A Taiwanese model’s life is ruined by an internet meme created by a plastic surgery advertising agency (BBC). I had seen the photo recently, paraded as “Husband divorces wife for ugly children” (like this website).
From a meme or click bait website, http://weknowmemes.com/2012/05/plastic-surgery-you-cant-hide-it-forever/ The advertisement ran with the caption, “The only thing you’ll ever have to worry about is how to explain it to the kids”.
I’ll admit that my initial reaction was less than nice to her. It was also a sexist headline, too, saying nothing about the man. However, I didn’t have a vital piece of information: They are all models, not even related to each other, doing a job for an advertising agency; and that her looks are indeed natural. Besides, someone famous once said, “You can’t believe everything you see on the internet” – Abraham Lincoln, 1868. The tragedy is that this model has lost work, and now mentally suffers much anguish from public opinion of her personally. She was a model, hired to do a job, and she did it. The advertising agency conceived of the concept, and chose the people, and the caption. Just how much creative control did the models have? None. Also, how are the children doing? They have been labelled as being ‘ugly’. How are they getting on at school?
So, what went wrong? The advertising agency should never have chosen this caption and concept. The advertisement should have treated the models with far more respect. Consequently, I think I would never agree to modelling for a plastic surgery ad, and I’m sure most female models would now avoid such a job. Also, the issue with Royalty Free images (RF) is that the model and photographer both have no control over the images once it’s sold. Whereas, there is a lot more control over Rights Managed photos, but still there is no control once an image is lost to the internet.
Models: I need basic portraits of Japanese men and women in regular business suits (dark and light coloured suits are fine).
Make-up artist: Provide a normal but photogenic look (schedule depends on the models availability).
When: any time before 30th November 2015.
Where: Anywhere major city in the Tokai area (like Nagoya, Gifu, Yokkaichi), or Osaka and Kyoto.
Where: Firstly, simple street shoot in places like Sakae, Shin Sakae, Meieki, or Namba and Yodoyabashi (Osaka). I’m sorry, I cannot fly you into Japan for this shoot.
How much: ¥5,000 for two hours (not USD$)
How long: Depends, but possibly additional follow up work may be available. I do like to work with the same people and people I know.
Who: Preferably Japanese ethnicity. I have never demanded this before, but photo buys to specify things like this, and I must guarantee that my images meet their exact requirements (event location details must be accurately reported for most cases). So, if you are not Japanese, I’m sorry; however, I would still like to work with you on other projects.
What: Business suit, young working professional. Most likely it will be a street shoot. This is a low-budget shoot, so please wear your own suit. If requested, I can supply a make-up artist (if one is available on the day of the shoot).
Why: I get requests for photos of professionals in Japan, and this is a gap in my photo library.
Contact me for more details. This was also posted at: http://www.modelmayhem.com/casting/2242272. Please share this page with people who might be interested.
A young caucasian and a Japanese women taking selfies together at a wine bar.
Japanese restaurants are a dime a dozen. Japan has a reputation of being a very expensive place to live, especially with $100 watermelons! However, the Yoshinoya restaurant chain makes it possible for you to get a bowl of rice and beef or pork and walk away full for about $4. A typical meal out with friends, at a nice restaurant, good clean décor and premises, style, and great menu options, can cost under $20, and that’s without skimping. Here is a great model I had the pleasure to work with, Allyce, who’s leaving a restaurant. The curtains across the entrance indicates the place is open for business.
A young lady travelling in Japan leaving a restaurant in the evening.