an open letter to media makeup

To Media Makeup,

Recently, on local creative page that I am a part of on Facebook, I came across a post from one of your students. The student was seeking a model for a shoot as a part of one of her assignments for you. In her post, she claimed that for a whole day’s work, the model would receive one image for her time, and would have to purchase every other image for her portfolio.

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FIRSTLY

[I spent half an hour staring at my computer; dumbfounded; trying to start this paragraph.] A model having to purchase her photos? I can’t honestly believe how ridiculous it is that I should have to explain it. I’ve had modelling agencies warn me that if someone tries to charge you for your own photos, to get outta there quick smart, because they are scamming you. Creatives have been fighting this for years, amateur or professional. Listen to us! We are not slaves or servants. You are seeking models (or any type of creative) out as amateurs/professionals that deserve to have their time compensated in one way or another. Why? Because they have a skill that you do not possess, that you need. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE HIRING THEM.

Your student sent me a personal message after I commented on her post, asking why I was so upset, and that I shouldn’t be because she herself has to purchase the images too. Which, of course, made my head nearly implode. You charge $11,800 for a diploma in Makeup, plus the student has to buy pictures of their own work? Who are these photographers you are are using, and why are they and you yourselves, scamming students who are just trying to learn? I’m beyond astounded.

I’ve been modelling for six years, and working as an editorial stylist for three. I consider my skill of considerable worth, and I charge accordingly. Now, considering how you are conducting and letting your students be a part of the aforementioned shoots, I’ll have to assume that perhaps you’ve never been a part of a professional, creative photoshoot for example a magazine, or advertising. IMG_4226You see, the way it works is that each creative person (photographer, creative director, model, makeup artist, hair stylist, so on) are compensated for their time, in the monetary amount decided by themselves, or an agent. Photos that are created on this shoot are not exchanged for monetary value (unless being used for licensed advertising, but thats a whole other issue), they are distributed to the team because they deserve those images; those images are their work.

SECONDLY

You are a school. You are responsible for students. These people are passionate fresh minds, and you are responsible for helping shape their ideals, their creativity, their confidence, and their self-worth, both today and for the rest of their careers. By showing them that people in creative fields will pay money to work, you are not only lowering their inevitably low self-worth when they launch themselves into the creative work force, but you are also lowering the standards of local creatives everywhere. By the end of their course with you, they should know that 1) you do not pay for images you work on yourself, 2) sometimes it’s okay to work for free when starting out, but only if you feel confident that the images will be worth it for your portfolio or experiences, and 3) you deserve to get paid for what you do, because what you do is important and wonderful!

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Advertising on a creative Facebook page is not the greatest of ideas for your students. The page itself is used for TFP or paid work, and generally, trying to charge creatives for their own time while receive incredibly hostile feedback – not something that students need at the blossoming stages of their career – ESPECIALLY if they expect the creative to be experienced/skilled (like in this post, ‘Model needs to be confident with posing’). Professional people will get angry (somewhat like I am now) at your students for trying to get them to work for free or trying to charge them for their time and skill. If your students are planning on advertising for amateur models or creatives for their assignments, it comes highly recommended that you allow your students to do it TFP. That means time for prints, by the way. I can confidently assume you might not have heard of that term because you were too busy trying to make money. Please feel free to get back to me via email to explain this process, and why you are ripping off local creatives, and the students that you are entrusted to protect and teach.

Thanks,

Chloe Sargeant

– I have protected not only the student’s name (as she is at no fault whatsoever) and also the name of the creative Facebook group, to protect the admins who played no part in the interaction at all –

you don’t have to be rich

IMG_0448   These Maurie & Eve jeans and Windsor Smith slides have featured before. But we should all be honest with ourselves here: do bloggers that post outfit photos weekly with brand new clothing have some magical endless wardrobe or income? I certainly don’t. I can’t afford a brand new addition to my wardrobe every week, just like most women my age. I blog to share my knowledge and style, learn, write, and to post things I like. Quality and passion matter most to me with style posts, not quantity. Innovation isn’t buying new stuff to shoot all the time, it’s working through adversity, being creative and styling the same pieces in unique ways. Speaking of unique personal style, I got told the other day over dinner that I looked like I was wearing pyjamas. It’s not something I haven’t heard before. I wear a lot of black, and it’s always slouchy and relaxed, no bra, you know what I’m talking about. My wardrobe is almost wholly made up of oversized tees. It’s fucking amazing. Like at the end of dinner and everyone’s complaining about wanting to unbutton their jeans, and you’re sitting there in stretch dropcrotch pants and you are SO FUCKING COMFORTABLE. Couldn’t recommend it more. Use the Olsen twins as inspiration – their ‘look, I love expensive labels but fuck off if I’m not going to be comfy’ vibes have inspired me for years. This outfit is slouchy, comfortable, and perfect for running around on those ‘I have a thousand things to do and no motivation to do any of them’ kind of days. The tee is soft cotton and I’ve had it for too many years to even remember where it’s from. Maurie & Eve’s ‘Word Jean’ is in my top 5 favourite pieces of clothing I own. I really need to photograph the back of them so you can properly see the dropcrotch detail, it’s fantastic. The Windsor Smith slides have barely come off of my feet since spring hit Adelaide. The sunglasses are my favourite newbies – a darling friend runs a incredible label called Supa Sundays. He gave me these wonderful ‘Maximillion’ sunnies, and I adore them. The leather-look caps on either side of the frames are just so sick. You can find them here. IMG_0453 IMG_0505 IMG_0413 IMG_0521 IMG_0430 IMG_0542

