Welcome to Equity's Models' area
Following the recent media coverage of sexual assault and harassment in the fashionindustry, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can Models' Organiser Emmnauel de Lange on 020 7670 0237 or Policy Development Organiser Louise McMullan at 020 7670 0260.
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.
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.
Being an Equity member means that you are taking a stance against exploitation in the modelling industry. Further benefits of membership include:
- Advice on contracts and your relationship with your agent.
- Free legal help.
- Insurance coverage in case of accidents or claims against you. Plus £10,000 compensation for any facial disfigurement/injury incurred on or off a job.
- Advice on copyright.
- Discounts on useful services such as gym access, hair removal and teeth whitening.
- The Models’ Network – a new network within Equity for models to share ideas and experiences and to campaign for advances in models’ rights.
Contacts and help
For further information contact:
Emmanuel de Lange on email@example.com or 020 7670 0237
Pictured above is Equity member and model Dunja Knezevic