It’s so encouraging to see changes being made in the industry.
A big mistake I encountered many times was the deceptive reality of modeling. Of course any fourteen year old girl would watch Fashion Television and dream to be one of the tall, beautiful, and let’s not forget, skinny ladies walking the runway. And from that perspective the industry is unique and elite. But from the inside, it’s a complete 180.
Let me begin with saying that as a model, you are not on top. It’s a misconception made by almost everyone, even the models themselves. You may think sitting in the chair getting your makeup and hair done, then posing in front of the photographer is glamourous, but the reality is that you are making someone else’s vision a reality. You are there to make your agent happy, since, after all, you are giving a portion of your income to them. The more you make, the more effort they put into putting you out there.
Clients are the worst. You come in to a casting, with the occasional hello and the vey rare smile from your greeter, all the while, your grin is from ear to ear and the fake laugh leaves your mouth and every other thing they say. Talk about making them happy. Also, all of the time you put into making yourself look like a natural beauty is put to waste, because in the recent image of models, your body is all that matters. Let’s revise – you “watch your weight” for your agent and client in order to get more jobs, when in reality you are seriously hurting yourself.
Now, on the actual shoot day, you probably won’t eat breakfast, as even a little bump in your tummy is calling for an hour of photoshop. As well, the photographer has a psychological authority over the model – unless you bear the name Coco Rocha, a photographer’s instructions are to be taken seriously. And their placement of your leg or arm? That’s up to the model to decide what just happened there.
Model’s don’t make the big bucks either. Even if you are booking jobs daily, you are lucky if you meet the average income for families. This is with long days of work and minimal days off. Oh, and pay checks take on average two months to come in, so tell all of those bills that are calling your name nonstop that you’re putting them on hold. Good luck.
There is so much more misconception to what models deal with mentally and physically, but after reading the article below, it’s encouraging to see a positive change. The old skinny is changing with this new law, and from what I’ve come to notice, is it is changing towards a better healthy. Hallelujah.
I love the way Sarah Ziff explains that unfortunately, young girls would do anything to have a chance at success, especially as a model. I can easily testify to that statement and am afraid that most girls, if not all, find themselves in a similar predicament. With this new law, I’m hoping that young girls see past the minimal positives, and focus on the drastic negatives before delving into this dangerous and foreign world.
x, mother niche