The modeling world is often thought of as the glamorous catwalks of Paris Fashion Week, the bustling fashion metropolis of New York City, and the high end fashion magazines like Vogue. These vanguards of the fashion industry represent the smallest fraction of the modeling world. And while it might seem as though the likes of Kate Upton and Robyn Lawley are changing the stereotypical 'thin' model...it doesn't seem to be the case.
Nightline on ABC News followed three aspiring models for a week in an attempt to understand the business of modeling scouts and the young girls they find. Mary Clark and her husband are professionals, having been responsible for finding Ashton Kutcher at a restaurant and catapulting him to fame.
But that's not the story of every girl they find.
The three girls are put on diets of celery, egg whites, and broccoli and they follow an exercise regimen reminiscent of a professional athlete. And while the beautiful spreads in magazines might promote the idea of these models being millionaires, its much more common that the editorial spread was done for free to put more pictures in a model's portfolio. Most models in New York City take out loans from their agencies to cover expenses and when they do work they just end up paying the agency back. Its also not uncommon for girls to work night clubs where sex is not far off the table.
The world of modeling presents their gilded image not only to the public but also to aspiring models-preying on their insecurities and dreams and using them for their own ends. Even Mary Clark has a reason to be so "generous." Simply for finding a good model, they can earn 10% of the model's earnings FOR LIFE. And however much the fashion world might like to deny it...success does come down to centimeters.
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