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I may be from a city (Toronto) that’s little more than a hop, skip, and a jump away from New York, but the big, invisible border that separates one from the other means that I, like other non-citizens, can’t just waltz in and get a job at my local Starbucks. It also means that I, like hundreds of thousands of degree-holding, “highly skilled” businesspeople, computer scientists, and engineers, am lumped into the same category as fashion models when it comes to crazy-competitive US visas. “Huh”, you ask? Precisely.
This is truly the lowest of low: model scouts in Stockholm have reportedly taken to lurking outside the country’s largest eating disorder clinic in search of fresh talent to bring back to their agencies. The Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders brought the practice to light in the city’s local Metro newspaper, where they lobbed complaints about scouts handing off business cards to patients as young as 14.
Advocates for models’ labor rights can put another feather in their Saint Laurent cap today, as British Vogue has just announced that they’ve signed a 10-point code of conduct with UK trade union Equity to govern their treatment of models. But how effective will it be? And is there any hope of industry leaders and magazine editors in the USA following suit?
Back in May of last year, Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously dumped from her post as editor in chief of Vogue Australia after 13 years at the helm, and swiftly replaced by Edwina McCann, the editor of rival title Harper’s Bazaar. In the time since her departure, she has penned “The Vogue Factor”, a memoir recounting her 25 years at the title, which is now making headlines for the very unflattering portrait it paints of the modeling industry. Of course, we’ve heard it all before (The cotton balls! The cocaine! The endless hours of cardio!) but the claims don’t usually come from someone who’s held the top spot at a Condé glossy.
There is no shortage of misconceptions about how much models get paid to walk runway shows during New York Fashion Week. But now, thanks to organizations like The Model Alliance and increased online scrutiny, some of them are starting to get cleared up.
A mere two days after millions of viewers saw Cameron Russell strut the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in a pair of bedazzled wings, the model was on a very different stage, delivering a talk on image, privilege, and perception for TEDxMidAtlantic. Watch it! You’ll thank us later.
According to the New York Post, a slew of major New York City modeling agencies from Wilhelmina to Ford to Elite are currently the target of a $20 million class action lawsuit alleging that their fraudulent accounting led to models getting repeatedly cheated out of their hard-earned paychecks.
Brooklyn Decker is one lucky girl. She was a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl in 2010, is married to tennis star Andy Roddick, and has a burgeoning acting career. But…well, there’s a but.
The modeling industry is obsessed with youth, so it’s not surprising to find out that well known models have shaved a year or two off their age. But supermodel Agyness Deyn revealed Tuesday that she’s a full six years older than she’s claimed to be when she started modeling.
Cindy Crawford‘s daughter’s stint as a model for Young Versace will be her last — for now. Mama Crawford says her little girl, Kaia Gerber, is going to have to wait until she’s older if she wants to actually do work as a model.
If anyone knows the ins and outs of the modeling business, it’s Lara Stone. The 24-year-old model has done shoots and shows all over the world, so we think she’s qualified to dole out advice for up-and-comers. Tip number one: finish school before you start strutting your stuff full time.
Stop practicing your poses in the mirror and start learning from the best. While making faces for the camera may seem like rocket science to some, it’s a little known secret that all models just use subtle variations on the same set of poses, no matter what shoot they’re working on. And so, we’ve collected the eight most popular and model-approved poses in the gallery below — master these and you’ll be ready for your close-up.
It’s not that we don’t like kids or anything, but when we saw the scans of the new issue of Vogue Enfants we were seriously creeped out. Because the magazine didn’t really suggest a feeling of, “Look, these kids are having fun and it’s all because of their preppy, colorful clothing and beauty products that they don’t need!” It was a lot more like “These children are coming after you and they will eat you in order to stay alive if they have to.”
Sara Ziff is a woman on a mission. A former model turned documentary filmmaker, the 28-year-old is now working with Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute to establish a model alliance in the hopes of regulating the industry and providing support and better working conditions for models.
At this point, Kate Moss could more or less get away with anything — throwing surprise parties for John Galliano and kicking Piers Morgan in the shins included. So it didn’t really come as a surprise to us when the supermodel causally mentioned to Company magazine that she was thinking of opening a modeling school. And then we remembered everything we know about the modeling industry and we were kinda flabbergasted.
So. Heidi Klum hasn’t been a former Victoria’s Secret Angel for two weeks, and she’s already landed another job. The supermodel and TV host will reprise her role as the face of Ann Taylor, replacing actress Naomi Watts, and will star in the brand’s holiday campaign again this year. Which, OK. Cool. She’s still working and getting paid and whatnot. And while we certainly don’t want to insult her newfound home, does anyone else think it’s a little bit of a step, well, down?
So, we love social networking. It allows us to stay in touch with people and plan dinners and dates and all sorts of fun things. In our personal lives. But for business, we and the rest of the world use email, in order that we might detach ourselves occasionally from what we do for a living and not mix business with, well, pleasure. But Modeleville, a new social networking site specifically designed for the fashion industry (yet modeled on all the Internet communities we already know and love) wants to change all that. And to us, that just seems silly.
We wrote last week how much we think everyone in the fashion industry — and a healthy share of people outside of it — should see “Picture Me,” Sara Ziff’s documentary about what it’s really like to be a model. During New York Fashion Week, Ziff went backstage for The Cut to talk with models and industry about issues from how young models are when they start working to how much or how little they’re allowed to eat.
A sneaky new trend is popping up around the country: Modeling Camp. A four-day workshop is being offered in New York, D.C., and Florida, promising to help girls from the ages of 12-18 perfect their runway and print modeling technique. Cost: $999. Result: Thoroughly debatable.
We’ve always known those Australians were ahead — about 20 time zones or so. But if the election of the nation’s first female (and red-headed!) Prime Minister wasn’t progressive enough for you, it seems they’ve gone and beat us all to the collective punch again.