How would you like to be a model?

Have you ever dreamed of being a model?

Watch the video interview above, with working models. What is your reaction to the interviews? Is the job what you thought it could be? If so how and if not why not?

In “What It Is Really To Be A Model,” Valeriya Safronova, Joanna Nikas and Natalia V. Osipova describe the problems of the modeling industry, before sharing interviews with individual models:

For decades, modeling was a silent profession, where women were meant to be seen and never heard.

But in February, just at the start of Paris Fashion Week, a group of prominent models – Jourdan Dunn, Edie Campbell, Leomie Anderson, Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls – expressed their support for James Scully, a casting director, who had taken to Instagram. to condemn two colleagues, Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes, for keeping mannequins in an unlit stairwell for several hours.

“Thank you James, tell this TRUTH !!!” Mrs Dunn wrote.

A month later, released the results of a survey in which more than two dozen models discussed unprofessional working conditions, non-payment and abuse in the industry. And in May, an Instagram post by model Ulrikke Hayer in which she accused a casting director at a Louis Vuitton cruise show of telling her to consume only water for 24 hours went viral. (The day after the water decree, she was told she would not be taking part in the show.)

“Now models have social media platforms, so even though they’re not incredibly well-known, they can still have relatively large numbers of followers and express their views in a way that they weren’t. not able to do it before, ”said Francesca Granata, director of the master’s program in fashion studies at Parsons.

Indeed, social media platforms have become part of their selling power, often included in their measure maps. Many use these tools to express their belief that despite all its apparent glamor, the modeling industry remains plagued by issues such as labor exploitation, sexual harassment, and body shame.

Students: Read the entire article, then tell us:

– This article covers female models, but whatever your gender, would you like to be a model? Why or why not?

– What are the pitfalls of the job, and what aspects of the job surprise you? Why?

– Are you hoping that something will change in the modeling industry now that models are speaking out? If so, what and why?

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Joseph E. Golightly