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Both Marc Jacobs' Fall 2012 runway shows for his eponymous line and his secondary collection, Marc by Marc Jacobs, seemingly went off without a hitch in New York last month, despite the inevitable backlash that came when everyone found out he disregarded the CFDA 's guidelines to use models who are at least 16 years old - especially because he sits on the CFDA's Board of Directors. Tisk, tisk!
But beyond casting two under-agers, rumors are swirling that Marc disobeyed a few more guidelines - not only did he keep models under 18 well past midnight, but model Hailey Hasbrook, 17, reportedly worked more than 30 unpaid hours for Jacobs, many times until 4:30 am, despite early call times for other designers' castings. In lieu of a paycheck, she received a bag, a dress, a jacket and shoes from the label. Totally fair, right?
As Jezebel points out, her naive tumblr post (which has since been deleted) about the whole ordeal is nothing short of depressing --
One night I did looks for Marc Jacobs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and then the next day I was there until 4:30 in the morning. And I had Theyskens' Theory the next morning with an 8 a.m. call time...Despite the long hours it was actually a lot of fun.
Sunday was a VERY hectic and LOOOOONGG day…..It started with a casting for Rodarte at 11:00 in the morning. Then, I had MORE looks for Marc Jacobs. The SCHEDULED time was Noon-4:30. They ended up keeping me until 6:00, though, causing me to have to switch around my schedule and cancel some things.
I get a call from my agency saying Marc wants me BACK to do more looks. They told him that I would do it but I had to have an early night because I had shows early the next morning. They told me that I shouldn't be there any later than 10:30.
Well, 10:30 rolls around and I ask Shawn if he knows when I will be ready to leave. Only to find out that they have me booked open-ended. Meaning that they had no specific end time for me. After a couple phone calls, they decided on 2:00 am.
Well, 2:00 rolls around…. I hadn't been trying things on for a while so we all thought I would be good to go. I go and start to get dressed only to be called for in the other room by Marc. I didn't end up leaving until around 4:30 in morning.
Though Hailey did end up walking for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Theyskens' Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Victoria by Victoria Beckham and Houghton, she doesn't mention what other designers payed her. And while I've long fantasized about getting paid in designer handbags, dresses, shoes and the like, I couldn't imagine actually having to forego cash for them. Then again, that's more than I ever received from my three unpaid internships.
I've heard this sort of "payment" is quite common when newer models walk in much-coveted shows, but why isn't it regulated more fairly? Or do you look at Hailey's experience as a week-long internship? Tweet me!
UPDATE: Marc Jacobs has responded by tweeting his decidedly honest opinion: