Modelling is a collaborative process. The way he compares them to things is hilarious … he will get so enthusiastic about the light hitting my big toe. He once told me that he wasn't really painting me at all. But the more I do it the more I realise that it's really nothing to do with having a nice body. The Figure Model's Guild declares modelling to be "an art form in itself". The stigma differs depending on whether you model for a painter or a photographer or a sculptor, or a digital-art photographer, or a body painter … Some people are still keen to impose a hierarchy of respectability onto the art world.
Amira. Age: 29.
Often, jobs are found by mutual recommendation alone.
Melina. Age: 32.
The naked truth about life models
Leake says: "I suppose that if you're making erotic or glamour photos then sexual tension is probably a good idea, but it's not in the slightest bit necessary for the kind of work I do - in fact, I believe it would be a big hindrance. Leake believes that is socially more acceptability to show nude women than nude men. It's such a joy working with people like that.