Alumna and supermodel Sara Ziff '11 recently launched the Model Alliance, a non-profit organization that strives to shine a spotlight on the abuse and discrimination that models frequently encounter in the industry. With help from fellow models and the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, the organization is working tirelessly to implement fair labor standards for models in the United States.
According to the organization's website, "the Model Alliance believes that models deserve fair treatment in their workplace, and aims to establish ethical standards that bring real and lasting change to the fashion industry as a whole." The group recognizes models' right to complete their compulsory schooling and argues that models should be afforded the same rights and privileges as employees in other industries in terms of payment, mental and physical health, labor laws, and protection against sexual harassment.
While enrolled at GS, Ziff, a political science major, co-directed and produced the award-winning documentary film Picture Me, which offers a gritty portrayal of the same mistreatment and harassment that led her to start the Model Alliance.