I would like to introduce Anne Atkinson, a UK-based mature model who has an excellent portfolio of fashion and lingerie photos. She agreed to answer a few questions about her life and career.
Q: It’s very interesting to see a woman who works as a model beyond
the age of 25. I’ve heard before that for commercial photoshoots all
different age groups were in demand just so that the companies could
appeal to various age groups. Do you feel that being a mature model
you have less competition than all the 21-year-olds running from
casting to casting?
A: In my age group there are fewer models with what seems to be a greater variety of looks for different types of shoots. However, getting paid work is harder as there seem to be fewer opportunities, so I have been working on generating some ideas of my own to work on.
Q: Some people say that modeling is fun. Do you agree? I personally
see it as work that is physically and mentally demanding, at least
based on my own experience.
A: While modelling can be very physically and mentally demanding, it can also be good fun. It’s good to be able to develop a rapport with the photographer and exchange a few jokes. I prefer not to take myself TO seriously but I feel I have to give the job everything I’ve got.
It’s important to keep fit and eat healthily though, so modelling isn’t just about turning up for jobs but also about maintaining a healthy approach to life all the time. It’s important also to bring ideas of your own to a shoot. The photographers appreciate your input and generating creative ideas adds to the enjoyment of the job.
Q: Have you ever thought of starting your own modelling agency?
A: Starting a modelling agency is not something I have thought of. I would think it would be very hard to get started in what is quite an uncertain area of business.
Q: What are your thoughts about parents putting their kids in modeling
and beauty pageants at an early age? If it would be up to you, would
you put a certain age minimum on that?
A: When my sons were younger, as they were both attractive children, it crossed my mind to try and get them into the child modelling world. I think parents need to think very carefully about what it could involve and make sure that the child’s happiness and welfare is always foremost.
I have sometimes been concerned that some parents are fulfilling a need of their own and maybe forget to think too deeply about the welfare of the child. I certainly think the child beauty pageants are wrong on many levels. They can give a child an unrealistic set of values and could even lead to problems of self esteem as they get older.
Having said all this, there are obviously children who love all the attention, the opportunities to dress up etc. With the proper safeguards, (including proper checks from outside agencies) I think it can be OK.
Q: Great to see that you enjoy lingerie. Do you have any favourite
lingerie outfits that you would like to share with us?
A: I enjoy posing in lingerie but, being older, there are areas of my body that I prefer to keep covered. So my favourite types of lingerie are usually items such as bodies, teddies and corsets. One of my favourites is this one (displayed below) – the frill and the different materials accentuates my figure and makes me feel sexy.
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