Protecting Underage Models Becomes a Federal Issue
Just months after the start of yet another fashion trend for using models age 16 and under, Representative Grace Meng of New York introduced the Child Performers Protection Act of 2015, a bill intended to extend federal workplace safety regulations to young professionals, including models.
“Working as a child model or actor can be an incredible opportunity and lead to success for a lifetime,” Ms. Meng said during a telephone call. “However, the work can come with much risk. Although there are a patchwork of disparate state laws, these regulations offer inconsistent protections. That’s why we need a national standard.”