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Update: Models are often put in sexually degrading situations

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Picture Me, the documentary about abuse, manipulation, and sexual exploitation in the modeling industry appropriately closed New York Fashion Week last Friday. The five-year-long shoot mostly centers on Sara Ziff who began modeling at age 17. More interesting than the trailer are the remarks she made to Gawker about modeling agencies and the people who are benefiting from, essentially, de facto escort services:

[The agency would] also sometimes say, "You need to get to this place [for a shoot]. We know this guy with a private jet who would like to take you." They'd be flying you out, booking hotel rooms, booking you out for events. It was just rich guys with jets trying to get laid. The agency didn't protect us at all.

And this story is completely unexpected:

I was working for Air France Magazine, and my agency calls me and says, "One of our girls had an allergic reaction midway through a shoot and had to go."….They said "Get down there!" It was really weird when I got there. So they do my hair and makeup. Then the photographer was shooting and he's using a UV flash, and it burned the first six layers of the whites of my eyes…They knew what had happened to her and they still had me work…My friend brings me home, I'm blind, and he had to feed me for two days. After taking the bandages off I had to wear dark glasses and carry an umbrella. It took two months to heal, so I ask, "Where's my worker's comp?" They said, "We don't sue each other in France."

Picture Me Trailer from Gen Art Film on Vimeo.