Rebecca Romijn on Why Models Should Start Working at 18


So the big model news this Fashion Week, aside from Karlie Kloss not walking any shows, is that the CFDA’s new guidelines require catwalkers to show proof that they’re 16 or older in order to walk the shows. How this will be enforced, we’re still not sure. Ford has already sent out a statement confirming they are repping models under the age of 16. And it’s likely other agencies are too–and sending those girls out on castings.

Well, after the Cynthia Rowley show last night, we spotted former model and now actress Rebecca Romijn and figured we’d get an expert opinion on the matter. “I think that models should be 18 or older,” the stunner told us emphatically. Why?

“Because there are child labor laws in this country and having been a model I have witnessed enough to know,” she explained. “I think some models are too young when they start working. And I think that a lot of parents trust that they’ll be in really good hands and sometimes they aren’t.”

We wondered if she ever witnessed anything that gave her, uh, pause, and she decidedly (but vaguely) told us, “Yes. Lots of things. Am I going to go into it now? No.”

Okay then. We also briefly referenced the newly formed Model Alliance, which led to Romijn sharing this interesting insider tidbit: “By the way, alliances came up when I was modeling, too, and I was always invited to join them,” she said. “I think it’s a great idea and I really hope it works because I think that models need a lot of protection. But you can get blacklisted, too, if you join one, and that was what I was always warned against. So you never know.” Yikes. So does Romijn think that still happens now? “I don’t know,” she said. “I hope it works. I would love to see it work.”

Well, as the Alliance already has the support of A-listers like Coco Rocha, Doutzen Kroes, Shalom Harlow and Crystal Renn–not to mention the backing of the CFDA and a promising meeting with Vogue–it’s looking like models rights have progressed with the times. Maybe Romijn can be the group’s honorary chair.

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