STYLING NOTES

T-shirt: unknown
Bra: American Apparel
German shirt (around waist): Aussie Disposals
Jeans: Maurie & Eve
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Sunglasses: Supa Sundays
Clutch: Comme des Garçons

photos by Daniel Freer

Cx

pedestrian blogster awards

Sick news! I’ve been nominated for a Blogster of the Year Award by Pedestrian.tv. I am very very humbled to even be nominated, so thanks to everyone who’s helped me in any way with this site, and that includes my readers! \(*^▽^*)/ To vote for me, click on the banner above, then click on the little ‘Like’ button on the right hand side of the site. Thanks again you legends \(^▽^@)ノ

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STYLING NOTES

Jumper: Topshop
Skirt: Temt
Shoes: Nike Flyknit Free Run
Bag: Sportsgirl
Snood: K-Mart
photos by Daniel Freer


Its been bloody freezing this past winter. Spring is technically here, so that means finally being able to bare a little bit of leg, fucking finally. This draped skirt is a good little cheap number from Temt – if I could afford a Rick Owens version I would, but unfortunately here we are in 2014, still not rich, still buying Rothmans instead of Marlboros, and still Rick Owens-less.

Mumma Sarge bought me this jumper from Topshop in the UK. It’s quite amazing that even in a fast fashion chain store, the outerwear purchasable from the UK is ten times warmer than that in Australia. I love it because it’s natural unbleached wool. Every now and then people will comment on it being stained, and I could retort with some very snooty comment about how ‘actually, no, that’s just the natural fibres, they’re not heavily bleached so there will be blemishes in the wool’, or at least I would if I was a worse person.

Finally, my favourite sneakers I ever did purchase: black Nike Flyknit Free Runs. How I loved them, such incredible beauties! Unfortunately I purchased them a size too small, so they are no longer in my possession. I’d kill to get another pair. They were not meant for this life with little old me. RIP.


“O powerful Nike, by men desired, with adverse breasts to dreadful fury fired, thee I invoke, whose might alone can quell contending rage and molestation fell. ‘Tis thine in battle to confer the crown, the victor’s prize, the mark of sweet renown; for thou rulest all things, Nike divine! And glorious strife, and joyful shouts are thine. Come, mighty Goddess, and thy suppliant bless, with sparkling eyes, elated with success; may deeds illustrious thy protection claim, and find, led on by thee, immortal fame.”


 

Cx

drape me in black/red house vintage

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Tonight I packed my bag for MBFWA. This year, it’s especially hard to pack, as I will be staying in Sydney for a further five weeks for training for a new job. So, that’s a lot of clothes. I haven’t packed luggage for a six week stint in many years – it turns out I’m still no good at it! But anyway, this is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe at the moment. It is technically a light jacket, but I’m currently obsessed with wearing it like this, as a dress. If I use a thin black belt, its barely noticeable, and all that is focussed on is the excellent drapery, especially around the décolletage area. So beautiful. The shoes are a 90’s slingback mule, beautiful soft leather.

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Both are beautiful gifts from a friend of mine who I recently worked on a shoot with, Emily from Red House Vintage. Understatement of the millenium: Emily has an incredible talent for vintage goods. The pieces she manages to find (god knows how!) are just incredible, and more unique, on-trend, and flattering than most vintage stores. Red House Vintage is regularly at Gilles St Markets in Adelaide – if you get a chance, I’d highly recommend going and browsing through. By far one of my favourite vintage stores in Adelaide! See her Facebook here to like away so you can find where RHV will be next: facebook.com/redhousevintage

Im in love with this entire outfit. I avoided this type of drapery and black essentialism for such a long time. I cannot for the life of me remember why. Now, there is no looking back. I’ve started a love affair.

The shoot Emily and I worked on together is a very special something coming up – a collaboration between both of our creative crazy brain cells. I would love to share with you all right now. But I can’t; not just yet anyway. Soon, I promise. Keep your eyes peeled!

See you at MBFWA beauties; I must sleep now, so I don’t miss my flight tomorrow.

Cx