Sara Ziff is a model, filmmaker, activist, and founding director of The Model Alliance, an advocacy organization that works on behalf of models and other independent contractors in the fashion industry. Ziff drew from her two decades of modeling experience to create her 2010 documentary, Picture Me, which highlighted exploitation, including sexual harassment, that models face at the hands of the industry. That work formed the basis for the Model Alliance, which Ziff founded in 2012.
Since its founding, the Model Alliance has created protective legislation for child models in New York, partnered with universities to research eating disorders as a workplace issue, and formed a discreet grievance reporting system for models and fashion industry workers to report abuse, harassment, and scouting scams. In 2017, Ziff’s lobbying resulted in the creation of mandatory private changing areas for models at New York Fashion Week.