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Luxury group Kering to steer clear of too-young models


Agence France-Presse

 /  Thu, May 16, 2019  /  12:01 pm
Luxury group Kering to steer clear of too-young models

A model presents a creation by Gucci during the women's Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collection fashion show in Milan, on February 21, 2018. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

French luxury group Kering said Wednesday that it would only hire models aged 18 and over "to represent adults" from 2020 on, reinforcing its ethical stance in a sector-wide issue.

"We are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses," chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault said in a statement.

"We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit," he added.

The policy is to take effect in time for the 2020-2021 fall/winter collections Kering said.

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"The physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession," the group's chief sustainability officer Marie-Claire Daveu said.

In 2017, Kering, which owns brands that include Gucci, Saint Laurent and Brioni adopted along with rival LVMH, which owns Louis Vuitton and Dior, a charter on working relations that introduced a minimum age of 16 and other practices such as not requiring ultra-thin models.

The fashion sector has begun to address the issue of how models are treated and what is expected of them, in part following the October 2017 death in China of a 14-year-old Russian model who reportedly lacked health insurance.

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