Remember: fashion is a BUSINESS. It’s very important to take care of yourself financially. Set those boundaries of what belongs to the ‘fashion chaos’ and what is just not viable for your business.
We hear very often that creatives are getting paid in:
-products. Goodies are welcom, but we can’t pay rent from it, can we? 🆘
-kudos. Congratz, you’ve made it to the top. “Don’t worry about finances. You’ll get things for free.” That’s not exactly empowering. ❌
If a rate is unjust, if you don’t get paid at all or too late, get into conversation with your agent. This is part of the relationship you have. If they’re too busy to help, ask a friend who knows about money management or invest in a trusted financial partner like @ one of our signatories.
Remember the workshop we gave with @mvworks.nl and Thomas St. John last October? That was a great example of the kind of advice that is helpful and needed to stay independent in the long run.
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🚨 this might be triggering 🚨
@anaxjovana set her boundaries and made them public so the industry can follow her train of thought. Take a minute to hear her out.
“I don't want to complain, don't want to be pitied or told that modeling is not the right job for me then, I'm just here to explain. Explain why, as a healthy, skinny woman I am constantly fighting my body to look a certain way. Whenever I say I am on a diet I'm met with disbelief. But I get it. I chose this job and I love it. I do it cause I want to and I understand that looking your best is needed and I want to look my best, too. What irritates me though is the idea that people seem to have: we have plus size models now, right? The industry is changing! All sizes are beautiful! But only if you are one or another extreme. (I'm saying extreme because I also know beautiful healthy plus size models who are told to gain more weight. And loosing or gaining to an extreme extend promotes disease and an unhealthy lifestyle - just talking as a medical student here now.) For "regular" models these Emails are the daily struggle. If you somehow fit the beauty standard it's ok to criticize you - you're somehow more object than person. How can one love their body when being taken apart like that. The hips, the height, the calves. And please don't come for my bookers. They are all lovely people who think that I look stunning - but they want me to work. They want me to earn money as much as I want it. And if I don't fit the bill, designers will look somewhere else. Some model will fit their standards, they can just choose us like we are a can in the store. Being a model is being replaceable and that adds even more pressure to it. Your day is dictated by an idea designers/brands/casting directors have. Can I eat this? Should I be working out instead of resting? If I go out now with friends that's a potential danger to my income. Body positivity has become a token in the industry. Advocating for plus size is fine - just as discriminating against "normal" size. Hoping that soon enough there won't be any more double standards and we start promoting a healthy view of our bodies.” ... See MoreSee Less
Remember @laura.calabro her amazing research? She spent much of her time diving into the conditions of the modeling industry that will determine what the future looks like.
We’re lucky to have her personal words on her work. Today: findings about ‘body image’ in the high-end market.
Laura asked her respondents the question:
“How do models themselves perceive the progression of body positivity?”
What she found: the body representation was largely discussed through the impact of the Body Positivity movement. Surprisingly, some models felt that the fashion industry was not using it with authentic motivations.
So we know two things.
- Awareness is growing…
- But so is the critique whether merely depicting different bodies and sizes is authentic and helpful to create real change. What do you think? Do you agree?
We ask you to let us and our community know with a comment.
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Let’s start this year with a capitalized word that deserves repeating: B.O.U.N.D.A.R.I.E.S. 🔁 ♾
Shall we make a vow? That everybody reading this promises him/her/themself(ves) to say it when a line gets crossed. When someone gets too close or when something feels to close. When it results in you being closed-up, anxious and damaged without finding closure?
Can we promise to tell others in this position to speak up and find a reporting point like the one we have (website) to solve important matters of abuse and FIX this industry?
Can we make a vow? #tmhp 🙏🏼 ... See MoreSee Less