By Matthew Frank Kot
Yesterday, I uploaded a couple of innocent shirtless pictures onto a Facebook group. Right away, the comments came. They were flattering. I was cute, I was sexy, I was modeling material. That one comment, saying that perhaps I should look into modeling, that my body had the proper build for the industry, it was humbling, yet I was absolutely disgusted. I would rather not enter the industry of conceited camera-hungry people. No, I prefer to work a job that gives back to society. Almost every occupation contributes something to society. Even stockers at the grocery store, if they didn't place the food on the shelves, then how would we be able to buy our groceries? Police officers, they take down bad guys. Firefighters, they risk their lives to save the lives of others. The same can be said for our military servicemen. Yet unfortunately, their wages are much lower than the wages of models.
The bottom 60% of models make less than $30,000 a year. That's the poverty line. Those people know the struggles of the middle class. The top 40%, however, they make over $30,000. 70% of that 40%, they make well over $60,000 a year. That's unacceptable. That's despicable. That's a crime. Well, not really, but it should be. Models stand in front of a camera. They do not DO anything, except wear underwear or some clothing, and they sit in a chair and get their makeup done for them. While the model is posing for a camera, a few miles away, a doctor is performing surgery on a heart attack patient. A few blocks from there, teachers are educating children, teaching them the skills they need to one day serve the world. Firefighters are dangerously close to the smoke, spraying water at a fire. Some of these people get paid considerably less than the top 10% of models do.
Modeling wages need to be lowered. It's disgusting that a person can make so much money by doing so little. That money could have been donated by the modeling company to help starving people. Give to the poor, that makes headlines. That's a good way to get positive publicity, it's better than plastering some shirtless dude on a magazine cover. And when a little girl reads a magazine, she could see a model, and say “I wanna look just like her!” Promoting body-alterations, that's not cool. People should take pride in what they look like. It's good to look good, but getting paid large sums of money for doing nothing, that's wrong. Lower wages for models, that's the right thing to do.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.