Models to Be Carded During Fashion Week

CFDA to card models at fashion week
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Age-old problem: Hailey Clauson (then 15) on the DVF Fall 2011 runway

They can’t drink, buy lottery tickets, or get into R-rated movies—and now, the Council of Fashion Designers of America is trying to make sure that girls of a certain age can’t walk the runway either.

The CFDA set guidelines in January requiring that models under 16 should not be hired for fashion shows, while girls under 18 should not be allowed to work past midnight for fittings or shoots.

Despite all that, Diane von Furstenberg—president of the CFDA—accidentally let the then 15-year-old Hailey Clauson walk in her Fall 2011 showan incident for which she apologized publicly.

This season, the designer and Steven Kolb, the council’s CEO, are cracking down on the policy by asking models to show their IDs on the day of the show.

“The casting agents for the Diane von Furstenberg show will be doing this and we encourage others to do the same,” a letter from Kolb and von Furstenberg read, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Joining the cause are top modeling agencies, who have pledged to not send girls under 16 for shows.

In related news, check out a certain high fashion 14-year-old (she has Miuccia Prada's stamp of approval!).