世界名模身份 是福还是祸？热12已有 655 次阅读 2010-05-20 13:14
Have you, like me, drooled over French model Noemi Lenoir's perfect body on all those M&S billboards? She is always the one chosen to wear the bikinis and lingerie: women envy and emulate her because she has curves, beautiful pale green eyes and that halo of corkscrew hair.
Men lust after her because she looks like a sexy woman, not an emaciated child.
Gazing at the pictures of Noemi, you'd think she led an enchanted life. She is not only beautiful, she is famous and rich - M&S won't tell me what they pay Noemi, but their contract with fellow face Myleene Klass is reportedly worth ?1million a year.
Who would not want to look like Noemi? Who would not want to be her? Yet last week she was found slumped in a suburban Paris park after an overdose of drugs and alcohol.
It's easy for the rest of us to presume that beautiful people - especially female models - are happy. But perhaps the opposite is true. 'Being beautiful? It's a curse,' a model told me backstage at the Armani Prive couture show in Paris earlier this year.'We're pulled around, we get all these creeps after us. Look!' And she pointed at all the photographers backstage, taking shots of the girls struggling out of their dresses and into the off-duty uniform of jeans and sneakers.
In November, the South Korean Daul Kim hanged herself in her Paris apartment after she wrote on her blog that she was 'mad, depressed and overworked'. She was just 20 years old.
Another model, Lina Marulanda, killed herself last month at the age of 29. And now there is the heartbreaking news of what Noemi Lenoir, the most beautiful of the M&S poster girls, is going through.
Most other people who work in the fashion industry (and there are exceptions, of course) treat these girls not only as if they have no brain, but as if they have no feelings。They look like aliens. But the truth
Because these young women look perfect, we think their lives must be perfect, too. But having seen many of these women close to, I would not want to be them. I can't tell you how many models I've seen arrive on set bruised from being beaten up by their boyfriends. They have everything, and nothing. Many models have learned to inject drugs between their toes, the only place that won't infuriate the stylist.
As well as being burdened by beauty, models are often hopelessly naive and under-educated: they embark on careers while still children.
I had a letter from a father the other day. He told me his daughter is 13 and is always being approached by scouts from the big agencies. 'Should I let her model? She would be able to see the world, be independent, wear nice clothes, it could be a nice hobby until she decides what she wants to do.'
I told this father what I tell all parents: make sure she gets an education first, tell her to wait until she is 18 and then do your level best to talk her out of it.