New York Passes Child Model Law

Senators Klein and Savino speaking with models at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday.

On Wednesday, New York lawmakers voted unanimously to pass a law that recognizes models as child performers, affording them the same protections actors, dancers, and musicians under the age of 18 have had for ages.

Proposed by Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and State Senate Labor Committee Chairwoman Diane Savino, the law adds “print and runway models” to the list of child performers protected by strict Department of Labor regulations. Under these laws, designers who hire print and runway models under the age of 18 will now have to put a portion of the model’s earnings into a trust, and hire chaperones and tutors for the girls on set. (The law is expected to affect female models more than male models, who tend to start their careers a little older.)

This is also a significant accomplishment for the Model Alliance, a non-union organization that works to improve working conditions for fashion models, which worked closely with lawmakers on the bill. Model Alliance Director Sara Ziff said this is the first piece of legislation the organization has introduced. And Model Alliance member and model Coco Rocha, who promoted the bill this week, is thrilled with the vote. “I could not be happier,” she said. “If the Model Alliance never achieves anything else, this was monumental.”

The law will result in a lot more paperwork for fashion houses wanting to hire young models. They’ll now have to apply for a certificate to work with print or runway models younger than 18 and keep careful records of all minors they work with should the Department of Labor check in to make sure they’re following the rules.

“I think it’s a good law,” Fordham Fashion Law Institute Director Susan Scafidi told BuzzFeed Fashion earlier this week. “It really means that a lot of fashion houses, a lot of designers are going to have to rethink their castings.” Now they can’t add a 17-year-old to a fashion show lineup the night before a show — if they want to hire 17-year-olds, they’ll have to plan ahead and submit paperwork days in advance.

Violations will result in fines — up to $1,000 for the first offense, and $2,000 to $3,000 for second and third offenses. That’s not a lot for a big, wealthy fashion brand, but the publicity they’d get for violating child labor laws would be much more damaging.

“Truly, I think the simplest and easiest response to this law is just hire 18-year-olds,” Scafidi said.

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The 45 Most WTF Red Carpet Moments Of 2012

And your winners are…

45. Rihanna At The Tokyo Premiere Of “Battleship”

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44. The Black Keys At The MTV Movie Awards

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43. Lady Gaga At The Emmy Awards Press Room

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42. Reggie Watts At The Comedy Awards

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41. Loreen At The MTV EMA’s

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40. Papa John At The Country Music Awards

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Why were you there and pizza is NOT an accessory!!

39. Jeremy Scott At The New Now Next Awards

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38. Elizabeth Banks At The Met Gala

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37. Lindsay Lohan At The Premiere Of “Liz & Dick”

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36. Oliver Stone And Salma Hayek At The London Premiere Of “Savages”

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The infamous boob-graze.

35. Kuba Ka At The Billboard Music Awards

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34. Scarlett Johansson At The “Hitchcock” New York Premiere

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33. Mary Murphy At The Creative Arts Emmys

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32. Ezra Miller At The MTV Movie Awards

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31. Kyarypamyupamyu At The MTV Japan Awards

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30. Tan Mom Outside Of XL Cabaret

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29. Sacha Baron Cohen At The Oscars

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28. Kerli At The New Now Next Awards

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27. Brian Wilson At The ESPY Awards

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26. Wolfgang Puck At The Oscars

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25. Sasha Gradiva At The Grammy Awards

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24. Demi Lovato At The Teen Choice Awards

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23. Bonnie Mckee At The Grammy Awards

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22. Chloe Sevigny At The Met Gala

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21. Ashley Judd At The Emmy Awards

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20. Elle Fanning At The “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” Los Angeles Premiere

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19. Ezra Miller At The MTV Video Music Awards

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18. Katy Perry At The Kids Choice Awards

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17. Erin Wasson At The Warner Brothers And InStyle Golden Globes Party

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16. Miley Cyrus At The Billboard Music Awards

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15. Jeff Ross At The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr


14. Eden Wood At The New Now Next Awards

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13. Nicki Minaj At The Grammy Awards

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12. China Chow At The New Now Next Awards

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11. Kevin McHale At The Teen Choice Awards

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10. Florence Welch At The Met Gala

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9. Lena Dunham At The L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Event

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8. Alexander Antebi at the MTV Video Music Awards

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7. Lady Gaga At The NYC Launch Of Her “Fame” Perfume

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6. Marc Jacobs At The Met Gala

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5. Melody Thornton At The ELLE Women In Music Event

4. Perez Hilton At The New Now Next Awards

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3. Christina Aguilera At The American Music Awards


2. Shailene Woodley At A Golden Globes After-Party

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A close-up of her TOE SHOES!!!!

