Mexico City bans use of models at city events

  • Professional model Mariel Guerrero Castano gives an interview at an agency for models and edecanes in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. In response to Mexico City Mayor Jose Ramon Amieva banning models known as ‘edecanes’ at its events, she said: “He should not try to mix what other agencies or other groups, organizations are calling edecanes or models when really they are escorts or prostitution.” (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Hector Garcia, standing left, a booker for the edecan agency AME, speaks with models who are joining the agency in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Garcia called the work done by edacanes “dignified work” and said the industry’s reputation has been damaged by others who work as escorts but call themselves edecanes or models. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A model strikes a pose for a photographer, as part of her registration to be represented by a model and “edecan” agency in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Mexico City has prohibited the use of models known in local parlance as “edecanes” at events sponsored by the local government, breaking new ground for a country where deeply entrenched gender stereotypes often continue to relegate women to supporting roles in the workforce. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY — They’ve long been an unmissable part of public events in Mexico, from soccer matches to trade fairs: attractive women hired to be greeters or simply as eye candy, sometimes scantily clad in short skirts and high heels or crop-tops and hot pants emblazoned with corporate logos.