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Moments After Photo Was Taken, Aspiring Model Was Dead

Fredzania Thompson struck by train in Texas

(Newser) - It was Fredzania Thompson's dream to pursue a career in modeling, so much so that her family says she decided to pause her college studies and go after it. "It's what she had started to do the day she was deceased," her mom tells the Bryan-College ... More »

Black Model's Campaign Strikes a Chord

Deddeh Howard subs herself in to ads with white models, to make a point

(Newser) - Deddeh Howard was flipping through a magazine looking for ideas for her fashion blog when she noticed "there were simply no black models in there," she tells Mic . It didn't come as much of a surprise given that Howard, 27, had been rejected by modeling agencies claiming... More »

Inside the Limited World of Hand Models

It's lucrative but involves patience and lots of lotion

(Newser) - Amanda George usually wears gloves and opens car doors with care. She eats with plastic utensils, applies hand lotion and cuticle oil regularly, and avoids bright nail polish that might stain. "I see girls in public with designs, a nice purple," she tells California Sunday Magazine . "I'... More »

Aspiring Model Poses With Colostomy Bags

Bethany Townsend is done letting them define her

(Newser) - Bethany Townsend thought her modeling days were done for good three years ago when she got fitted with two colostomy bags, a result of her lifelong fight with Crohn's disease. But after a hiatus as a makeup artist, that modeling career might just be getting started, thanks to a... More »

Many Fashion Models Secretly Broke

Big-name designers pay with clothing, not money

(Newser) - Fashion models may epitomize glamor, but many of them are mired in debt because designers pay them with clothes rather than money, the Daily Beast reports. The logic: Fashion shows lend models prestige, and that can lead to paying gigs like an ad campaign or a mass-market lingerie brand. But... More »

Pity the Models of Fashion Week

Their 'precarious' jobs aren't so 'glamorous' out of the spotlight, writes Ashley Mears

(Newser) - To most of us, Fashion Week is all glitz and glam—but behind the scenes, modeling is a “grueling” job, writes model-turned-professor Ashley Mears. It’s freelance work, so there are no benefits, and models “never know when their next job is coming.” It’s also grossly... More »

How You Get to Be a Playmate

About a thousand girls audition each year to be the next Pamela Anderson

(Newser) - Just where does Playboy dig up the shapely women who grace its pages? It's actually something like an audition for American Idol, the Atlantic reports, but, you know, with a lot less clothes. Playboy holds a handful of casting calls throughout the US annually, each attracting a hundred or... More »

Sad Secrets of the Modeling World

New book tells of model who ate OJ-soaked cotton balls

(Newser) - Sessilee Lopez is a model who has walked the runway for Victoria's Secret, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Tam, and others. Mom Janice Celeste self-published a book for would-be big-time models' parents, called Making a Supermodel. Fashionista was kind enough to read through the 70 pages and pick out the fairly sad,... More »

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