1. Angelina Jolie At The Academy Awards

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Meet The 82 Year Old Lanvin Hired To Model In Its New Ads

Murdock started dancing at the Apollo theater in New York when she was 17 (her dance name is “Tajah”). She says she wanted to model “from a very young age,” but, “The opportunity was not there at my time for women of color.”

The people at Lanvin noticed Murdock after she went on the Today show to talk about Advanced Style with some of the blog’s other sassy star subjects. Murdock tells Fashionista she went in for an interview with the label and received a call the next day that she had been cast for the campaign, which features “real people” aged 18 to 82.

In her interview with Fashionista, Murdock reveals herself to be one of the few women who rejoice when they don’t fit into a size zero:

Well at first, they brought a short dress–strapless with a big great white bow. I looked at it and thought it would have been more appropriate for a younger woman–a 19 or 20-year-old girl. The two ladies that were helping me step into it said ‘This is too small. We can’t pull up the zipper.’ It must have been a size zero, and I was so happy. Then they brought the original dress, and it was just me. It had a neck. The green long sleeves, skirt below the knee, with a peplum in the front. It’s so unusual because I spoke to them when they interviewed me about a peplum, and I didn’t event know that a peplum was in this year!

Here is the clip of Murdock on the Today show, which affectionately dubs her and her Advanced Style compatriots “glam-mas”:

These two not-models also appear in the campaign with Murdock, though they aren’t yet generating nearly as much buzz:

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Is Rachel Zoe’s Clothing Line A Flop?

In 2011, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe launched the Rachel Zoe Collection with an unprecedented reach for a debut clothing line. On such a grand stage, the line had no opportunity to experience the growing pains associated with any new business. Now, it seems to be going through them.

The line hit stores in conjunction with the premiere of the fourth season of Zoe’s Bravo show, The Rachel Zoe Project, in July 2011, landing in all 41 Neiman Marcus stores and online, as well as at Bergdorf Goodman, Shopbop, Nordstrom, Saks, Intermix, Kirna Zabête, and Selfridges. But now, a Saks rep confirms that the line has not been available on sales floors as of the 2012 collection. You can still buy the collection from Saks, but online only.

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In Bloomingdale’s, Zoe’s line launched with a gorgeous, gigantic shop-in-shop, the creation of which was the subject of a considerable chunk of The Rachel Zoe Project’s fourth and most recent season. However, a visit to the Manhattan flagship store yesterday revealed just four racks and change of clothes belonging to the Rachel Zoe Collection. A salesperson in the store said Zoe hasn’t had significant space on the floor since last year. “She had a full shop,” said the employee. Now it’s “just a couple of racks.” Bloomingdale’s, which declined to comment for this story, seems to have more of the Rachel Zoe Collection for sale online than on sales floors. Zoe’s reps also did not comment.

In late August, Page Six wrote, “We hear the line isn’t doing well at stores including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, with industry insiders snipping that interest in the line has ‘peaked.’” Shortly after that item came out, the press got in a tizzy over Selfridges’ decision to drop Zoe’s clothing from their lineup (though the store still sells her shoes).

The Rachel Zoe Collection’s launch was unusually huge — most first-time designers fail to ever get their lines off the ground, much less in a single major retailer or a ton of major retailers. But Zoe had an unusually spectacular platform for launching a line: She was a known tastemaker in fashion — something not all other very successful celebrity designers, like Jessica Simpson, are — and had her own show that raked in 1.26 million viewers for its fourth season premiere. But new episodes of the show haven’t aired since October of last year, contracting the spotlight on Zoe and her empire.

