Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

A Model for Labor Laws

A Model for Labor Laws

More From Sara

In this video

Tagged as

Ziff discusses her most recent work fighting for fair working standards for those working in the modeling industry.

Sara's Biography

Ideal Interview Subject: Gloria Steinem 
Childhood Career Ambitions: Veterinarian
Role Models: Dorian Warren
Biggest Challenge for the Next Generation: Identifying with each other across generations.
 

At the age of 14, Sara Ziff was walking home from school in New York City, when she was scouted to become a model. Ziff's experiences as a young model eventually fed into a desire to improve the working conditions in this highly unregulated and secretive industry. She has stated that she knew, as a teenager, that this work "would become more than just modeling...more meaningful to her in other ways." At the age of 18, Ziff began modeling full-time and began documenting her life with the help of then-boyfriend and filmmaker, Ole Schell. What initially began as a video diary eventually became the award-winning documentary, Picture Me, a film that explores some of the darker sides of the modeling industry through focusing both on Ziff's personal experiences and those of her fellow models. She has since returned to university, graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in political science.
 
She has become a vocal advocate for better working conditions in the modeling industry, founding the Model Alliance in 2011. Working with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, headed by Diane von Furstenberg, the nonprofit Model Alliance tries to work with the designers and other industry leaders to establish fair labor standards within the American fashion industry. 

Related Videos

Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer

Misty Copeland began her ballet career at age 13. Two years later, she had won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, and began her studies at the Lauridsien Ballet Cent...

Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
Actress

Diahann Carroll is an award-winning actress who broke barriers in American television as the first African American women to not only star in a series, "Julia", but also ...

Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator (D-New York)

Kirsten Gillibrand is a United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to her career in politics, she worked as a securities lawyer in New York Cit...

Sara Hurwitz
Sara Hurwitz
First Female Orthodox "Rabba"

Sara Hurwitz is the first officially ordained “Rabba,” in Orthodox Judaism. She is the Rabba at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and the Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, also...