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With New York fashion underway in less than a week, Fashion designer and co-president of CFDA Diane Von Furstenberg has written an open letter to the fashion industry. Fighting for diversity and the health and well being of models she addresses the politics of the fashion world in a letter posted on the CFDA website.

 

In the letter, Diane focuses on the importance of the emotional well being of young models, especially girls who are of a young age as well as addressing being age appropriate for the runway; suggesting that girls under the age of 16 do not belong on the runway.

 

Diane- who’s famous clients include Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Paris Hilton and Kate Middleton released the letter on the CFDA website in collaboration with Steven Kolb.

Check out an excerpt from the letter, below:

 

Dear Friends,

As we approach New York Fashion Week, let’s remember that beauty is health and health is beauty.  It is also important to remember that beauty is diversity and as an industry, we stand by these two principles. It is essential to remind ourselves of this as we spread the message to the world.

As a refresher, we have included the document which was drafted by our industry for you to review and consider. We strongly believe that models under the age of 16 do not belong on the runway and we ask everyone to follow this belief. Remember, we must consider the emotional and physical well-being of these young women.

 

The full letter can be read and downloaded here.

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