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On Friday, The European Aviation Safety Agency announced new guidelines allowing airplane passengers to use portable electronics and cellphones at any time on aircraft. The new EASA rule will apply anywhere in European airspace, regardless of flight origin.
We anticipate an onslaught on airplane selfies. Hang tight.
Are you looking forward to taking phone calls while flying?
Read more here.
In a wonderful piece for Style.com, May Singer finds her feminism totally compatible with her career in fashion - and she tells the haters where they can go. Here are our highlights:
Really, the condescension some people direct at fashion is just unbearable. I’ve got a speech I trot out now, when someone throws shade on what I do, and it goes like this: We all have bodies; we all wear clothes; we all have reflections that vex us; we all exist in dynamic relationship to our communities, and fashion is a medium for testing or strengthening those bonds. It’s a vehicle for self-expression, and—to flex some of the old WomenSpeak patois—anyone who diminishes the significance of that is carrying water for the patriarchy, deferring reflexively to those thousands of years of human history when men got to decide what was frivolous or not. You know what’s frivolous? Fantasy football. Fashion is a multibillion-dollar industry that touches craft, identity, dreams, and art.
Feminism is not a matter of appearances. Feminism is about building a world where women—all of them—have the opportunity to live rich, satisfying lives. It’s about making women—again, all of them—safe from violence and other forms of coercion, and ensuring they have access to education, family planning including abortion and birth control, and careers wherein they are paid and promoted on par with men. Feminism isn’t about improving women’s self-esteem, it’s about giving proper value to the various kinds of work women do, on the clock or at home. It’s about restructuring our society such that youth, beauty, and sexual availability aren’t a woman’s most vital currency.
Read the whole article here.
Casting outfits can be tricky. Choices and restrictions abound at once. A client has to be able to see your figure, but also your personal style. Your brand as a model must be clearly articulated, but you also have to be able to navigate through Manhattan quickly, comfortably, and without sweating through your crop top.
Just in time for show season, The Business Model is inviting you, our readers, to share your casting outfits. Show us your most comfortable stilettos, your most flattering jeans, and your tote bag that accommodates your heels and portfolio with room to spare.
It’s simple: take a selfie in your casting outfit and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #castingselfie and tag us, @thebusinessmodel.
We’ll select our favourites and feature the best looks on the site! It’s a guide to casting outfits - crowd-sourced by you!
As castings are well underway and New York Fashion Week approaches, the media has begun is seasonal speculation of who we’ll be seeing in this season’s shows.
Fashionista.com has released a lengthy list of it’s models-to-watch:
From DNA: Mica Arganaraz, Julia Bergshoeff, Rianne von Rompaey
From IMG: Veroniek Gielkens, Montana Cox, Steffy Argelich
From The Society: Valery Kaufmann, Ysaunny Brito, Kendall Jenner, Louise Parker, Antonina Petkovic
As well as Issa Lish and Sora Choi at Muse, Kia Low at Next, and Vanessa Moody at Women.
See their full post and slideshows here.
Who, besides yourself, would you like to see clean house this season?
Although of course it cannot guarantee accuracy, Forbes' list (read here) of the highest-earning models offers some interesting insight into the industry. The Business Model breaks down the list and analyzes the women by age, career duration, whether or not they are a person of colour, and more.
The Canadian fashion industry, including Alecia Bell of Elite Toronto, is speaking out about the importance of foreign models being able to quickly obtain work permits in Canada and how the current process has led to large financial losses for Canadian workers.
Read more here.
Top model Andrea Pejic, known formerly as Andrej Pejic, has come out as transgender after recently undergoing sexual reassignment surgery.
"I became this androgynous male model, and that was a big part of my growing up and my self-discovery. But I always kept in mind that, ultimately, my biggest dream was to be a girl. I wasn’t ready to talk about it before in a public way because I was scared that I would not be understood. I didn’t know if people would like me. But now I’m taking that step because I’m a little older—I’m 22—and I think my story can help people. My goal is to give a human face to this struggle, and I feel like I have a responsibility."
Read her interview on Style.com.
“We’re working in an industry that is perceived as frivolous, and so our concerns are not taken seriously,” argues Ziff. “But we’re still doing a job, and we should be treated fairly, just like anyone else who works for a living. So we shouldn’t have to endure sexual abuse.”
We don’t know just how many U.S. workers today are classified as independent contractors, or just how many ostensibly non-employment arrangements would stand up as such under scrutiny. (The federal Department of Labor, which commissioned a 2000 study suggesting that between 10 and 30 percent of employers misclassify employees, is reportedly working on a new one.) But progressives point to a range of industries in which contracting has become increasingly prevalent. The National Employment Law Project’s Catherine Ruckelshaus ticks off a series: janitorial; home healthcare; drywall; restaurants. “They’re not really running their own, independent, economically self-sufficient business,” argued Ruckelshaus; in some cases, “it’s just one worker,” cleaning “a floor, or a restaurant, or a building. But they’re being called independent contractors.”
Read the full article.
A year ago today, TBM went live. In the past year we’ve met some wonderful colleagues and friends, and made great memories.
From the beginning, we knew TBM had to be global. Globalization is a fact of economic, social, and legal life, and the modelling industry is no exception. Indeed, this is one of the things we love about this industry. Models from every corner of the globe come together in international commercial centres to work and live, making cross-cultural connections and enduring friendships and business partnerships. TBM now reaches over 100 countries daily, on all five continents. Our readers are NYC runway models, the giants of Asian e-commerce, and Polish new faces seeking guidance.
Your questions and feedback drive us. Reach out to us via comments on the site, through facebook, or through email. What market do you really want to learn more about? What have you always wanted to know about the industry, but have been to afraid to ask? We want to bring you the most useful information on your ever-changing, transnational industry. We want to help you stay informed so that you can succeed. We want you to know your rights, know your business, know yourself.
Jasmine Chorley Foster & Natalia Zurowski
Editors, The Business Model
Echoing our article, It’s Not Just a Gay Man’s World Anymore from last year, The Daily Beast’s Amanda Marcotte writes about progressive sexualities in modelling and fashion.
Women don’t see themselves as products to be sold and don’t like marketing that assumes that’s what they get out of fashion. On the contrary, female consumers are increasingly interested in fashion that frames female sexuality not as merely a toy for men to play with, but as something that belongs to women themselves, to be used primarily for female pleasure. You know, the way men view their own sexuality.
Read the full article here.
She may have had an unconventional career trajectory, but Kendall Jenner is here to stay. The new Givenchy campaign is a major coup for the young celebrity-turned-model, who’s high fashion credibility has steadily been rising since she walked for Marc Jacobs in February. As noted on TBM:
Celebrities often take up modelling jobs, but it is rare that they are actual models (see Jennifer Lawrence for Dior, etc.) Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid seem to be breaking the mould. The two reality TV celebrities have been booking jobs in which they feature not as celebrities, but as models.