Maren Hartman, trend forecasting company WGSN’s East Coast director of U.S. content, tells BuzzFeed Shift, “There has been lots of discussion regarding the loss of floor space for the Zoe line. Issues with fit after a change in fit model have also been mentioned by industry insiders.” But this might not be that big of a deal for the long-term health of her brand or line. “I think that due to Rachel Zoe’s celebrity and the large initial interest by the media and retailers, some of the typical ‘start-up’ issues haven’t been ironed out yet,” Hartman continues. “She’s just simply getting a lot more attention than most new designers.” And most designers with new lines aren’t tabloid fodder whose every move is scrutinized. Alexander Wang isn’t going to make headlines, for instance, when his clothes end up on a sale rack.

Though Saks would not comment on what prompted the move of Zoe’s line to online-only sales, it might just be that her line sells better on the Internet, where it can reach multiple demographics, as opposed to physical stores that attract a very specific kind of shopper. “Perhaps they’re going to stick with that and see if the online sales continue to grow before they give her a presence on the floor set again,” Hartman says. Even without the show, Zoe has a great social media presence, including 1.4 million Twitter followers and hundreds of thousands of subscribers to her newsletter, The Zoe Report, with which to promote the line.

When season five of The Rachel Zoe Project starts up again, whatever minor lull her line might be having right now seems sure to dissolve.

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Anyone Care That Gisele Had A Baby Girl?

1. Congrats to Gisele!

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2. She gave birth to a baby girl she and Tom Brady decided to name Vivian Lake.

Here’s a photo of her holding the baby’s hand, which she posted on Facebook with a message that reads, “Vivian Lake was born at home on December 5. She is healthy and full of life.”

3. What could Kate Middleton possibly be thinking about this happy news?

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22 Moments In Shiny Clothing That Should Have Never Happened

1. Never Should Have Happened: John Stamos in a gold button-up.

2. Never Should Have Happened: The Rock in a gold vest and pants from the juniors’ department.

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3. Never Should Have Happened: The Olsen Twins stealing from Bette Midler’s closet.

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4. Never Should Have Happened: The Backstreet BoysssSS;liaje;oagemroi (sorry, went temporarily blind for a second; I’m better now).

5. Never Should Have Happened: Shaggy in a lime green tux. Which he later let Oprah borrow.

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6. Never Should Have Happened: Coolio in an iridescent blue top. Because the fuzzy hat would have been enough.

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7. Never Should Have Happened: Gwyneth in a shiny silver coat thing. Because that just added to the list of things she probably tortured Brad with.

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8. Never Should Have Happened: Usher’s shiny chambray. Usher gets off with a warning for this one because it’s not too bad.

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9. No! Bad, Usher! Bad, bad!

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10. Never Should Have Happened: Joshua Jackson’s shiny pink pants. He’s lucky he still had a career after this.

11. Never Should Have Happened: Christina Aguilera’s three-piece ensemble. Just. So. Shiny.

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12. Never Should Have Happened: Melissa Joan Hart’s…I don’t even know what is going on here.

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13. Never Should Have Happened: January Jones and her — wait, what the — were they together?

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14. Never Should Have Happened: Well, maybe “A Night at the Roxbury” wasn’t so bad…it was just that there were people in real life kind of like this.

15. Never Should Have Happened: Chilli and this outfit. Sending our deepest regrets.

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16. Never Should Have Happened: Black Street in the same shiny suit AHHHHHHHHH!

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17. Never Should Have Happened: Brian Setzer with the Dixie Chicks………

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18. Never Should Have Happened: The Derek Zoolander School For Kids Who Can’t Read Good. And the silver suit.

19. Never Should Have Happened: Will Smith and everything he wore when that “Miami” song was out.

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20. Never Should Have Happened: Busta Rhymes in shimmering purple. Please make it stop.

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21. Never Should Have Happened: Jennifer Love Hewitt and the curtain from that boutique hotel that just got it wrong.

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22. Never Should Have Happened: Britney Spears and the poor disco balls that had to die for the sake of her pants.

