If You Hated The Fashion Industry Before, Wait Till You See This

If You Hated The Fashion Industry Before, Wait Till You See This

”We’re working in an industry that is perceived as frivolous, and so our concerns are not taken seriously,” says model Sara Ziff, who’s been the face of Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic and walked the runway for Calvin Klein and Chanel. A model since age 14, Ziff exposed ugly industry stories in her 2009 documentary “Picture Me,” then founded the non-union workers’ group Model Alliance two years ago this month. In a fashion week interview with Salon, Ziff described largely unseen sexual coercion, wage theft and eating disorders; discussed her efforts (in a personal capacity) to foster solidarity between U.S. fashion models and Bangladesh garment workers; and considered what clout her group can bring to bear on the trillion-dollar industry. A condensed version of our conversation follows.

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~ by Shauna Osborn on February 18, 2014.

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