Paris nude models protest low wages

A topless body-painted model presents the French-made Acrea Zest on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile September 28, 2006. (AFP)

Paris has a new quandary to deal with, with French models who bare all expressing their displeasure over falling earnings.

The group La Coordination des Modèles has staged a protest recently over what it regards as unfair earnings that French models have been receiving since 2008, the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday.

They say they are seeking job security, paid vacations, fair wages, and for their profession to be treated like any other.

The issue was ignited at Paris City Hall when officials banned “The Cornet,” a paper containing tips for models to supplement their wages of roughly €15 ($20) per hour.

 

Their nine-hour daily shifts includes three hours holding a pose, which they say requires artistic and physical skill, the Daily Beast reported.

“Regarding tips, we can’t let people collect money that’s not taxed while working in a state building,” Christophe Girard, City Hall deputy culture secretary, told The Guardian.

French daily newspaper Le Monde quoted models questioning how long they should stay in their career given negative public perceptions.

Bertrand Delanoe, mayor of Paris until April 2014, said modeling is an extra-curricular activity that should be taken with a “pinch of salt” as it is “pocket money” for those who partake in it.

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