Thursday, 18 December 2008

Nude Demo in Paris

Vincent Boisot - Life Models Protesting (15/12/2008) detailLast Monday, life models stripped in Paris in protest over losing their tips. Bit nippy for that sort of thing. It makes the nipples scrunch up, not to mention goosebumps. More than 20 male and female models took part in the demo outside the Paris Cultural Affairs Bureau. City Hall, which runs life-drawing classes in Paris, has banned tips, a long-held custom which the models rely on to supplement their meagre wages. They have no fixed contracts, holiday pay or job security. Sounds a lousy career choice. I'm not sure that giving everyone a free view of their charms is an effective means of gaining a wage rise, but it has certainly won their cause publicity.


At 18/12/08, Blogger weggis said...

I see that your graphic includes a strategically placed elbow - how thoughtful of you, or the photographer!

I suppose there was no demand for graphics of the male members [sic!] of the group?

At 18/12/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Weggis

I'm sure we can thank the photographer for snapping Model 1 giving Model 2 the elbow. As this is the only photo I've seen, I don't know whether male members were exposed. Could be they shrivelled into insignificance in the cold weather.

Let's hope this form of demo doesn't take off among London Underground workers, who always seem to be going on strike.


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