The Crawford-Gerber Malibu mansion is filled with the wails from Miss Kaia Gerber today, because Anna Wintour has gone and delayed her chances of running the likes of Gigi Hadid off the cover of Vogue for two more years. There’s a push in the fashion community to shy away from using 12-year-olds on stilts in fashion shoots because there are a lot of creeps loitering around set, and it’s strange to expect someone who just finished watching Dora to wear this season’s Balenciaga. Being beautiful will no longer get you out of homeroom and smelly high school gym classes. You’re going to have to wait to graduate before you’re paid to get passive aggressive comments from NYC fashion editors!
Vogue says it’s just not right that fashion talent is getting plucked from social media and music festivals as early as 12 and 13. I think the bigger question is what kind of parent lets their kids go unchaperoned to Coachella at ages 12 and 13, but maybe I’m just a real stick in the mud! In all seriousness, there are a slew of stories of inappropriate touching and cajoling to do uncomfortable poses around photo shoots, and given that fashion had its own #metoo movement (major photographers like Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and Patrick Demarchelier are no longer used by Vogue after they were accused of sexual misconduct), the magazine decided to put some standards in place for the magazine:
“Responding to stories about models both male and female being inappropriately touched, pressured for sexual favors, and even assaulted, Condé Nast established provisions aimed to ensure that all its editorial shoots are safe working spaces—harassment-free zones with private dressing rooms and allowances for model approval of both poses and clothing. Another set of provisions addresses the age of models: In recognition of the unique vulnerability of minors thrown into a career where they have little control and where abuse has been all too commonplace, the vendor code of conduct stipulates that no model under the age of eighteen will be photographed for editorial (unless he or she is the subject of an article, in which case the model will be both chaperoned and styled in an age-appropriate manner).”
18?! That means Kaia is either going to have to punch Kendall Jenner in the face in order to get an article written about her to side-step that Vogue age limit, or she’s going to need to spend the next two years making coin working the counter at her local Dairy Queen. Oh, Anna, I think you went a little overboard on this one. Everyone knows you’ll learn far more in an afternoon smoking thin cigarettes and sipping Aperol spritzes with Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette than you will for the duration of middle school!