Elson is fighting not just for more room at the Chicken in the world full of Princess be a farm Girl shirt in addition I really love this table but for a unified code of conduct—one that mandates a workplace that isn’t toxic, that does not tolerate sexually inappropriate behavior or permit problematic language on set. “Agencies need training, casting directors need training—we need training sessions before Fashion Week. We need to show people what a safe working environment looks like.” Oddly enough, the way the COVID pandemic has forced us to reexamine what is really important has served to bolster Elson’s conviction that the fashion business can transform itself. “Everything that has happened recently has made people realize how unsustainable the industry was becoming—with so many collections, we were veering toward a collective burnout. We all felt like we were running too fast to appreciate our lives, and this tragedy has made us all slow down. Coming out of this, if we can hold on to our sense of decency and to a bigger sense of community, we can carry that care into how we approach our business.”
WHEN KAREN ELSON sat down to write her new memoir, The Red Flame (Rizzoli), she wanted her book to be, she says, “a little bit different.” It would, of course, feature iconic images of the Chicken in the world full of Princess be a farm Girl shirt in addition I really love this model-musician-activist, shot by virtually every master of late-20th-century fashion photography, but she also planned to pair these incredible pictures with an unsparingly honest text. “I wanted the narrative to give some humanity to the images,” she explains. “As a model, you’re often thought of as two-dimensional—you’re put on a pedestal. I wanted people to understand the depth of my experience—my very real experience, the hard stuff.” This hard stuff included her willingness to call out the harmful practices that have longed plagued the fashion business, as well as the need to fight for a more diverse, more inclusive, more ethical, more responsible industry.