The Council of Fashion Designers for America (CFDA) have suggested an age limit for runway models, due to the overwhelming amount of young models who grace the runway yearly. The CFDA suggests (keyword suggests), that models are at least 16 years old. Renowned designer, Marc Jacobs decided to make up his own rules, by using two models under the suggested age limit. Both of the underage models he used in his show are 14 years-old.
In all irony Jacobs happens to be a part of the CFDA board. He is a part of the board that made the same suggested age limits that he decided to break. As a result, Jacobs has come under fire for his decisions. The designer took the time to compare models to actors stating, “If their parents are willing to let them do a show, I don’t see any reason that it should be me who tells them that they can’t.” In all honesty, the two industries are similar in negative ways. They each have their own problems. Models are known for falling victim to hazardous diets in the modeling world, but this too happens in Hollywood. Child actors are exposed to a never ending amount of obstacles, and those that preserve come out looking stronger, while others fall by the wayside, and are often forgotten.
Jacobs recently sat down with the New York Times and told them “I do the show the way I think it should be, and not the way somebody tells me it should be.” Designers should be able to use the models that they choose, but there should be an age limit. The only difference between the two is that Hollywood hardly ever tries to pass a 14 year old girl off as a woman the same way the fashion industry does.