Thursday, September 10, 2009

model scams and sexual assaults in Metro

I spoke to the Metro newspaper about model scams, and sexual assaults in modeling for Todays morning paper.

Here is the article:

Now I love photography, and I go to many exhibits for photography and I am friends with some very wonderful photographers, but there are many amateurs out there.

I share bluntly many of my modeling mistakes, sketchy encounters I have had with bad people, and situations I thankfully overcame in my memoir Almost 5'4" and my own not so wonderful moments in modeling have inspired me to bring awareness to the topic of model scams and assaults, a topic I also share in my illustrated graphic novel Model Life: The Journey of a Pint Size Fashion Warrior, as many of my own early modeling mistakes come out in an illustrated format throughout the characters journey to be a model.

I didn't have to go there, I didn't have to mention my modeling mistakes and not so perfect moments, and the sketchy things I have encountered and overcome, but I feel it is important to share them so you won't make them.

You do not have to sleep your way to the top, you do not have to be scammed, you do not have to touch or be touched by someone to get ahead. Please speak up, tell someone if this happens to you. It is a choice to give a voice. Please do.

You don't have to have a regret.

Don't think "if I don't do it, then I won't get the chance and be a model," You still can model without sleeping with the photographer, etc. Please choose to walk out the door. Say No.

There are professional photographers out there, there are professional agencies, but beware of the amateurs and stay away from them!

Love yourself, create goals, focus on them, be true to you, and know there is professionalism out there, it is better to strive for it than settle for regrets.

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