LABOR RELATIONS: The Model Alliance, the long-in-the-works nonprofit that aims to improve working conditions in the American modeling industry, held a launch party Monday night at The Standard Hotel’s High Line Room in New York. Founder and model Sara Ziff delivered a mission statement to the crowd and was backed up by the likes of former model and current Jezebel blogger Jenna Sauers and Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute, which co-hosted the evening with Coco Rocha. The group, organizers said, will work to achieve greater financial transparency and the enforcement of child labor laws, among other goals.

For the fall 2012 season specifically, the alliance has introduced a backstage privacy policy, implemented a system to anonymously counsel models on workplace abuse and drafted a models’ bill of rights. “In this industry, you will be pressured into things you had never thought of,” Rocha said toward the end of the party. “Either you will just allow it or you will stand firm. And that’s why I really wanted to be part of this, because this is something bigger. This is about our rights as human beings, as women and men.”

This story first appeared in the February 8, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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