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Real war story :wink:

Ugly Models, an agency of extraordinary 'characters'
AFP Breaking News February 17, 2018 01:00

Long necks, large chins, flapping ears, crooked noses: welcome to Ugly Models, a London modelling agency of a different stripe, where imperfections are celebrated.

  • Former professional rugby player Kris Chesney poses during a casting at the UGLY model agency in London on January 25.//AFP

  • Chairman of Ugly/Rage Models, Marc French interviews a potential model at the UGLI Campus in London on January 25.//AFP

  • Potential models wait to be seen during a casting at the UGLY model agency in London on January 25.//AFP
Fashion Week opens in the British capital Friday, and among the legions of models strutting down the catwalk, several will come from Ugly.

They make eye-catching additions to the perfectly honed or androgynous models that typically feature at fashion's annual showcase in London.

"It's celebrating diversity really and it's bringing a bit more light to fashion instead of just using the bog-standard models," agency owner Marc French told AFP.

He describes it as a "character" model agency -- "from fat, thin, to large to small: you name it, we've got it". He cited the example of French actor Gerard Depardieu.

"I mean look at him: he's so full of character and charisma. "He becomes sexy because he's so cool and he's so different."

- 'Imperfection is beauty' -

Founded a half century ago, Ugly occupies trendy open-plan space in west London featuring a baroque sofa, brushed aluminium computers and walls studded with photos of models.

A portrait of late rock superstar David Bowie adorns the wall, alongside the quote "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius," which reads like a company motto.

Like any such agency, it manages the careers of its models, putting them in touch with employers of all stripes, from Burberry to Mercedes to Jack Daniel's.

On a recent weekday, Ugly was organising a casting to complete its catalogue and those in attendance were atypical models.

Among them were some tough-looking guys.

Chris, for example, a former soldier with arms as thick as logs, posed shirtless with a 50-year-old brunette in a two-piece suit.

Kris Chesney, an ex-rugby player with Toulon and Saracens, is a man mountain at nearly two metres (over six feet) tall and weighing 135 kilogrammes (almost 300 pounds).

With his shaved head, tattooed arms, rugged face, and body bearing the marks of countless scrums, he is perhaps an unlikely male model.

"It's a new journey, something interesting, like a challenge," he said. Others are on more of a personal mission.

Sheerah Ravindren, a petite 22-year-old model just 1.61 metres tall, comes from Sri Lanka and proclaims herself a "militant immigrant model".

Sporting a bare belly between baggy jeans and black top, she has a right nostril piercing and plenty of positive attitude.

"I'm a woman of colour. Growing up, I've never seen people that look like me in media, in fashion." //AFP

Frances, a disabled model who gets around using a pair of eye-catchingly futuristic crutches, revealed proudly that her disability "didn't stop me from doing what I want".

- 'Not here to exploit' -

For French, "what makes a good ugly model is someone who is comfortable in his own skin".

"We don't want retouching, we don't want people to change the way they look.

"If someone comes to us a certain way, we'd never say it'd be better if he was smaller.

"It's really important. There's so much pressure on young kids," he said.

The agency is also eager to counter any perception that it cynically exploits its models for their peculiarities.

"Sometimes we've had companies ring up and said: we want a small person that will kick themselves in the head. Woo... like no -- that's wrong," said Lulu Palmer, a booker who is head of new faces.

"We're not here to exploit people, to take the mickey out of people."

Always on the lookout for new talent, the team admitted the company name can elicit less than enthusiastic responses from would-be models.

But, said French, "the minute they understand what Ugly is all about then they want to be a model."//AFP


Alfrescian (Inf)
This holds true in our work place (and govt too) :wink:

Of dumb ass hires?

The king wanted to go fishing, and he asked the royal weather
forecaster the forecast for the next few hours. The palace meteorologist assured him that there was no chance of rain.

So the king and the queen went fishing. On the way he met a man
with a fishing pole riding on a donkey, and he asked the man if the fish were biting.

The fisherman said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace! In just a short time I expect a huge rain storm."

The king replied: "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an educated and experienced professional.

Besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him."

So the king continued on his way. However, in a short time a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked.

Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the meteorologist. Then he summoned the fisherman and offered him the prestigious position of royal forecaster.

The fisherman said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that...it will rain."

So the king hired the donkey.

And thus began the practice of hiring dumb asses to work in influential positions of government. The practice is unbroken to this date.