Vogue UK Signs Equity Models Code of Conduct
"Equity is delighted to sign the first model code of conduct with the fashion bible - Vogue Magazine. A pioneer in the international modeling industry and committed to the health and welfare of models, British Vogue has taken the lead by signing our Code", says Hilary Hadley of Equity.
The Equity Ten Point Code of Conduct for the treatment of models during photoshoots in studios and on location was drawn up by members of Equity’s models committee in response to the treatment they received when working on photoshoots, which ranged from the very good to the extremely bad.
Models hired by British Vogue for editorial work will now get assurances on hours of work, breaks, food, transport, nudity and semi-nudity, temperature, changing rooms and prompt payment. British Vogue readers can also be assured that all models in Vogue’s editorial are employed in line with the Code, and additionally that models under 16 years of age will not be used in photoshoots representing adult models.
Equity hopes that the rest of the fashion press and the high street stores will follow Vogue’s lead. Dunja Knezevic, a working model and current chair of Equity’s models committee, said: “Signing up to Equity’s Code shows Vogue UK’s dedication to improving the working conditions of models. We hope that other magazines and publishing houses, retailers and designers will also understand the importance of protecting models in the workplace, sign up to the Code and prevent treatment of the kind which would be wholly unacceptable in any other profession!”
Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work they do with, and on behalf of, its members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.
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