Several dozen artists' models who pose in some of the Philadelphia area's best
art schools are banding together to demand higher wages, benefits, and better
Including more heat and privacy.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that most professional artists' models earn
between $9.50 and $12 an hour, although some make more when they model privately
for established artists. They'd like to see an hourly wage of $15 an hour, with
some benefits, said Claire Hankins, 38, of Glenside, one of the leaders of the
"By uniting together, we could become regarded more as professionals and
not as unskilled people off the street," said model Tomas Dura, a flamenco
dancer in his 40s who uses his dance to inspire his poses.
"It involves an artistic approach," said Dura, a Fishtown resident
and a member of the fledgling Philadelphia Models Guild. "It's more than
just being able to stand still or being able to take your clothes off."
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, via the Miami