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May 23, 2002

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 working conditions.

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 group.

"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 Herald

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