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MODELING & TALENT modeling By Eve Matheson Think Before You Ink From tattoos to tanning, aspiring models should put considerable thought into decisions that may affect their long-term appearances he range of questions I have been asked in the last year, either by email, phone, or during per- sonal appearances at modeling and acting events, from coast-to-coast is quite amazing. The range spans topics from tattoos and sunbeds to anorex- ia and bulimia, as well as the time it takes to become a successful model and the type of model that agents are looking for around the world. The list of questions is endless. Then there are the photographs with questions attached asking such questions like—Am I too tall, short, fat, thin? Is my nose too long? Lips too thin? Hips too wide? Feet too big? And so on. The questions and answers could fill several books, so for this issue I would like to address some of the topics which could cause serious health issues, and next time I’ll cover statistics, requirements and the type of girl (or boy) model agents need for the worldwide fash- ion markets. MAJOR COVER-UP: Angelina Jolie works very hard… and so does her makeup crew, not only to embellish her angelic beauty, but to hide her tattoos before a shoot. She has hired her own personal makeup artist to cover them up and before shooting a film or promotional photo shoot, she has to endure a grueling four hours of makeup. T over $10,000 for a large one. There is always a risk of scarring. Be- coming a successful model is challenging enough without adding this problem to the mix. Q. I really want to get a tattoo but my parents advise against it. If I do get one and don’t like it, can it be removed easily? A. My advice is to listen to your parents. How many models do you see in fashion magazines wearing a tattoo? Virtually none. Anything that distracts from the outfit modeled is discouraged. Also, a tattoo requires the expensive expertise of a makeup artist who specializes in camouflage makeup, which takes a lot of time. It is also likely that the makeup will rub off on the outfit. As for tattoo removal, this process is expensive and seldom en- tirely successful. Multiple sessions, about six weeks apart, are usu- ally required and the cost can range from $200 for a small tattoo to Q. What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia? Do many models and actors suffer from these conditions and can they be treated? A. Anorexia nervosa is the more common of these two illnesses. The person drastically restricts the intake of food to the point of being very underweight. Bulimia nervosa is bingeing on large amounts of food and then trying to purge by vomiting, taking lax- atives or severe dieting. The encouraging news is that the prognosis for these and other eating disorders can be good once the problem has been recog- nized, the patient is no longer in denial and a legitimate special- ist, treatment and support group have been found. Both illnesses require physical as well as psychological treatment because of the severe imbalances that occur in the body. Sometimes the patient is hospitalized. There are also a number of specialized eating disor- der centers which offer outpatient treatment and deal with all as- pects of the illness. The size obsessed fashion industry is constantly blamed for the growing number of models afflicted with eating disorders. Howev- er, as London agent Jules Graff pointed out to me: “Bulimia and anorexia are not symptoms of modeling if a girl already has it when 118 PAGEANTRY