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Bank Stain

This post has got absolutely NOTHING to do with modelling. It is written by the Editor as the middle aged, annoyed with life, woman with an avenue to vent via her career, that she is.

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“Once again the BANKING system hasn’t failed to leave a nasty taste in my mouth today. In fact, not so much a nasty taste, more of a permanent STAIN.  Grr.

Not content with leaving me hanging on the telephone for over an hour, giving me false hope at the possibility of literally THOUSANDS of options. Surely one will help me? Nope, not one option applicable to me. Where is the ‘SPEAK TO AN ACTUAL PERSON’ option we all want? In fact, the ONLY option any of us want. And no, we don’t care how much that costs the BANKERS. Not one bit.

I set up my bank account over 30 years ago with a small birthday present of £2 given to me by my late Grandmother. My particular bank of choice was the one a ten year old girl would clearly opt for with a love of horses. And what other reason at the time should there be?

So I continued with this account, making no defaults, owing no funds, always keeping it up to date and within the parameters allowed at any time. I earned various benefits as a result of my flawless behaviour. And this was much appreciated. But in 2014 to say thanks for being such a long serving and loyal customer they changed my account to another bank. Cheers. Perhaps asking me first would have been a good idea? The first I knew of it was the change from ‘green’ to ‘blue’ on my internet banking screen. Everything else stayed the same, therein creating some confusion about the enormity of the situation. Apparently everyone in my ‘postcode’ got ‘automatically switched’ to the change of bank during a corporate take-over. How special that makes me feel. To be ‘automatically switched as a result of my postcode’. So intimate. So deeply personal. SO BLOODY INCONVENIENT. My POSTCODE doesn’t provide this change of bank within a reasonable geographic distance for me. Who did the postal code homework? Han Solo?

My unrequested, currently very much unwanted bank have subsequently argued that they wrote to tell me about this. Well I’m sure they probably did. But as a working mum of two small children also running a business, when do I have time to read what is immediately identifiable as ‘junk’ mail from my bank? I work from home. I receive a lot of mail. I don’t have time to open what appears to be marketing drivvel. I do everything online.  Largely because unless I visit a branch I can’t do anything any other way anymore. Ok, so hands up. I should have read my mail. But surely there is an option open to a loyal customer to resolve this? 

Well there is… just not a satisfactory one!

To switch back to my original bank, I would lose all my account benefits. My bank. The one I chose at the age of ten, with my beloved Grandmother. The one I have not only a financial interest in but a sentimental attachment to. I now stand to lose my insurances, account benefits, my overdraft facility. Everything. Even the account number I have imprinted on my brain after being a customer for so long. I don’t even get to keep that. I have to set up a new bank account in order to be back with my bank. What? The one I had in the first place. You see they don’t offer the benefits I have, on my account, that belongs to me, to new customers. BUT I HAVE BEEN YOUR CUSTOMER FOR THIRTY YEARS!

Set up a standing order. Ok easy. The bank will ring to confirm you are making this transaction. Please key in the code. Great. Well ring then. Hello? Why are you not ringing my phone? Sorry but we couldn’t connect to your telephone number which is completely accurate and there is no explainable reason, but anyway we can’t. Please ring this number to continue.

Sorry we can’t help you because even though you have answered every security question on the planet relating to your account that even the BANK don’t know the answers to, we can’t help you because you haven’t received the magic security number through the post we claim to have sent you a year ago.

FFS

I just want to set up a standing order. To pay someone. On a regular basis. Using my money. From my bank account. That I own. That I pay the bank for. Why is this so BLOODY DIFFICULT?

“You will have to visit your local branch in order to continue with this now as the banking system has ‘locked you out’.”

SUPER! My ‘local bank’ is over 30 miles away. I have LOADS of spare time available to go on a jolly to my ‘LOCAL BANK’ to sort out something that BELONGS TO ME that I AM NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT because I don’t have a poxy SECURITY NUMBER.

I have spent over a week dealing with the setting up of a direct debit for TEN POUNDS A MONTH. An entire week of my life, I will never get back. And all because the BANKING system will not acknowledge me as a human being.

Is it any wonder we are in the financial crisis that we are with such customer UNfriendly services and unacceptably time consuming procedures just to ACCESS OUR OWN INFORMATION.

Oh yes identity theft. Right. And other CRIMINAL activity. That’s why these security measures are in place. SUPER. So even though I am not a criminal, pay my taxes, abide by the law, work my arse off, pay my bills, live honestly and with integrity… I ultimately am the one to suffer.

Well cheers to everyone who has put the many good people in this and many similar frustrating situations. Cheers and thanks a lot. I tell you what might help though. If in the AUTOMATED BANKING system  the following option is provided:

‘To speak to an ACTUAL HUMAN BEING, please say FOR F**** SAKE’ or key in ‘FOR F**** SAKE’ after the tone. That would help. That I think would enable the majority of banking customers to save time, money and believe they are actually getting a service they are paying for.”

#justanidea #bankstain #bank

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Happy birthday to Kate Moss

A 26 year hugely successful career in modelling Kate Moss turns 40 today. Happy birthday Kate from all of us at Every Model Magazine.
Whilst the media appears to be questioning whether at ‘her age’ she has still ‘got it’ or not we don’t think that this is in question!
Kate has recently fronted campaigns by Versace and Rimmel. She is said to be is the fourth highest-paid model in the world, according to Forbes, earning $5.7 million, (4.2 million euros) between June 2012 and June 2013.
Behind the cameras, she will be making her debut as contributing fashion editor at British Vogue, and in April will launch a new collaboration with high-street fashion powerhouse Topshop.

Happy birthday and keep doing what makes you happy.

