everyone wants to be a model.
its pretty obvious on the gram.
people think that because they look good,
and other people have told them they look good,
that they should be in a magazine or on a runway.
what they don’t realize is the world of model has a dark side.
i’ve spoken about it before,
but i don’t think people actually listened.
well a ton of f-bi sent me this article by tim murphy from yahoo style.
“the dark underbelly life of the male modelling world”.
you think you know but well…
“Harassment definitely happens,” says a men’s agent at a top agency, “more so than a lot of the guys like to tell us. A lot of them come back from shoots feeling very uncomfortable but they’re afraid that if they tell us, we’ll have to talk to the client. Then, if it gets back to the culprit, he, depending on his status, could actually destroy that model’s career.”
Most of the models I talked to said they’d experienced some form of ambiguous, low-grade harassment. “Guys have spent a lot of time adjusting my briefs, or wanting to adjust my junk when I can do it myself” on underwear shoots, one model told me, echoing many others. Another complained about stylists who “tuck in your shirt just a little too long and deep.” Eli Hall, a jovially cocky 24-year old suit model, and one of the few who talked openly, told me about a photographer who asked him to strip down to his underwear: “I told him, ‘What’s your problem? I’m a suit model.’
“I love getting sexually harassed!” he joked. “If I’m not getting sexually harassed, I’m doing something wrong.” But then, a notch more seriously, he added, “I have a very high tolerance for verbal sexual flirtation from either men or women”—he is straight—”but I draw the line at touching.”
Most of the models I spoke to told me that minor sexual discomforts didn’t faze them, that they were not as vulnerable as female models (in part because they industry hires them at an older age), and that they were grown men who knew how to draw a line. “It’s up to you, what you project and what you’ll put up with,” a model from Italy said after the Industria shows.
But a few models seemed genuinely shaken by prior experiences. “Someone spent two hours combing my hair once,” one told me. “Just the two of us in a room.” The same model said he’d also had an experience so bad that he couldn’t sleep for a week, but he wouldn’t divulge details, terrified that they’d reveal his culprit.
…and thats just a brief snippet from this informative article.
when i work #nyfw,
i have to be up close and personal with male and female models.
i will be face to face with tits or right in a male model’s crotch.
many female models get uncomfortable undressing in front of me,
as i’m sure they think i’m straight.
the males however will drop trou with no issue.
some gays would love to be in a room with half naked model wolves,
but i personally get uncomfortable.
i guess i don’t like touching wolves that i figure don’t get down.
maybe i’m scared they will think i’m gay and go off on me.
i like to keep my interacts with wolves respectable.
many times ive said:
“i’m so sorry”
…when touching his underwear,
putting his shirt in his pants,
or putting my hands on his chest.
all of them were extremely nice and said:
“don’t be sorry!
its your job!”
one even said:
“naw its cool i don’t bite…
well actually i do…”
don’t play with me like that.
shiddddd i would have let him,
its all about the respect and boundaries i like to keep.
male models i have encountered do have a charisma about them.
they already know how the industry works.
everyone bends over backwards for them backstage.
playful flirting and playing dumb gets you far.
when i was backstage,
ive never really seen blatant fuckery.
i have seen flirting between obvious gays and the male models.
they often flirted back.
but its all in how you play the game.
in all honesty,
and this is just from observation,
a majority of male models tend to be straight from what ive seen.
some i could tell were fuckin’ the vixens.
make up artists.
vixens in power are pretty blatant with who they want to fuck.
if they were messin’ with the gays,
it would obviously be really d/l.
its a whole nother world behind the scenes in the fashion industry.
great article tho.
it isn’t as dramatic as the article is making it out to be,
but you should be forewarned of what could happen.
i feel like everyone who wants to become a model should read it.
lowkey: this is why i want to get into image consulting and pr for men.
they would benefit listening to me.
read the full article: yahoo style
picture credited to: taejahn taylor