Model Sanctuary to reopen 0
Erin O'Connor. (Daniel Deme/WENN)
Erin O'Connor's Model Sanctuary is to reopen after the British Fashion Council (BFC) stepped in to save the support centre for vulnerable aspiring catwalk stars.
The British supermodel opened the London headquarters in 2007 to give young models a place to receive "discrete health guidance and educational support" from nutritionists, psychologists and fitness experts.
O'Connor was forced to close its doors in February over leasing issues, but now bosses at the BFC have taken over the not-for-profit organization.
BFC chief executive Caroline Rush says, "The British Fashion Council has had a role in supporting the initiative over the past five years and Erin's vision and dedication has been an incredible driving force, ensuring the continued success of the Model Sanctuary...We will strive to ensure that this initiative continues to thrive and provide an essential space for models to rest and relax."
O'Connor has pledged to continue to back the sanctuary, telling Vogue.co.uk, "After years of beg, borrowing and stealing, opening a vein, arm-twisting and blagging in general, I'm delighted to not have the responsibility of arranging the venue this time.
"I will continue to support every project that aims to protect the young and more vulnerable members of our industry and I will always be happy to help where I can."