Most of the fashion industry is built on an illusion of glamour. Even those of us who love the sequined, sartorial facade (And we do most of the time!) have to admit that that there are certain uncomfortable truths about the industry that are anything but beautiful. Here's a small peek at what's behind the couture curtain.
They Crave Young Models-but Not Just For Their Looks
The reason runway shows are full of Slovenian teenagers isn't only because clothes look inherently better on younger women. Designers and modeling agencies depend on a steady flow of extremely young girls because they're the only ones who will work for free, live in crowded apartments, and have their occasional wages docked by their agencies to pay for things like travel expenses and comp cards. As a recent editorial in The New York Times illustrated, average models (not the superstars) often get paid in clothes, work very long hours, and have no workplace protections-an arrangement some former models have