This morning I read an article in the Guardian that asked "Where are all the 50-something models?" Good question. The conclusion is that, “We do need to see more diversity, more wrinkles, more curves, more black models..." My request - and transgender women of age.
I had a brush with modeling in the last century. Wow, does that me sound old or what? However, I digress. I had just finished a long-term consulting gig in San Diego and was back home in Florida, completely travel weary. My youngest daughter at that time was 6 and absolutely adorable. Photogenic; an understatement. She love to pose and the camera loved her. I cannot imagine where she got that?
We rented a studio for an afternoon, with lights and shot many rolls of film (remember those). We used many change of outfits and had a great fun afternoon. The photos were good. Our next step was looking for an modeling agency and we found one; a local talent agency that was owned and operated by a larger than life beauty contest winner and former fashion model.
She liked my daughter’s portfolio and we struck a deal. At the time West Palm Beach was not a hot bed of catalog work so there were many trips to Miami just to audition. Much of the Miami work was Latin/South American so my little blond daughter was a little out of place. It was hard on a six year old to hear she was not right of the work, so after a good number of rejections our enthusiasm waned. Still a nice memory for her.
Digital photography was just getting started, however the electronic storage and photo enhancing was really getting going. I volunteered my services as a computer consultant and did do some computer setup work with the modeling agency. What an awful place to hang out - NOT. The owner of the agency did have a beautiful studio, so it was not long before Rhonda had her own private makeup session and photo shoot. The Photo above is from 1989. It was just for fun.
Fast forward - In case there are any talent agents out there that are looking for a "mature" transgender model, below is my modeling card from 2013. Will work for .......