Sara Ziff at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of The Russian Winter
|Born||April 15, 1982
New York, NY, USA
|Occupation||President, Model Alliance|
Early Life and Education
Sara Ziff was born and raised in New York City. Her mother is a lawyer and her father is a professor at NYU Medical Center. Ziff attended elementary school at Friends Seminary, a Quaker school in New York City. After studying abroad at the Bryanston School in Dorset, England, she returned to New York to attend high school at the Bronx High School of Science before transferring to the Dalton School. Ziff graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she majored in political science.
Ziff has appeared as the face of advertising campaigns for companies including Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, and Kenneth Cole. She has walked in runway fashion shows for designers including Prada, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Balenciaga.
Filmmaking and Writing
With her co-director Ole Schell, Ziff chronicled her modeling journey in the award-winning documentary Picture Me. The film gives an inside look into the modeling industry, showing the highs and lows of a seemingly glamorous business. After Picture Me, Ziff directed a three-part web mini-series for the modeling blog of New York Magazine, "The Cut".
Ziff is an advocate for better working conditions for fashion models, which she has described as "an overlooked frontier of women's rights and workers' rights."  In 2011, she formed the Model Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to establish fair labor standards for models working in the American fashion industry. New York Magazine declared her "the Norma Rae of the runway." 
In 2012, Ziff became involved with Save the Children, a non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. At the United Nations, Ziff introduced the organization's global flagship report, "A Life Free From Hunger - Tackling Childhood Malnutrition." 
In 2012, Ziff began campaigning for better working conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh. In September, 2013, she joined other fashion models and labor rights activists at New York Fashion Week to protest Nautica for failing to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
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