A Fashion Model’s Life Is Difficult, Not Glamorous
For decades, modeling was a job that went unnoticed. But that is no longer the case. Young women talk about the dark side of the fashion industry and its obsession with excessive youth in interviews with. For decades, modeling was a hushed industry in which women were expected to be seen but not heard. However, just before the start of Paris Fashion Week in February, a group of high-profile models, including Jourdan Dunn, Edie Campbell, Leomie Anderson, Candice Swanepoel, and Joan Smalls, expressed support for casting director James Scully, who had taken to Instagram to condemn two colleagues, Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes, for keeping models in an unlit stairwell for several hours."Thank you, James, for telling it like it is!!!" Ms. Dunn penned a letter. A month later, a well-known site published the findings of a poll in which over two dozen models discussed unprofessional working conditions, nonpayment, and industry harassment and uncovered the truth behind the question - "can models have tattoos?".
In May, a model named Ulrikke Hayer shared an Instagram post accusing a casting director for a Louis Vuitton cruise show of asking her to drink nothing but water for 24 hours. (She was notified the day after the water decree that she would not be walking in the show.) "Now that models have social media channels, they can have a relatively large following and voice their ideas in a manner they couldn't previously," said Francesca Granata, director of Parsons' master's program in fashion studies. Indeed, social media platforms have become a part of their selling force, with social media sites frequently appearing on their measurement cards. Many people utilize these platforms to convey their conviction that, despite its seeming glamour, the modeling profession is riddled with issues such as labor exploitation, sexual harassment, and body shaming.
Precious Lee is a 28-year-old Atlanta woman. When I was approximately ten years old, I went to an open call with a friend. I modeled throughout college and moved to New York three days after graduation. My name was changed from Precious to Victoria by my first agency here. For three years, I was Victoria Lee. In terms of my race, I've come across some fascinating challenges. I had a casting for a client who had been waiting a long time to see me. "Oh, I've shot for Macy's and Nordstrom's," I responded when they asked about my past. And they said, "No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, "What ethnicity do you belong to?" "I'm black," I explained. "Oh, you're black?" they say. 'You're just so lovely.' "I didn't realize black didn't come in pretty," I said. Needless to say, I did not accept that position. There aren't nearly enough black models, and there aren't nearly enough black plus-size models. I'm pretty sure I'm the only black model on set all of the time. On sometimes, I'm the only black person on the entire set or floor.Individuals aren't seeing different kinds of beauty because the media, designers, and other people who have the power to make it happen aren't doing so. Fashion was always supposed to be the newest thing on the block, the latest craze. What could be more out-of-the-box and progressive than putting a size 14 or 16 woman on the cover of a magazine when there have already been a million straight-size ladies on it?