|Brainwashing Sequence in Zoolander. Credit: Paramount Pictures|
From the article:
It seems like a Zoolander skit, models organizing,” Sara Ziff says between bites of pizza in the East Village. “And I am very aware of that.”The truth is that models, like any other kind of worker across America, face serious issues in their workplaces and careers - issues they have the right to come together to discuss and try to improve. In modeling, those issues include the enforcement of child-labor laws, financial transparency in dealing with agents, supporting those who are the victims of sexual harassment and assault, and lack of health care for working models.
At age 29, Ziff has a whole modeling career under her belt, but it looks like she's on her way to another promising career as an organizer.
“You can’t make radical change being totally out there; you have to work with people in a way that is not totally combative. So does it drive me crazy to think that we might have to compromise?” she asks. “Sure. But this is part of politics.” Recently, she took a class at Fordham on fashion-modeling law—yes, they actually have those. “I’m studying modeling,” she says sheepishly. “I’m such a loser. I’m like such a nerd.”Nerd? Maybe - but we're all for it! Head on over to NY Mag to check out the rest of the interview with Sara - and stay tuned to the UFCW blog for more information about how we can stand in solidarity with the Model Alliance after its launch on February 6.