It tells the story of models like Holly Angus, the year-old Canadian who told me about being so homesick that she felt physically ill and would cry herself to sleep every night. She started to cry on the set, and when the photographer complained to our agents, the agency hastily discounted the model's fee. I met Jacqueline, a chain-smoking year-old from South Africa who talked at length about her recent trip to the hospital. Like the other models, her contract guaranteed her pay and housing for two months in Osaka, which she had banked on to launch her modeling career. Me second from left and friends at an Osaka fireworks display. Opinion HuffPost Personal Videos. Models in the U.
But things are finally changing.
I Went Undercover As a Teen Model, Here's What I Learned
She had just returned from a photoshoot where the photographer was touching her inappropriately. He found her shivering and feverish and rushed her to a hospital where she "had convulsions and almost went into a coma," Jacqueline says. Federal lawmakers are currently considering passage of the Child Performers Protection Act ofwhich would classify models under the age of 18 as "child performers. She beamed when she described working 18 hours over the weekend and getting to kiss a year-old male model on the shoot. When I asked her how she felt being away from home, she said "It gets lonely sometimes. But to move forward, I had to go back. My Facebook page boasted photos of exotic destinations and new friends.