The well worn modeling stereotype brings images of glamour, gorgeous clothing, evenings full of champagne, and Linda Evangelista explaining she doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000. The Model Alliance, a group formed to improve conditions for models, is dissolving that glossy veneer. Sure we’ve all heard horror stories of rampant anorexia, but the group’s new survey found a slew of other problems.
Only 85 models took part so the sample is small, but gives some deep insight. From the study published on Fashionista:
-Roughly 1/3 of models have had eating disorders.
-Anxiety and depression is the number one health concern and roughly 68% of those surveyed said they’d suffered from both.
-77% say they have been exposed to drugs or alcohol while at work. Some 50% have been exposed to cocaine on the job.
-Nearly 30% have been touched inappropriately on shoots and 28% say they’ve been pressured to have sex with someone at work.
It’s 100% awful, especially in a field where most girls are super young.