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I have had the honour of sharing a DD with the following photographers:

Terry Lee-Shields Another nude 17th August 2008
Terry Slater In love with oneself 9th March 2009
Frank Reinhold Brancusian 16th October 2009

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and this DD is for my own work as a self-portraitist 15/08/2015
The portrait model by AlexandraB24

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Ageism and no pay

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 16, 2019, 5:25 AM


London Fashion Week is upon us, with several high profile shows scheduled for today (I am delighted to announce that I will be walking for IA on Tuesday 19th as part of ON/OFF)  there are a number of initiatives taking place aimed at highlighting the need for diversity in fashion, even though there is a general consensus that diversity has now been achieved.
But no, I would not say it has. There are also other issues that need to be more openly discussed, such as financial exploitation.  A recent article by Lucy Hooker highlights the plight of fashion models who run up debts with their agency. In France Model Law was founded last year, along the lines of Model Alliance in New York to discuss the problems surrounding exploitation of models, including low pay. In the UK we have Equity Models though not everyone seems to be aware of it.
Whereas the subject of sexual harassment and modelling has been widely debated, that of low pay and /or no pay has not received the same attention.  I believe it should.
Older models are particularly vulnerable, especially those who are just beginning  a modelling career.  Who would have thought? Older models are usually experienced professionals in other fields and yet when it comes to modelling they can be utterly naive.  Many older models choose not be agency represented, believing that what they do is just a sideline, that it is mainly for fun and that it is a privilege to be asked to model. Wrong. Some decide that being with more than one agency is the answer to getting more work. Wrong again. But let's deal with these issues one at a time. Let's first discuss no pay.


Read the full story at THE REAL DOES NOT EFFACE ITSELF 




Beware of Instagram

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 12, 2019, 1:21 PM


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But the worst thing is  the ads and the people who are trying to con you and get you to part with your hard earned cash. They seem to grow  in number everyday. More than half of the ads on Instagram are not genuine ads, they are not-so-elaborate scams and you may find yourself buying something for just a tenner believing you have got a bargain  and ending up paying hundreds in subscription fees as you give the seller permission to charge your credit card on a regular basis. It takes a while to withdraw that permission and plenty of calls to your card issuer.
Does Instagram take any responsibility for this? Of course not. The whole system is automated. Ads are not vetted. The problem  with Insta-scams has been  highlighted in several articles and TV news items . Scammers are free to advertise on Instagram. To give you an example, there is a company that sells you a t-shirt which apparently helps you to keep your posture in check. Although the company has been blacklisted and credit card companies might block your card if you try to use the card to pay for this product, Instagram continues to allow this company to advertise. What is the problem, why has this seller been blacklisted by credit card companies? Because when you buy from them you have to accept their terms and conditions by which you give them permission to charge your credit card as many times as they wish. Thousands of people have been scammed, banks and credit cards are aware of this company yet Instagram still allows them to advertise.
Instagram is also a haven for counterfeit goods. offered as the real thing but at a discount, the number of people that have fallen for it is unbelievable.
If this is what Instagram offers what's the point of being on it?


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Dior forever

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 3, 2019, 7:51 AM


The Dior exhibition at the V&A opened yesterday and I was really excited about it. I went in the afternoon even though some domestic crisis nearly stopped me from getting to the museum.  Of course it was the worst possible day to go  because  it was the first day and it was packed but I am a member of V&A and will go again, several times in fact. My priority was to get the catalogue and get a first glance. I ended up buying the wrong book, mistaking it for the catalogue - which is now coming in the post - but overall the exhibition did not disappoint and I am so pleased that photography is, for once, allowed.
But...
The curators were keen   to emphasise the Britishness of Dior, a self-avowed Anglophile.  He dressed the late Princess Margaret  - there is a huge photograph of the late HRH in one of his inimitable gowns,  wore Savile Row suits and had a branch of his maison in London. Plus, Galliano, one of Dior's past creative directors is British.  Incidentally, Galliano's exquisitely weird  designs are arresting, they are quite central to the exhibition, though his ignominious downfall is tactfully brushed aside.
I am not sure about this claim to Britishness made on Dior - I put it down to Brexit anxiety. 
Dior, to me, is quintessentially French  even though he may have worn Savile Row suits and may have dressed HRH Princess Margaret and may have admired Gainsborough paintings. He also dressed Princess Grace of Monaco , - would this make him an honorary Monegasque? - and a host of celebrities and divas, including the wonderful Maria Callas.  He may have said he admired English women's style but it could have been tongue-in-cheek or perhaps he meant he approved of the fact  upper class English women wore his designs. Dior has never been affordable, his is haute couture par excellence, so middle class and working class English women could only dream of wearing Dior (or if they were skilled at dressmaking could copy a Dior outfit). 
Anyway, this is a bit of a red herring. 

