Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to recognize models under the age of 18 to be recognized as child performers. The law, that goes into effect on November 20th, 2013, will provide the same rights and legal protection as other child performers working in New York.

New York photographers and designers will now need to adhere to the legal limits of hours, frequency of work, and how late a minor can be kept at a job. All minors will need a child model worker’s permit and employers may possibly be required to hire chaperones or tutors as well as withhold 15 percent of a child’s gross income to be placed in a trust. This will greatly affect designers for New York’s famed Fashion Week in February, which employs numerous underage models.

To read the entire law, click HERE.

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Pictured in this article is 13 year old, child model, Isabella

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