Love, Every Model Mag x

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Is modelling too tough?

Top model Daria Werbowy has been quoted as quitting the profession because she ‘physically and mentally couldn’t handle it’ anymore.

Do all models feel like this? Is it really a hard graft? Well those in the know will all tell you that it certainly isn’t all glitz, glam and chauffeur driven limos for sure. But a sensible schedule coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle would be deemed as no more taxing than most other jobs. But maybe if you add ‘celebrity status’ into that equation then it could end up being way too much to handle.

Daria Werbowy told The Telegraph that the “reality of the [modelling] industry and the ephemeral nature of beauty and fame” gave her a certain distance from the world she works in.

Daria Werbowy, who modelled for Mango was considered one of the top 10 highest-paid models of 2013 goes on to say, “I decided to do the minimal amount that I could get away with, because I physically and mentally couldn’t do any more”.
“It’s like, you have everything you want, what you dreamt of is coming true, you can’t buy anything else to make you happy, so then you think, Well, what else is there? And you have to leave.”
It was turning 30 when something shifted for the model who first entered the industry at 14. “I was so relieved. I was like, I can do and say and be whatever I want now-because I’m 30. There was a lot of surrendering.”

The model is now taking time out to enjoy the fruits of her labour, as she is hailed as the ‘world’s hottest supermodel’ on the February cover of US Harper’s Bazaar.
After that, Werbowy will be back to her carpenter boyfriend and Ashtanga yoga lifestyle – “I’m addicted. I stopped drinking, so this is the way life goes” – in rural Ireland.

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A models choice? They don’t know they’re born!

Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger has gone back to her modelling roots by signing a contract with IMG Models aged 60 joining her 18-year-old daughter, Ireland Baldwin, on the established agency’s books.

Basinger’s modelling potential was first spotted in 1969 when she was just 16 and a contestant in a local beauty pageant by Ford Models co-founder Eileen Ford. At first she declined their offer of a contract and instead enrolled at the University of Georgia, only to reconsider months later, leave university and move to New York to begin modelling professionally.

She stopped modelling in 1976 after becoming frustrated with the industry and decided to concentrate on her acting career, moving to Los Angeles and taking acting workshops.

“It was very hard to go from one booking to another and always have to deal with the way I looked. I couldn’t stand it. I felt myself choking,” she has previously said of the job.

A statement made by many a professional working model. It can be draining having to constantly make sure every inch of you is in peak condition. Most people will consider it a choice and not one to be moaned about once made.

But is it a choice? What if the average working model only chooses this because they have, or indeed think they have no other avenue or career path available to them that would provide them with the same level of income? That said, could it ever be considered a hardship?

The old expression ‘some people don’t know they are born’ springs to mind. But what does that mean? Is it just a cover up for good old fashioned jealousy? The expression has many a theory behind it’s meaning. But for the most part it seems to be agreed that it predominantly means that the person accused has something of greater value than their awareness of it. And that said, this equally being a common opinion of those who model, by those who don’t.

Whilst it is a fabulous career and indeed somewhat of an accolade if successful, nothing is just given. We may well be born with looks to achieve it. But that does not necessarily come with the desire to. Equally we may not have the right look and want such a career more than anything else. Or is this simply a case of the grass being greener?

Conclusion

Too much moaning and complaining makes for continued column inches. Everyone moans. We all complain. Nothing is ever going to be ‘fair’ or ‘perfect’. Because if it were, we would all live a life of boredom with no reason for conversation, competition, aspiration or progression.

To those who think Kim is too old to model or wrong to complain about the low points of her career – focus on your own life, identify your own weaknesses and fix those. Leave Kim to sort her own life out any which way she chooses.

To those who don’t believe that beauty pageants are a platform for success in a variety of careers – please read the above.

To those who know nothing about the modelling, beauty or fashion business but claim to be industry experts regardless – 😐

Lots of love from,

Every Model Mag

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Model Lily Cole’s gift of giving

There is never a better time of year to embrace the concept of giving to others. Most of us understand how rewarding this is but how many of us regularly ‘give’ to others and shouldn’t we all do a little bit more of it? Giving without agenda sadly does not appear to be something many of us see day to day. If we had a few more genuine good deeds how much would that add to our lives? It’s not even about the gift given more the very fact that someone else is prepared to give it, and with nothing in return.

Model Lily Cole has created a fabulous social networking App / Website, designed to bring people together and embrace the concept of giving. By posting wishes or offers of gifts on the app, much like you would post a Facebook or twitter status, you too could be part of this giving community.

Clearly the App is monitored so obvious idiots don’t get to post anything other than wishes and gifts worthy of the genuine concept. It does have it’s limitations and offers or ‘wishes’ included on the site cannot be monetary based, violent or sexual.

The idea is to offer or wish for anything you can give or would like to receive for free in your area. The clever App teams you up with your local community and brings people together.

For example you could offer a free service such as a haircut if you are a hairdresser or a manicure if you are a beauty technician. Or you could wish for something and see if a local person is able to offer you it.

To visit the website and be part of this fabulous online giving community click HERE

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Model scams

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Get your facts right!
There has been a lot of press, thank goodness, about model scams. That’s great. The only way to stop scams is by outing the people responsible for them and educating everyone about what a scam is.
Sadly though many people don’t take enough notice of the facts.
Now we are faced with a large number of ‘know it alls’ accusing every agency, every contest and every person they meet as being scammers.
So the modelling industry has to work for free now does it? Nobody can charge a fee for anything right? All photographers should work for the love of it and not earn a wage? Competitions should run for the good of their health and we all live happily ever after?
GET REAL!
If you are going to accuse a business, agent, model or individual of being a scammer then please DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Charging…

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