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Magical and mysterious Turin

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 13, 2019, 4:12 AM


...my sister suggested a tour of magical Turin as something to do, slightly off the beaten track, which she had meant to do for a while. I was game. Unfortunately all the tours were booked up but, undeterred , we got hold of a book by Enrico Bassignana and began  our own tour, following Bassignana's recommendations. There is also a great blog entry here about the myths and legends of Turin and I would recommend it.
Indeed ,Turin is an ancient city and it is said to have been founded by the ancient Egyptians - a rather fanciful origin myth but one that has endured. It was told as part of an ancient history  of the city created specially for the Savoia royal family, who ruled Piedmont  and then became the rulers of Italy in 1861. Turin is also the seat of the famous Shroud, which I have never managed to see, queues are monstruous.
It is said that there are three underground alchemical caves in Turin, though they have never been found. The city  is located at one of the vertices of an imaginary magical triangle together with London  - some say Paris - and San Francisco. Intriguing, no?


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A Platonic arabesque

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 29, 2018, 6:05 AM


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Strangely both programmes managed to gloss over an aspect of ballet in particular which to me is essential and which is what makes me love it. The discipline of ballet is what draws me to it. I love the fact that you can change your body by working on details, learning to integrate an elegant way of moving with tremendous strength. I love watching a ballet performance but I love watching ballet dancers in class or rehearsing in the studio even more, because it reveals the effort and sweat that goes into refining a ballet performance. I love the way ballet teaches you to fine tune your body and turn it into an instrument of expression and the way it also teaches you about your own limitations and how to overcome them, preserving your uniqueness. It's the eternal quest for perfection - which can never be achieved - which you find in every art form. But ballet offers you an opportunity to tailor perfection to your own body. In an article by Vanity Fair staff writer Laura Jacobs which appeared in Pointe magazine in April 2015, the critic Matthew Gurewitsch is quoted as saying “Whereas high C is high C, an arabesque is the arabesque of a particular body. So a 'perfect,' Platonic arabesque may not even exist." But the perfect arabesque for your body does exist and is something you can strive to achieve. 
I will pick this up again in a different post, as it allows the conversation to be broadened. As Laura Jacobs says quoting ballerina Heather Watts "“Perfection is a moving target: Each day you begin anew, trying for a higher bar every time you go out on stage." Food for thought. You can substitute on stage' with every time you go to class. or indeed apply it to other areas of your life.
And on this note I end, wishing you all a very happy , prosperous and perfect 2019.



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Ageism and no pay

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 16, 2019, 5:25 AM


London Fashion Week is upon us, with several high profile shows scheduled for today (I am delighted to announce that I will be walking for IA on Tuesday 19th as part of ON/OFF)  there are a number of initiatives taking place aimed at highlighting the need for diversity in fashion, even though there is a general consensus that diversity has now been achieved.
But no, I would not say it has. There are also other issues that need to be more openly discussed, such as financial exploitation.  A recent article by Lucy Hooker highlights the plight of fashion models who run up debts with their agency. In France Model Law was founded last year, along the lines of Model Alliance in New York to discuss the problems surrounding exploitation of models, including low pay. In the UK we have Equity Models though not everyone seems to be aware of it.
Whereas the subject of sexual harassment and modelling has been widely debated, that of low pay and /or no pay has not received the same attention.  I believe it should.
Older models are particularly vulnerable, especially those who are just beginning  a modelling career.  Who would have thought? Older models are usually experienced professionals in other fields and yet when it comes to modelling they can be utterly naive.  Many older models choose not be agency represented, believing that what they do is just a sideline, that it is mainly for fun and that it is a privilege to be asked to model. Wrong. Some decide that being with more than one agency is the answer to getting more work. Wrong again. But let's deal with these issues one at a time. Let's first discuss no pay.


