Booking models for Fashion Week is hard enough when no one's worried about them being too thin or too young. Now that designers and casting agents worry a bit more about that stuff, models have, Michael Kors implied, started lying about being 16 when they're actually younger. Fibbing about age, height, and measurements isn't uncommon for agencies, who will do whatever they can to get a girl into a casting. Last season, CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg was embarrassed to discover that, after encouraging designers to cast healthy models of a certain age — 16 and older — the then-15-year-old Hailey Clauson walked in her show for some seasons. Yesterday, she and CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb sent a letter to designers, urging them to ask models for a valid ID on show day to prove that they are 16, which may be the legal working age but is hardly adult-age anyway.
“The casting agents for the Diane von Furstenberg show will be doing this and we encourage others to do the same,” the letter stated, adding that all top model agencies pledged not to send models under 16 for shows.
Uh oh, all the 14- and 15-year-old girls will have to find something less glamorous to do, like ... go back to school.