Modeling news roundup

September 17, 2012

This week’s highlights: MM’s Toni Rae in Models and MMA; MM’s Aubrey in Rangefinder Magazine; Issues faced by teenage models; and more…

MM’s Toni Rae in

Toni Rae
Model: Toni Rae; Photographer: MAD Creativity, Inc

Congratulations to Model Mayhem’s Toni Rae, who was recently featured in in their ring girl spotlight. Models and MMA is a popular website covering UFC and MMA news, entertainment and, of course, sexy ring girls and models. You can see her feature and interview here. MAD Creativity Photography shot the images. We wish her all the best!

MM’s Aubrey in Rangefinder Magazine

Aubrey - Rangefinder Magazine, September 2012
Model: VyL8 – Aubrey; Photographer: JE REVELE FINE ART

Model Mayhem’s Aubrey was recently featured in the September 2012 issue of Rangefinder Magazine, which is an instructional photography magazine. Photo credit goes to Je Revele Fine Art. Aubrey has a wide range of experience as a model, and she has been working in the industry for about ten years now. Her portfolio is diverse, spanning from conceptual art to fashion and portrait modeling with a strong background in fine art nude work.

MM’s Jonas Wahlin lands campaign

Edwin Trieu campaign - Jonas Wahlin
Model: Mira Von Der Burg; Photographer: Jonas Wahlin

Model Mayhem’s Jonas Wahlin, a fashion photographer based in Sweden, recently landed his first campaign for fashion designer, Edwin Trieu. Here is what he had to say about his experience: “Working with this campaign was great fun, first because it was my first real fashion work for a designer and second that it was a challenge to accomplish the specific light setup. I’m very happy that he chose me, and I think the images came out really good.” The model is Mira Von Der Burg from Elite Stockholm.

Issues faced by teenage models

Although the modeling industry puts pressure on getting girls into modeling while they are young, there are some negative consequences associated with starting a career that early. According to the New York Times, modeling is an adult-oriented job where young girls are expected to exercise adult responsibilities while on the job. The article notes that young models are expected to ignore their instincts and comply with the industry’s “grown-up” demands. The industry also puts pressure on girls to be a certain shape, size and weight. Pressure like that can lead to eating disorders, substance abuse and sometimes depression (especially after being rejected for being the wrong shape or size). Lastly, since most fashion models are between the ages of 16-22, they are required to sacrifice their education for the remote chance that they might be able to make a living as a model.

Diversifying the runways

According to the Wall Street Journal, a number of big brand names are starting to use more Asian models for their runway shows in an effort to reach wider audiences. For example, this year, there have been more Asian models in the New York Fashion Week than at any other time. A reason for this shift in the selection of models could be a result of changing market dynamics. Brands are now starting to realize that there is a lot of potential in the Asian markets that they did not consider before.

Even cystic acne did not stop her from getting a job at NYFW

Girls are often told by agency reps that if they want to be models, they better have perfectly clear skin. Well, thanks to Cassandra Bankson, who suffers from cystic acne, that’s no longer the case. While Cassandra was making her Youtube video which shows step-by-step instructions on how to cover cystic acne, she had no idea that she would be chosen to be a model for New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Her motivation for making the video was to show how other people with acne problems like hers can conceal blemishes by using makeup. The teen has been bullied for several years because of her acne.  At one point it got so bad that she even had to stop going to school. However, she survived and is now thriving. Her video went viral and she became an Internet sensation. Now, she’s working as a model. Congratulations, Cassandra!

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