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Welcome to Equity's Models' area

Are you often required to work long hours without any breaks? Told you have to go topless only once you’ve arrived at the job? Or do you need support when it comes to dealing with your agent? Equity models are committed to ensuring that all models are treated with respect and dignity by improving working conditions across the modelling industry.

You may have heard of Equity as the trade union for actors, singers or dancers – we are also the UK trade union for fashion models.

We fight for our members rights at work and hope you’ll join the hundreds of models already in Equity.

Why join Equity as a model?

• Top agencies recommend it because we all want you to be treated with respect at work, get paid well, and be protected if anything goes wrong
• Legal support if anything goes wrong: we will take legal action for you to recover payment, breach of usage or any other legal right at workYou will not pay any legal fees, and keep 100% of any compensation awarded. We recover hundreds of thousands of pounds for our members every year, and we are completely independent, so we don’t mind taking even the  biggest clients to court
• No cost tax advice
• We are fighting for better pay and conditions for you at fashion week shows, e-commerce, editorial and more
• You will receive insurance:£10m Public Liability Insurance and accident insurance including £10,000 in case of facial disfigurement

What does it cost?

Equity membership starts at £10.61 per month. You can pay by direct debit, and reclaim this against your taxes. There is also a one-off joining fee of £31.

London Fashion Week

Equity, the Association of Model Agents, the British Fashion Council, and the Greater London Authority partnered up to create the Model Programme for London Fashion Week (LFW). This set minimum rates of pay for LFW shows, which increase according to the number of times the designer has shown at LFW; separate fitting fees; usage rights for photo and film; breaks; refreshments; conditions in changing areas; nudity; temperature; transport; health and safety and invoicing periods.

Code of Conduct

Equity models have developed a ten point code of conduct in response to unfair treatment models received while working. Models hired by companies signed up to the code of conduct, which includes UK Vogue, Next and Debenhams, get assurances on hours of work, breaks, food, transport, nudity and semi-nudity, temperature, changing rooms and prompt payment. Plus, models under 16 years of age will not be used in photoshoots representing adult models.

Contacts and Help

For further information contact: Emmanuel de Lange on or 020 7670 0237

Sexual Assault and Harassment

Following the recent media coverage of sexual assault and harassment in the fashion industry, Equity wants to reiterate that the union is here for models should they have any concerns regarding their treatment in the workplace.

Sexual harassment at work is not acceptable. Models deserve to be treated with the same respect as other workers and Equity will continue to challenge employers who abuse them.

The union recognises that individuals may not report harassment because they fear losing work. Every model should be reassured that they can talk to the union in complete confidence. Equity’s officials are experienced in dealing directly with employers on these issues and will act on behalf of members who have experienced inappropriate behaviour at work.

If you have concerns, please contact Equity by emailing Alternatively, you can Models' Organiser Emmnauel de Lange on 020 7670 0237 or Policy Development Organiser Louise McMullan at 020 7670 0260.