Model Profile – Sarah ArnoldOctober 1, 2008
All throughout the month of October, Papierdoll photo director, Anne-Marie Michel interviews a series of London based models on making it in the industry. She asks them questions that range from their inspiration, their favorite fashion moments and their aspirations. This week she looks at Sarah Arnold from Bookings modeling agency in London. (click the photo above for her comp card and Polaroid photos)
Papierdoll: Describe your personal style.
How/when/why did you start modeling?
Sarah: I always wanted to be a model! I sent my pictures into an agency, they liked them and we went from there.
What is your favorite fashion moment and why?
Sarah: When Naomi Cambell fell off of the catwalk in front of hundreds and gracefully got back up, laughed it off and carried on.
What was your most cringeworthy model moment?
Sarah: I had to run up and down a beach with a huge blow up whale…. then i had to tango with the whale and kiss the whale…. so embarrassing!
Wild card….. anything you would like to add.
Sarah: My inspiration is my grandma, she’s 80 and takes such pride in her appearance she always looks amazing! She has had cancer 3 times…. she’s a survivor.
More Foreign Fashion Models in the U.S. PleaseJune 16, 2008
Having the title of U.S. Congress Representative allows a person the luxury that few have. One of those luxuries is to advance efforts in pet projects. A quick example of this Queens Representative Anthony Weiner’s initiative to get more foreign models working on US soil. His reasoning works something like this: foreign models who are seeking work in the U.S. have to compete against highly skilled engineers, doctors and other technical workers for h-1b visas. These visas allow foreign workers to come to the U.S. and fill employment slots that show a demonstrated deficiency when it comes to hiring home-born workers.
With a limited number of h-1b visas given out each year, the models have trouble getting their own visas because they are not seen as necessary workers. Weiner is looking to change that by introducing a bill that would allow 1,000 special visas for these professional models. Former American model Janice Dickinson is opposed to this idea as she says that there are enough American models to fill the roles in coveted fashion modeling positions.