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23 Important Naomi Campbell Moments From The U.K. Premiere Of “The Face”

1. Everything you need to know about the British version of modeling competition The Face can be summed up in this GIF of Naomi Campbell riding a CGI plane.

By which, I mean, the show is AMAZING.

2. Suddenly the plane is a real plane. And Naomi is disembarking!


3. Now she’s getting into a car. This is a real car, don’t worry.

It might not be driving her anywhere, but we can all imagine that. Can’t we?

4. Meanwhile, lots of would-be model supermodels are also on their way to the auditions. They have to walk though.

5. Anyway, back to Naomi. Here she is with fellow judges Erin O’Connor and Caroline Winberg.

Erin and Caroline are both great.

If they keep it up, they might just get GIF recaps to their name in future! After all, at the moment Naomi does have more experience than both combined. (Which is a fact you can be damn sure she mentions during the premiere.)

6. Just to note, though: when the three mentors walk in to meet the show’s contestants, Caroline and Erin are a solid five paces behind Naomi.

Let’s not even pretend that’s a coincidence.

7. Purely gratuitous camera pan up Naomi’s outfit. She’s nodding, because she knows she looks good.

8. The models begin their auditions. Naomi is impatient.

9. Welsh beauty queen Sophie turns up and Naomi looks like this:

Why? Because the last time a beauty queen appeared on The Face, things got awkward post-show.

Spoiler: Sophie does not make it onto Team Naomi. Or onto anyone’s team in fact. She is sad about that, but (maybe) Naomi is relieved.

10. But then crazy posho Chloe-Jasmine shows up with her crazy wig and makes Naomi laugh. So that’s nice.

Here is Chloe-Jasmine’s tragic wig.

It’s from Harrods, apparently. But still. A brief note to Chloe-Jasmine’s fans: savor her. She probably won’t last long.

11. And then another contestant reminds Naomi of herself, which allows for a GENIUS moment of a young Naomi popping up on a quintessentially ’90s news show.

Young Naomi = stunning. But then, present day Naomi also = stunning. That’s maths for you!

Following the first round of auditions, the remaining hopefuls show off their runway walks. Naomi demonstrates.

12. Naomi OWNS the catwalk.

More ownage.

13. Meanwhile, Erin and Caroline watch and probably feel a little awkward inside.

Or maybe they’re thinking about bagels. I’m thinking about bagels right now.

14. It’s the models’ turn to show off their walks. Naomi pretends to be nervous.

Why would Naomi be nervous? IDGI.

15. And as it happens, the runway walks all suck. One sucks so bad Naomi has a giggle fit.

Bonus: Erin’s delightful derp-face.

Naomi is still laughing. So much it has brought her to tears.

These tears could well be staged, however. I was lucky enough to go and watch an afternoon’s filming of The Face earlier this summer and can confirm that Naomi had a makeup artist present at any/all points upon which a touch-up may have proved necessary.

16. And that’s enough of the runway stuff. Now it’s time for Naomi, Erin and Caroline to pick their teams. First though, Naomi has to let out a stealthy fart.

OMG I’m kidding, she’s viewing a model’s photo that is particularly edgy/fierce/stunning/odd.

I kind of can’t process the fact that I just made a Naomi Campbell fart joke.

Not sure if that’s ok or not. But #ohwell. I’m still Team Naomi.

17. The first successful contestant doesn’t choose Naomi as her mentor. Cue this reaction:


19. But then models left, right and center start picking Naomi. As they should. Naturally she taunts her fellow mentors, playfully.

And she smirks.

This is a high fashion smirk. Live it, love it, own it.

20. Yay! Team Naomi!

21. In fact, Naomi is the first mentor to fill her team with four model contestants. Here she is doing a celebratory dance.

22. And now here she is laying down the law to her team.

23. She’s a big fan of taking notes, apparently. So her team all get their own notebook!

That’s because reading is fundamental, and so is writing.

The Face airs on Monday evenings on Sky Living in the U.K.

It’s a must-watch, particularly once the eliminations start next week and the competition really gets heated.

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