PARIS — Luxury rivals LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Kering teamed up to host a day of spirited roundtable discussions on the well-being of models, nearly two years after the groups joined forces to draft a charter aimed at improving working conditions for models. Two new signatories were announced: Publicis and Oscar de la Renta.
There were plenty of nods to progress made, but sticky issues were also highlighted, such as the need to improve support for models in early and late stages of their careers — which everyone agreed are getting shorter in these fast-paced times — as well as the importance of vetting modeling agencies from countries where there is less oversight.
“To me, it seemed important to organize a day that can be seen as a step but that also allows us to conclude the first chapter, so to speak — that’s the objective of this day,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs at Kering, in opening remarks to an auditorium filled with around 150 people, including models, editors and representatives from modeling agencies.
In fall 2017, in a context of increased social media scrutiny on working conditions of models, the companies challenged