Mental health and well-being are being cited as reasons why.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is urging fashion houses showing at New York Fashion Week next month not to hire models under the age of 18.

An email from the organisation’s head, Steven Kolb, was sent to a number of people involved in the fashion industry on Monday in an attempt to discourage the act of hiring minors for shows. 

Kolb cites well-being and mental health in his writing.

“As you cast your New York Fashion Week shows, please remember to promote diversity and inclusion, on and off the runway.

"American fashion can lead the path. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to support the well-being of younger individuals by not hiring models under the age of 18 for runway shows, and to create areas backstage for models to change in privacy.”

This move shouldn't come as surprising due to the fact that in August 2018, updates were made in order to “champion model safety and well-being” ahead of the Fashion Week kickoff in September. 

More private dressing rooms – including one specifically for models under 18 – were installed as well as a new rule banning nearly all access once the models change into their designer outfits.

“The industry is now holding itself accountable to protecting models,” said Kolb, of the new changes.

“The #MeToo movement created a space for models to speak out about harassment, assault or other issues that violated their personal well-being.”

It's understood that these changes were influenced by Vogue, as just a week before private dressing rooms were announced, the proverbial fashion bible revealed that it would no longer feature models younger than 18.

Condé Nast, who publishes the magazine, also issued new guidelines for its photo shoots following reports of sexual harassment on set. 

IMG — who manages Cindy Crawford’s 17-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber — is not raising the age for its models, but a spokeswoman acknowledged that there is “definitely a conversation happening around age” in the industry.

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