Before the start of last week’s New York Fashion Week, the CFDA, currently headed up by the supremely elegant Diane Von Furstenburg, issued its guidelines for designers on model heath – a list of suggestions which includes things like providing support for girls who appear to be suffering from eating disorders, providing healthy meals at castings and fittings and not using girls who are under sixteen.
However, Marc Jacobs has come under fire for not adhering to the last of those reccommendations by using two girls who are under 16 in his show on Monday. Thairine Garcia, who is fourteen, has already graced the covers of Brazialian Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Marie Claire, and she walked for Marc on Monday along with Ondria Hardin, also 14 who hails from North Carolina and has already starred in the Autumn / Winter 2011 Prada campaign.
Both girls are represented by Ford Models, which said last week that the company, while in favor of the health initiative, had not agreed to the council’s specific proposal of an age requirement for runway modelling.
Marc was typically outspoken about his decision to cast the girls, saying that ‘I do the show the way I think it should be, and not the way somebody tells me it should be… 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.’
‘There is no controversy’ said the designer.