So it's official - the UK is planning to leave the European Single Market. Details are - I assume at least - to follow, but as of this moment in time the future the modelling industry, our employees and our clients is still completely up in the air.
Neely Reyes is the founder of the award-winning Sapphires Model Management, an agency that has worked with and provided models for some of the biggest names in the industry. Her client list includes brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Victoria Beckham, Topshop, Chloe and NARS to name a few. Neely is also an award winning film maker and well respected fashion commentator.
But recently while clicking around Facebook I came across something that really shocked me. It's a few years old now but the photo showed a poor cow being skinned alive in China for her leather whilst her limbs had been cut off to prevent it from moving.
28/11/2016 14:03 GMT
I'm not naïve and I completely understand that Brexit is a massive undertaking for the government to negotiate, and probably one that none of them really want to be doing. Sadly I fear there is no question that lots of small businesses won't survive Brexit and for that reason we deserve answers sooner rather than later.
15/07/2016 15:40 BST
The campaigning is almost over... in just a few days we decide if we want to be part of the EU or not. I've tried to remain non partisan during the whole debate but as a small business owner in the creative sector I wanted to share a few thoughts on the subject before we all take to the polls.
21/06/2016 16:16 BST
The world is a different place, modelling agencies adapted to the change so maybe it's time everyone else did too. With the internet being such an integral part of all our lives almost everyone in business is now operating in a global marketplace
02/02/2016 16:01 GMT
My agency works with some of the biggest brands on the high street - Topshop, River Island, Selfridges just to name a few. The majority of our models are a size 8 or a size 10 yet they work regularly with these brands because it's about a healthy, well-proportioned figure. In fact, we only represent one size six model and she is finding it almost impossible to get work because she's just too thin!
19/10/2015 16:00 BST
As much as the large agencies have used their size to push their competitors around, what they haven't been able to do is control the direction that fashion and retail has headed. The problem they face is that the modelling industry is changing; the price of model bookings has dropped because the demand for website imagery has increased.
17/08/2015 16:13 BST
First we wanted more representation for plus size women in modelling. Then we had plus size women 'reclaiming' the term. Then we had a nineties pop star say she disapproved of stores selling clothes in 'unhealthy' dress sizes. Now finally we have people saying we should drop the term 'plus size' altogether. Where will it all end?
24/04/2015 17:32 BST
Now I'm all for the modelling industry to be inclusive of all body shapes and sizes and I think plus size modelling has a valid and important role in the industry, but I also think that the average consumer these days is wise enough to know that skinny doesn't equal beautiful any more.
10/04/2015 15:19 BST
People put the popularity of the unretouched photograph down to different factors but for me personally I think it comes down to one thing and this is simply a comforting reminder that these people are human after all.
27/03/2015 12:06 GMT
Now don't get me wrong - I am 100% behind the message that Tess sends out. She is a massive presence online in making people reevaluate beauty standards and she's a gorgeous girl. There are however two things that bug me about this whole story.
11/02/2015 11:37 GMT
Before anyone suggests it - no I'm not a prude and I'm certainly not offended by the sight of a pair of breasts, I'm more offended by what the Page 3 girls represented to young females, particularly when it comes to describing them as 'models'.
22/01/2015 15:25 GMT
We have good relationships with several agencies in London, and there is often a feeling that the industry is big enough to sustain us all. But, occasionally, I meet people who seem to go out of their way to destroy our small agency.
06/01/2015 14:03 GMT
The whole argument for and against immigration is way too complex for any one person to discuss in a single article but there is one area that I haven't heard people talk about in the debate and that's the creative industries.
06/11/2014 17:12 GMT
Last night was the premiere of the short film I produced and co-directed. 'Flame' was shot over two manic days in May (with two of my models) and was finally ready to reveal to friends and colleagues at a private screening in Central London. I was a bit nervous, but the event was a big success.
24/10/2014 16:20 BST
Tattoos have a long and rich cultural history but it seems that in the last 5-10 years they have really hit the mainstream. With the likes of Justin Bieber and One Direction having tattoos all over their body tattoo really can't be considered a rebellious counter-culture any more.
10/10/2014 14:26 BST
When it comes to business, competition is something that is always present. We could work in our own little bubble and forget that our competitors are out there, but, the fact remains that, in order for a client to give you business, it means that one of your competitors has to lose it. In some respects, business is a never-ending competition of winning and losing clients against your competitors...
02/10/2014 11:29 BST
Instead of focussing on something that is never going to change why not realise that the majority of working models in the UK are healthy, happy people who probably work out less and eat worse than most of us.
25/09/2014 12:42 BST
14/08/2014 14:39 BST
But it's the one or two that do take advantage of the wannabees that ruin the reputation of the industry for the rest of us. It doesn't take much for the media to make the modelling industry public enemy number one and sadly the negative stories will always get more exposure than the many honest people working in the industry that are helping to secure their models a good working wage.
12/08/2014 13:10 BST
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