Nude Italian models in kit-on protest
Strike over pay and conditions
Italian nude models have hit art schools where it hurts by resolutely refusing to get their kit off in a strike over pay and conditions, the Times reports.
The protestors are demanding “professional recognition” and full-time contracts in an industry where just 50 of 300 nude models have "fixed annual contracts", while the rest are paid by the hour.
Antonella Migliorini, 42, described posing naked as a “tough, cold job”. She said: “We are not porn stars. If you’re lucky enough to have a full-time job you might make €25 an hour."
Migliorini further bemoaned that art schools “do not show us much consideration - our privacy is violated". She explained: "Once a group of about 30 Japanese tourists turned up and started taking photographs. I had to cover myself up quickly.”
Rossella Lamina, speaking for the trades union backing the protest, said that "more than 60 art teachers in Rome, Florence, Venice, Carrara, Turin and Reggio Calabria had signed the life models’ appeal".
Education ministry official Nando Dalla Chiesa confirmed he'd agreed to meet the striking models, concluding: "We need to get to the bottom of this." ®
Screw the IT angle
How many other regular readers have absolutely no interest in reading about IT?
The main advantage of El Reg is that the comments are (usually) fairly intelligent and well-informed, even if the stories are mostly sourced from the Daily Mail.
Say would this be new career opportunity of a poor fading ham fisted Disney Child Star whose addiction to booze , drugs and the opposite gender has effectively killed off her remaining film career , to give her a new direction in life ?
"Hold on, you got naked in a public place and were surprised when people took photos."
They are paid to attend a private class with the express purpose of being drawn/painted by aspiring artists.
Nude photography is a different job with different pay rates. Also, while art students' work rarely leaves the portfolio, digital photos go on Bebo. Finally, while nude photography is considered an artform by some, random tourists are generally considered "snappers" not "artists".
Really, do you consider everything you do in public to be public property? How would you feel if you went to a karaoke drunk and you found out that your tone-deaf version of Bat Out Of Hell was being passed around as a ring tone? That's what we call invasion of privacy.