Models - a species of great height, blessed cheekbones and facial symmetry, I happen to encounter them all the time because they are my business. Contrary to stereotype, most models are fairly intelligent, and in over the ten years of being around them, I can only count on one hand the number of models who are not quite so bright...
The last couple of weeks have been pretty crazy as far as my castings have gone and it was bound to happen: today, I met one of the model sub-species, modelus idioticus. Now it's been many years since I took Latin in high school, but I believe that is Latin for model who is dumber than a bag of rocks.
Well anyway, the girl shows up at the casting wearing a full length fur coat. I try to stay neutral and avoid looking at that monstrosity ( I mean the coat, really...) because I am keeping the semblance of professionalism and trying to refrain from a making an antifur comment. I present her to the clients. We look through her portfolio. I take some polaroids/digital images of her and we make some small talk- typical and we almost get through this...then she puts on her giant fur and was heading off to the airport for Miami. The client mentions to the model that she won't be needing that coat down there. Modelus idioticus responds that she will at least get to show it off giggle giggle.
Okay, not such a terribly idiotic statement to some, but why would one ever assume that everyone in that room would be impressed by her coat of misery and pain? Actually what impressed me was the idea of how many small creatures were skinned alive or anally electrocuted just for her own vanity. So the moral of this story: Never assume that people are impressed by your coat of carcasses. Just because they are staring- doesn't mean they are coveting your fur, sometimes they are staring because they are disgusted by your selfishness and lack of thought.
I think that I shall never cast that model for a job. I would just rather not put more money in her hands that would most likely end in her buying more fur. Is that discrimination? Most certainly. Do I care? Nope. Of course I know that I have and will cast other models that wear fur, but just not this particular one with her thoughtless comment. Just as she chooses to wear fur and say something silly, I choose to not pick her...Then there was the time, a girl was so stupid that she didn't realize that she was backhandedly insulting the photographer with her comments, well she never got chosen again either.
It's been an overwhelming week of work but my boyfriend & yoga have kept me grounded...that's not to say I didn't absolutely breakdown once...but for that, there's Booboo. She is pure sunshine & light!