Tuesday, July 8, 2008
B.C. model working in Shanghai found dead
23-year-old Diana O'Brien had been working in China since mid-June and told friends she didn't like working in Shanghai so she had bought a ticket to go back home.
Apparently her agency told her that part of her "work" included dancing partially nude for elderly men as well as "legitimate" modeling.
I think that this story really highlights how shady the modeling industry can be. This is not the first time I have heard about models being forced by their agencies to do dirty work in order to make money. These models expect to do actual modeling but instead have to pleasure older men and work for next to nothing in awful conditions that would never be allowed in work environments outside of fashion.
When will these models speak up for themselves?