Legislature’s new bill offers a runway to protect city’s models

The state Legislature introduced a bill Friday that seeks to enhance labor protections for models and other freelancers in the fashion industry amid a wave of worker accounts that have shared their negative experiences dating back decades.

“I never asked questions,” Teddy Quinlivan, a 27-year-old model, said about details of the jobs she has been working since she was 16. “I was just grateful to be walking these big shows.”

Quinlivan said her aspirations of becoming a star—which she ultimately accomplished—left her vulnerable to being underpaid and sexually assaulted without much recourse.

Sponsored by Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, the bill would add specific regulations

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