MODELING IN CHINA
We the members of MAMA representing the majority of the Models-Agents-Managers within the International modeling industry community respectfully ask the Chinese government and its cultural representatives to meet with MAMA representatives in order to better understand and regulate the working conditions and visa requirements for models working in China.
Our community respects the laws of the People’s Republic of China and as a Worldwide Association we believe that working more closely with the Chinese authorities and under the strict monitoring of Chinese Government officials, will benefit the fashion industry as a whole.In particular for the models, who are the faces that promote and sell the major fashion brands, many of which are manufactured and marketed from within the People’s Republic of China to the World.
In recent days many of our models, from many different nationalities, have been detained and jailed. These are young boys and girls who grace the covers of Worldwide magazines, the billboards of famous brands, the faces of television commercials and represent the dreams of young people worldwide who hope to become an International model.
This situation is a serious blow to the reputation of the International modeling community and to the whole Chinese fashion market.It is a traumatic blow to the concerned family and friends in many countries who have spent days worried about their loved ones.
Our community has promoted China as the “next fashion capital” on a par with New York, Paris, London and Milan.This current situation is seriously undermining that “next fashion capital” reputation.
Unless we can restore the trust and reputation of the Chinese market by securing proper visas and work permits, while monitoring local agencies to ensure the safety of our young models, our united Worldwide community will be unable to support sending models to China.This will be damaging to the Chinese fashion industry, designers, local brands, international brands, local modeling agencies and supporting businesses, such as photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and creative companies.
We as a Worldwide Association respectfully seek an urgent resolution that will be mutually beneficial and effective for many years to come.
These are our signatures in support of a new start