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By Zoey Jones

When I first found out about Carmen's modelling gig, I was thrilled for her. Now that I've gotten to know her, I realize Carmen is a lot more than a pretty face. She is a girl with ambition and all she's ever wanted is to be a professional model. When she found out that she had been chosen to go to Europe, it was so exciting because it was just the break she needed to make the big time. Unfortunately, like many things, the offer was too good to be true. Once she really understood what was being offered, suddenly Carmen had to decide just how far she was willing to go for her dreams.

Selling beauty is nothing new, and products and places are sold with models being the medium by which this message is delivered. This isn't anything we don't already know. But selling yourself as part of the deal isn't something that many people are aware of. Once I heard that Carmen was expected to 'satisfy' her male modelling associates, I was shocked enough to look into it.

Teen Models

  • Girls/Boys as young as 14 are being scouted as models.
  • Young models are exposed to the wild side of modelling – partying, illicit drug use, drinking and promiscuous sex.
  • Providing sex is seen as a way to advance your career in the modelling industry.
  • Age isn't seen as an issue when it comes to sexual activity in the modelling industry.
  • Agents and agency executives have been caught having sex with under age models (as young as 14).
  • Underage models are sent to Europe with no chaperone or guardian.
  • Underage models are encouraged to have sex with European model executives as a way to get ahead in the business internationally.

Undercover investigations have recently targeted modelling agencies as a means of exposing the exploitation of young models. Of course, not all modelling agencies follow this example, but it is this kind of exposure that will eventually help stop this activity as well as make parents more aware of what is happening to their children. I can't imagine what it's like for a dream to become a nightmare.

I think Carmen made the right decision be choosing to be true to herself. She can still keep her dream, she's talented enough to reach her goal on her terms and I'm sure that will happen soon.

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