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    >>> back now at 7:43. it is fashion week in new york city , a chance for designers to show off their clothing lines. nbc's craig melvin is on new york's upper west side . good morning.

    >> reporter: ann, good morning to you. too young and too skinny. those are the complaints that have led to changes here at fashion week. things are supposed to be different this year. some say the guidelines don't go far enough. fashion fans who crowd the catwalks see glitz and glamour . that's not all sarah saw in the 1990s . at age 14.

    >> the fashion industry is a grown-up business with grown-up pressures and kids shouldn't be subject to that.

    >> preteen models are making headlines. last month cindy crawford 's daughter became the face of versace at ten. another 10-year-old on the cover of french vogue.

    >> think of our standard of beauty. not filled into a womanly form. that's prepew besent girls.

    >> reporter: the group has updated guidelines and recommends an i.d. check to be sure models are at least 16 the day of a show. the council has not changed guidelines addressing skinny models . the industry has been grappling with the issue sins anna karanina's death in 2006 . a year later the council encouraged models who may have an eating disorder to get help. the national eating disorders association wants mandatory screenings for models like drug screenings for athletes.

    >> we know eating disorders , the average onset is in adolescence and young adults . obviously in the modeling industry a disproportionate number of models are in that demographic.

    >> one friend of mine was told by her agency to only eat one rice cake a day to keep her weight down and if that didn't work, half a rice cake . this is insane.

    >> reporter: that's partly why the 29-year-old run as group to improve working conditions for models. she's still a cover girl. new york magazine declared her the norma rae of the runway. there are also new guidelines that ban smoking backstage at shows and also prohibit alcohol backstage as well. one of the complaints is these are guidelines from the council of fashion designers of america and the group doesn't have enforcement power. ann?

    >> all right. sounds like this will continue. craig, thank you so much.

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Photos: Celebs wear red on the runway

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  1. Red on the runway

    Crimson-clad celebrities took to the runway on Feb. 8 for the 10th annual Red Dress Collection show by the Heart Truth awareness campaign, promoting women's heart disease prevention. Take a look at which stars wore red designer frocks.

    Left: Christie Brinkley models a flowy Pamella Roland gown. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Jennifer Nettles

    The singer presents a dress by designer David Meister for the Heart Truth's Red Dress Fashion Show in New York on Feb. 8, 2012. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Patti Stanger

    The "Millionaire Matchmaker" star wears a Marc Bouwer design at the Heart Truth's fashion show. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Aisha Tyler

    The actress and comedian models Badgley Mischka at the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Minka Kelly

    The "Friday Night Lights" actress walks on the runway wearing a Diane von Furstenberg design at the Heart Truth's Red Dress show. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Jenna Elfman

    The actress models a dress designed by Alberta Ferretti during the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Elisabeth Rohm

    The "Law & Order" star models Nicole Miller during the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Debbie Phelps

    Debbie, mom of Olympic champion Michael Phelps, presents a dress by designer Adrianna Papell for the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Giselle Blondet

    The Latin actress models Oscar de la Renta during the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Seeing red

    An overhead runway view at the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb. 8, 2012 in New York City. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Rebecca Romijn

    The former model and "X-Men" star models a Marchesa gown during the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Gloria Estefan

    The singer, songwriter, and producer models a Narciso Rodriguez dress at the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Chaka Khan

    The music legend models Chris March during the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Rose McGowan

    Wearing Marc Bouwer, the actress models for the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Collage of red

    The celebrity models pose together at the conclusion of the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show in New York. (Amanda Schwab / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Posing pretty

    A glowing Christie Brinkley, wearing a Pamella Roland gown, arrives for the Heart Truth's Red Dress show. (Carlo Allegri / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Three's company

    Singer Chaka Khan, actress Minka Kelly and Gloria Estefan prepare backstage at the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Theo Wargo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Minking it

    Actress Minka Kelly arrives for the Heart Truth's Red Dress show in New York. (Carlo Allegri / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Group hug

    Rebecca Romijn, Aisha Tyler, Jennifer Nettles, Christie Brinkley, Elisabeth Rohm, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Phelps pose backstage at the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Theo Wargo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Prepping Patti

    Reality-TV star Patti Stanger prepares backstage at the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Theo Wargo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Mirror, mirror...

    Actress Rose McGowan prepares backstage at the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show. (Theo Wargo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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