Antonella Migliorini, 42, told Italy’s La Stampa newspaper: “Our work is not recognised. We pose for eight hours a day and still the colleges treat us like teaching tools.
Definitely an underrated population. Could you imagine having to pose for hours on end? In the nude? In a cold studio? Stared at? We forget that today’s artistic models come from an esteemed tradition that has given us invaluable works of art.
She added that being a life model was a “tough, cold job” and that most models who were lucky enough to have a full-time job only made around €900 a month.
Yesterday, models who gathered at a ceremony inaugurating the academic year at La Sapienza, Rome’s leading university, kept their clothes on in protest.
About 30 protesters struck poses imitating famous art works, including Degas’s ballerinas and Rodin’s The Thinker, at the university entrance.
Wow. As far as protests go, can you imagine a prettier one? And, it just might work:
Nando Dalla Chiesa, an education ministry official, said he had agreed to meet the models and listen to their concerns.