SOL INSPIRATIONS MODEL GUIDELINES
The choices we make in the fashion world truly impact the perceptions of ‘normalcy’ in young teenage girls. An unrealistic body type in media and can be a HUGE reinforcement in their eating disorder behaviors, thoughts, and expectations. Sol Inspirations has adopted Vogue Magazine’s six point pact which is an adaptation of the the recommended guidelines from the Council of Fashion Designers of America:
- We will not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder. We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image.
- We will ask agents not to knowingly send us underage girls and casting directors to check IDs when casting shoots, shows and campaigns.
- We will help to structure mentoring programs where more mature models are able to give advice and guidance to younger girls, and we will help to raise industry-wide awareness through education, as has been integral to the Council of Fashion Designers of America Health Initiative.
- We will encourage producers to create healthy backstage working conditions, including healthy food options and a respect for privacy. We will encourage casting agents not to keep models unreasonably late.
- We encourage designers to consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing, which limits the range of women who can be photographed in their clothes, and encourages the use of extremely thin models.
- We will be ambassadors for the message of healthy body image.
In addition to the above guidelines, we have authored this guideline for our runway shows to promote a realistic standard of beauty and also to promote the diversity of people.
- Sol Inspirations realizes that a young teenager’s standard of beauty is influenced by the choices fashion leadership makes. Therefore, Sol Inspirations’ runway shows will actively promote a realistic standard of beauty by committing to represent models of different color, size and body shape. We will always include a diversity of sizes, heights and ethnicities.
The eating disorder warning signs listed below is taken from the CFDA’s website.
Eating Disorders: Warning Signs
Members of the fashion industry – modeling agents, designers, magazine editors, stylists, and models themselves – are on the front line with regard to early recognition of eating disorders in our community. Identifying and treating eating disorders early can lead to improved outcomes. Yet early detection of eating disorders can be challenged by the fact that eating disorder symptoms often involve private behaviors or secret thoughts and beliefs that are not apparent from the outside. Below, we list a number of the more common warning signs. While alone, none of the warning signs listed below indicates a definite eating disorder, each of these behaviors and attitudes, particularly in combination, may warrant clinical attention.
• Drastic change in eating or exercise patterns
• Skipping meals; eating very little; denying hunger
• Avoiding situations that involve food or eating
• Unusual food rituals or behaviors (cutting food into little pieces, pushing food around on plate without eating it, hiding food in napkin)
• Adherence to a very strict diet or rules about food/eating
• Obsessive counting of calories, carbohydrates, or fat grams
• Regularly eating large amounts of food without weight gain
• Tendency to go to the bathroom after eating
• Hiding food; eating in secret
• Extreme fears of gaining weight
• Severe dissatisfaction with body weight, shape or appearance
• Rapid weight loss
• Using extreme measures to lose weight (e.g., laxatives, diet pills, diuretics)
• Compulsive or driven exercise; inflexible exercise routine
• Talking about weight, shape, and/or food all the time
• Irritability, moodiness , depression
• Withdrawing from friends and/or activities
• Cuts and calluses on the back of the hands
• Dental enamel problems
• Wearing loose-fitting clothing to conceal weight loss
• Irregular or absent menstrual cycles
• Sensitivity to the cold
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