Erin O'Connor says there must tougher laws to protect models under the age of 16.
The British supermodel - founder of respite centre Model Sanctuary - is supporting a group of MPs who are campaigning for model protection laws for young females in the industry.
She said: ''Back in 2007, the fashion industry had recently undergone a turbulent and reflective period which resulted in the recommendations of the Model Health Inquiry. Out of those recommendations, the decision to protect under 16-year-olds from appearing on the catwalk was one of the most impacting.
''It seemed to me that there was mounting pressure on both sides, not only for young models at a crucial stage in their mental and physical development, but also for some members of the wider community who look to fashion to influence their own body aesthetic. It is imperative that we continue to secure the welfare of our younger participants and we should always aim to do that in an empowered and creative way. It's for reasons such as this that I founded the model sanctuary. We aim to encourage a strong ethic of self-reliance, awareness and belief with the encouragement of our friendly and experienced team of professionals.''
Erin's respite centre is temporarily closed.