Model Programme

19 August 2008
Following the publication in September 2007 of Fashioning a Healthy Future, the report of the Model Health Inquiry, the BFC has completed a 12 month action plan, during which our key achievements were:

Contractual agreement with designers to ensure:

  • A ban on models under the age of 16 at London Fashion Week:
  • Healthy and safe backstage environments
  • The provision of healthy food and drinks for all workers backstage at fashion shows.
  • The BFC has introduced an auditing process to monitor the above.
  • Equity, the performing arts union established a Model section recognising modelling, for the first time, as a  profession on a par with acting and dance.
  • The BFC funded an eating disorder awareness seminar for model agencies staff delivered by B-EAT.
  • The BFC commissioned an independent feasibility study which saw the modelling industry (models, modelling agencies and Equity) universally reject the proposed introduction of Model Health Certificates in London.

  • Since then, a working group has been established to carry forward these initiatives and continue work in this area.  The working group includes representatives from the BFC, Association of Model Agents, Equity and the LDA.  Outcomes from this working party, to date include:
    • Annual BFC-hosted eating disorder awareness seminars for model agencies
    • Equity has produced a series of advice leaflets for models on health issues 
    • The AMA have launched a website ( which makes available general information on modelling, their member agencies and includes best practice for booking models.

    For further infomation please contact:
    Judith Rosser-Davies
    BFC Project Coordinator
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7759 1974