The world of fashion and glamour mainly promotes good looks, but every coin has two sides. The question is that this world that looks so pretty and glamorous from the outside, is it just as stunning and glamorous from the inside? Most of the time we don’t get the realization of the other side because our society is very attracted to this fun and glamourous lifestyle. But, if you’re thinking about joining this industry, then it’s better to know about this well enough before you step foot into this industry. For sure, there are many good aspects of this industry. But we will discuss about some of the darker sides because this is an easily ignored topic.
Being a model means spending majority of your struggling days, which are a lot, in debt. If we imagine the life of a world-famous supermodel, then it feels like they must be having such a good life. Roaming around here and there, traveling to exotic locations, staying in fancy luxurious houses, and wearing the most famous designers’ clothes. But in reality, very few models reach the point where they can live such a comfortable life. When models are new, most of their expenses are taken up by the agency, like their rent, allowance et al. the problem starts when the model must travel for work. Usually, agencies take up the expenses of the flight, accommodations, and other things of the model. But, because of some other reasons, if the model does not get the campaign, then the model will have to pay back the agency for all the expenses incurred by the agency. Other than that, the models get paid after the agency has reimbursed themselves for the rent and other stuff they’re paying for.
- The Trap of Cosmetic Surgery
The world of fashion and glamour will do anything to make you see and feel good. Out of that, one thing is plastic surgeries. Unfortunately, from the start of a model’s career, one is put in their mind that looking like a doll always is far more important than anything else. Due to this, there is no problem is doing surgeries, injections, and fillers because you’re just doing it to advance your career. A classic example of this thing is Anushka Sharma. She was not happy with the size of her thin-shaped lips, so she decided that she wanted to get fillers. Not only in India but South Korea, it is a mandatory requirement for all celebrities and models to get double eyelid surgery done. The surgery part is all good if you’re doing it for yourself and your body, not under the pressure of somebody.
- Casting Couch
2018 was the year when India saw the rise of the ‘Me Too’ movement. Some people did it anonymously, some people did it openly. The whole industry was getting exposed, actors, directors, writers, agents, all these people have gone through sexual harassment at some point in their lives and it was all in front of the world to see it because of the Me-Too movement.
- Every Inch Matters
You might have heard a lot of celebrities, actors, and models saying that they have major body image issues. In this industry, many people are obsessed with getting skinny. It is a requirement for you to wear perfectly tailored clothes so that your body, your figure, and the clothes always look good. Due to these models consistently feeling the pressure to stay fit, and healthy, watch what they eat, and work out every single day. When a model can’t fit in the designer’s garments, in that case, the designer can very easily pick up the phone and call a backup model. This Is because there are thousands of girls in this industry and a lot of options for the designer.
- Expiration Date
A lot of times you might’ve heard people saying that a model’s career ends at the age of 30 and that women have an expiration date of 30 years, especially the models in this industry. It is a big issue in the fashion industry. Considering that the fashion industry gravitates towards hiring younger models more than the elder models, there comes a time in the model’s career when she becomes too old to work. It gets extremely hard for them to find work later.
If you do plan on modeling, it is a smart idea to be a model but also have some other kinds of skills or have a backup career that you can fall back on. If you are planning to join the modeling industry, we hope that this article gave you some sort of insight into the problems you might have to face once you’re in the industry.