. 

The bill is not officially a law yet, but we will keep you looped in as more news comes out. 

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