New York Fashion Week officials are changing the culture amid the #MeToo movement by adding more private dressing rooms — including one specifically for models under 18, The Post has learned.
The girls will also be able to pass in and out of backstage areas (like the one above) without being ogled by throngs of photographers, journalists and other tagalongs thanks to a new rule banning nearly all access once the models change into their designer outfits.
“The industry is now holding itself accountable to protecting models,” said Steven Kolb, chief executive of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. “The #MeToo movement created a space for models to speak out about harassment, assault or other issues that violated their personal well-being.”
The updates were made in order to “champion model safety and well-being” ahead of the Fashion Week kickoff on Sept. 6, according to an International Management Group memo.
Models will not only have added privacy, but they’ll have extra space to change and “quiet rooms” to privately spend their time while they’re not hitting the runway.
“IMG will expand our changing rooms backstage to include three private spaces,” explained Ivan Bart, president of IMG Fashion Properties, which owns the rights to NYFW and produces more than 70 shows.
The agency first introduced a dressing room to its spaces during February’s NYFW. The event’s chaotic backstage areas and the overall industry have come under intense scrutiny in the wake of #MeToo.
The backstage changes came as fashion’s proverbial bible, Vogue, announced last week that it would no longer feature models younger than 18.
Magazine’s publisher Condé Nast has also issued new guidelines for its photo shoots after reports emerged about models being inappropriately touched or pressured for sexual favors.
IMG — whose roster includes Cindy Crawford’s 16-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber — is not raising the age for its models, but a spokeswoman acknowledged that there is “definitely a conversation happening around age” in the industry.
Other agencies, including DNA Models and The Society Management, said starting in September they would no longer use underage models.