Modeling is one of the only professions where there is a legitimate reason for being touched. For example, your hair is brushed, makeup is applied, a photographer moves your arm or leg to get the shot just right, a strap is adjusted that has fallen, or a hair is moved out of the way… Where do you draw the line for professionalism?
As a model, defining where the line is can be hard and may be different for everyone and different for each situation. A photographer, stylist or makeup artist should always ask first if they can touch you . . . giving you the option of allowing them to do it or for you or for you to do it yourself.
If you ever feel uncomfortable because of the:
You should speak up.
You should never be made to feel uncomfortable.
Many situations have happened where models only in retrospect see what they should have done differently. Many regret not speaking up at the moment they felt something wrong. Many models disassociate themselves with their body and let things they otherwise not be comfortable with, let happen.
At Agent, our goal is to help create a safer work environment and help models to avoid difficult situations. Every client on our platform goes through a criminal background check, ID verification process and their social media and websites are thoroughly reviewed. We provide to the models the shoot style, locations, rate offered (if different than the model’s set rate), and whether or not the shoot requires any degree of nudity. We do this so you are informed from the beginning and everything is transparent.
But, even with all this information and our safeguards in place, you should still practice discretion. Always let other people know who, when and where you are when you have a job or shoot. Practice and discuss with others how to handle difficult situations before they arise. This way you will never be caught by surprise are always the one in control.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has defined sexual harassment in its guidelines as:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual, or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Sexual assault is a CRIME. Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will. If you feel that you were a victim of sexual assault, we urge you to file a police report.