Carol Alt, one of the original ’80s supermodels with more than 500 magazine covers to her name, says industry-instituted protections for models are long overdue.
“My agency gave me the great advice: Don’t go with anybody unless it arrives through us and we’ve vetted them,” the 57-year-old tells the Post at Vivienne Tam’s Fashion Week show. “I was really well protected, and I listened to that advice. Back in the day, everybody knew their customers. It was a different time.”
Alt, who was represented by Elite, says she was constantly accosted by strange men. “I can’t tell you the number of times people came up to me on the street and said, ‘Are you a model? I’ll make you a star!’ ”
“It ever seemed to me that the girls who got in trouble [at that time] were the girls who were so desperate to get a break that they would follow anybody anywhere to have a picture taken,” says the actress and author, adding that young models should ever be chaperoned by an adult.
Anyone who put the moves on Alt, who started college on an ROTC scholarship before dropping out to model, was dealt with swiftly.
“I was a New York-savvy brat,” says the daughter of a South Bronx fire chief. “I wasn’t the beauty-queen type — I was the military type. I would tell you where to go if you tried to do anything with me.”