American model Sara Ziff who began her decade-long career at age 14 has created the Model Alliance to improve the working conditions of models. Ziff wants to convince the model industry to take better care of models through workplace rights and safeguards against financial exploitation, labor law violations and sexual abuse.
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"Many models start in their early teens, moving far from family and, sometimes, even their country of origin. Ziff says they work long hours, sometimes accepting clothing as pay. They may earn so little money that they live in debt to their agencies. Sexual abuse is also a problem, the Alliance says, and it addresses that with a proposed grievance process."
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