Read the full story at THE REAL DOES NOT EFFACE ITSELF 




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AlexandraB24
Alex
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
I am a professional model and a hobbyist photographer.
About my modelling
I am a classic model i.e older or as others say 'mature'. I am with Grey Model Agency but also work independently, it depends on the job. I am quite versatile, my look allows me to be so. I love doing work that is dynamic, multi-layered and multi-referenced and that gives me sufficient scope to perform as a model. I have a dance background and performed in my twenties, later becoming involved in other dance and performance related activities. I will do TF only with the right photographer, I am however happy to work with beginners on a fee paying basis.
I write a blog, THE REAL DOES NOT EFFACE ITSELF alex-therealdoesnoteffaceitsel… where I comment on anything that takes my fancy.
I have a flexible, well toned body, thanks to years of movement, yoga practice and some martial art training, so I can hold complex poses. I also double up as a life model. I am an Equity card holder, not that it matters much, but it makes me a recognisable 'performing artist'.
I live in London but am happy to travel for the right shoot. I love modelling, I came to it relatively late in life and took to it like a duck to water. I believe I can bring to a shoot great poise, elegance, confidence, maturity, sensuality, intelligence, imagination and a highly developed aesthetic sense, acquired through years of being involved one way or another with the creative arts. Contact me with a note if you are interested in working with me, always interested in art nude even though at the moment I am doing a lot of clothed work. Happy to do a fashion shoot too but I would require a MUA and access to clothing, fashion shoots with a model's own clothes never really work, unless the model has a huge and up to date wardrobe - that's not me!

About me as a photographer
I am an amateur photographer. I prefer using film rather than digital and am keen to learn. I am currently interested in landscape and street, but I like people and would like to take portraits. Not really into nude at the moment. I prefer to choose my own models so please do not approach me for portfolio building and such like, I am not competent enough as a photographer. I take photographs for my own pleasure and do not claim to be an artist.

You can buy prints of the work displayed in my DA gallery here on DA - some prints are already in the print shop, others will be made available when requested.

I can also be found on Model Mayhem www.modelmayhem.com/AlexB
I am on Twitter twitter.com/Alexb244
and
on Facebook as Alex Alexb www.facebook.com/alexb244/
I am also on Art Limited alexb.model.artlimited.net/ and on Model Society modelsociety.com/Model/AlexB and on Purpleport purpleport.com/portfolio/alexb.


I am available for photographic sessions and/or life drawing. Please send me a note if interested. Happy to travel

Current Residence: London
Favourite genre of music: I am a rock chick but you'd never know.
Favourite photographer: Annie Leibowitz, Man Ray, the incomparable Cecil Beaton, Joyce Tenneson , Pascal Renoux and more
Favourite style of art: modern and contemporary but I have a weakness for French Orientalist painting - Delacroix, Ingres
Operating System: MacOSX
Favourite cartoon character: The Simpsons
Personal Quotes: "I have never fooled anyone, I have just let people fool themselves" and " Acheronta movebo"
Interests

Do you think fashion is art? 

45%
50 deviants said Yes definitely
18%
20 deviants said Depends
11%
12 deviants said It is an applied art
10%
11 deviants said There is no hierarchy among the arts so yes it is art
8%
9 deviants said It could be art if the hype that surrounds it were removed
5%
5 deviants said It is an industry and a global one at that
4%
4 deviants said No absolutely not

My interviews and features

I have had the honour of being interviewed, here on dA, by:
nude-form.deviantart.com/journ… Nude-Form April 2011
news.deviantart.com/article/13… - projecteducate Nov 2010
votre-charme.deviantart.com/bl… - votre-charme August 2010
news.deviantart.com/article/11… - MaturexContent April 2010

Elsewhere you will find several write ups about me. The most significant ones are these:
in 2010 I was interviewed for Sensuality News part of the blog www. anneofcarversville run by Anne Enke see www.sensualitynews.com/living/…
in 2013 Hannah Booth from the British paper The Guardian wrote a piece about me called "Experience: I was a secret nude model" www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty…
In 2015 I wrote for The Guardian about being an older model www.theguardian.com/fashion/20…

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skycladarts Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Many Happy Returns Alex! :)
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Jacquesgerard52 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018
Happy Birthday!
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The-Phantom-616 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018
Happy Birthday, hope you had a sensual day.
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018
A happy birthday, beautiful lady!  You are such a wonderful, inspirational and intriguing person and I am thankful that you share your beauty and your mind with us all! :)

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WhoopySnoopy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi beautiful woman. Happy happy birthday. May all of your wishes come true. I hope you have a great day and a super year!  Snoopy-hugging-anim-75pix by WhoopySnoopy  
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hyneige Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday Alex!

Le temps s’écoule entre nos os

Et nous habille d’une nouvelle jeunesse

Un peu plus lourde, un peu plus sage.

Nos pensées deviennent nos ailes

Qui nous emporte déjà ailleurs

Au pays des rêves et merveilles

Des petite Alice que nous sommes restées.

Time goes by between our bones
And dresses up us of a new youth
A little heavier, a little wiser.
Our thoughts become our wings
Which takes us elsewhere
In the land of dreams and wonders
Of theses little Alice that we stayed.

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JohnnySuavo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday :) Great gallery of a unique and interesting model :)
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KevPask Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, Happy Birthday, have a great day!
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Destroyer77 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Happy Birthday!

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