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The Model Manifesto

An A-Z anti-exploitation manual for the fashion industry

Leanne Maskell and illustrated by Sebastian Cubides

An A-Z guide of the modelling industry focused on ending financial, physical, sexual and emotional exploitation of aspiring and current models by agencies and clients.

Size: 216 × 140 × 20 mm / 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8125 in264 PagesISBN: 9781788600651
Publication: May 02, 2019


  • £14.99

For such a beautiful industry, there is a lot of ugly behind the scenes in modelling.
Exploitation has always existed in the fashion industry, because it is so aspirational. By cutting through the smoke and mirrors, The Model Manifesto empowers and educates models to take control of their lives into their own hands and educates the public on the reality of what's involved in modelling. Leanne Maskell has drawn on her 13 years of experience working as an international model together with her legal background to create this easy-to-understand, A-Z guide in order to end exploitation of vulnerable models and wanna-be models.
With contributions from top industry experts, The Model Manifesto includes solid advice on everything from mental health issues to paying tax. It covers every aspect of the modelling industry in detail to give an honest and realistic insider view, covering both the highs and the lows.
The way to end the exploitation and the ugly in the industry is by education, awareness and building change from the inside out.

Leanne Maskell is a model, law graduate and activist. Having modelled since the age of 13, her first ever job appeared in Vogue UK and she has continued this success, going on to work for brands such as ASOS, Urban Outfitters and i-D Magazine. Leanne has modelled internationally since graduating from university, signed to agencies around the world, and has both experienced and witnessed exploitation within the fashion industry. Compelled to do something about this, she left her successful career in order to help build a new safe, secure way of working for freelance models, empowering them to take control of their own lives and end exploitation.

A is for Agency
B is for Book
C is for Castings 7
D is for Dangers
E is for Expenses
F is for Finance
G is for Gratitude
H is for Hair and Skin Care
I is for Instagram
J is for Jobs
K is for Knowing What to Expect
L is for Legal
M is for Measurements
N is for Networking
O is for Overseas
P is for Posing
Q is for Questions
R is for Rejection
S is for Sexual Exploitation
T is for Tax
U is for Unionising
V is for Visas
W is for Walk
X is for X-Rated 
Y is for Your Career
Z is for Zen 
Manifesto for Change: A Call to Action
Additional Reading

Format: Paperback

Size: 216 × 140 × 20 mm / 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8125 in

264 Pages

Copyright: © 2019

ISBN: 9781788600651

Publication: May 02, 2019

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