They said/We said: We weigh in on designers banning of underage models from walking during fashion week

Photography by Peter Stigter
Photography by Peter Stigter

By Bianca Teixeira

Ahem, pre-teens and teens, there’s one more place where you’re going to have to worry about getting carded: the runway. Fifteen and younger need not apply.

CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg has sent letters to her fellow designers asking them to demand a valid ID from every model walking in their shows to verify their age. Von Furstenberg was embarrassed last season after making a stink about only employing healthy 16-year-olds and then sending a 15-year-old Hailey Clauson down her own runway.

Two years ago, Michael Kors announced that he was not going to be hiring any models under 16. In a recent interview for the new issue of Interview Magazine, though, he mentions that a few models might have deceived him by lying about their age. Might not be much of a stretch, as agents have been known to fib about a model’s stats when it comes to their age, height, or weight.

With weigh-ins and measurement-taking at shows gaining in popularity to help prevent eating disorders, Von Furstenberg is hoping to set a new precedent with carding models as well.


The Cut: “Uh oh, all the 14- and 15-year-old girls will have to find something less glamorous to do, like … go back to school.” [NY Mag]

Nadja Auermann, ex-supermodel: “We can’t complain about paedophiles and then on the other side promote those who are underage as sex objects. This is a dangerous beauty ideal.” [The Local]


Sarah Casselman, senior fashion news editor: “Getting carded for something other than underage drinking? The times they are a-changin’. In theory, DVF’s idea is a good one, but there are two little words that need to be considered: FAKE ID.”