CW2 Research: Interview with model Melissa James
I have shot Melissa James a few times now in the studio and figured that she might be a good person to talk to about her opinion on sexism in the model industry. I wanted to keep the interview short and managed to ask a few basic questions. I’m quite getting to enjoy doing face-to-face interviews with subjects. For these assignments I need a cross section of people to interview. Only then can I hope to achieve a balanced view on the subject. The work continues..
How do you want to be portrayed in your images and why?
I think everyone wants to look good because you know that you are being judged.
What was your motive and reason behind it?
I just enjoyed doing it and decided to carry it on
What first made you want to start modelling?
My friend asked me as a favour to help out doing some promotion work at the NEC Bike Show so I got into it from that really.
Regarding photographers who you have worked with. Do they match the cliche?
Only one of the photographers who I have worked with has been a bit dodgy. He was a bit too keen to get naked photos. Very keen…and it was very scary.
Would you feel more comfortable being shot by a female photographer?
I think it would be harder in a way. You kind of trust a mans opinion more as in what they think is attractive. Whilst women they kind of sabotage each other. Maybe thats just the people that I have met. They have tried to make people look worse than them. I think I trust men more.
Do you feel that the model industry is still male dominated on the photography side of things?
Definitely Yes. I don’t think that I have ever worked with a female photographer or had one contact me. Thats apart from the ones which you arranged (this refers to a group shoot we did a few weeks ago). Yes its mainly male dominated.