Summary Of Sumize Girls By Sarah Ziff

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Smize, girls!
“Let’s face it, you’re all a car accident away from never looking like this again,” these are the words from the same woman who is credited with finding super model Tyra Banks (Ling). Sounds a little tough, right? Comments like this are extremely common in the modeling industry, along with eating disorders and payless jobs. Sarah Ziff is trying to put a stop to this and raise awareness for these vulnerable girls. Ziff is a retired model who works to help young models from being taken advantage of in the modeling world. In her interview with CNN, Sarah Ziff uses statistics and personal stories to share her opinion and slander the modeling industry.
There are so many downsides to the modeling world, yes these young women are skinny, …show more content…

Ziff telling her story pulls on the heartstrings of the reader by using the rhetorical device pathos, that focuses on emotions to entice a reader. Ziff telling Ling about her modeling troubles, “I had trouble getting paid the money I was owed by my agency. I ended up leaving and got a lawyer to threaten legal action… one client who declared bankruptcy didn’t pay me” (Ling). This story backs up how agencies do not care enough about their models to even pay them owed money. Ziff had to get a lawyer to threaten her agency just to get a few paychecks from jobs here and there. Sarah Ziff also tells of another modeling horror story from her past. She tells Ling that at her first modeling job, when she was a young fourteen years old, she arrived and was told immediately to take all of her clothes off for the pictures. Ziff was told nothing beforehand about the shoot, so she definitely was not expecting to model nude for her first ever shoot (Ling). To further emphasize her point that she was so young and vulnerable in the industry, Ziff states, “I didn’t realize that I even could say no” (Ling). Through these touching stories, Sarah Ziff portrays her defenselessness young self, being thrown around in the modeling world, to further get the reader to understand how dangerous it is for young girls in the modeling world. These first hand stories, tug on the readers’ heartstrings and make …show more content…

According to the interviewee, “modeling agencies in New York insisted, ‘we’re not talent agencies, we are management companies and … we are simply advising the models on their careers. Booking them jobs is just incidental to the work that we do” (Ling). Then, Ziff explains that talent agencies, “Are required to be licensed [and] there’s a ten percent cap on commissions” (Ling). This whole loophole that agencies use just further proves Ziff’s argument that modeling agencies are all in it for the money, not the model. Ziff then tells Ling about New York’s new legislature to protect modeling under eighteen is a step in the right direction but not enough yet. Ziff believes that this new, “law is not perfect” and she “still want[s] to make sure child models have fair working hours” (Ling). The interviewee states statistics to make the reader realize it’s not just her opinion, but the facts can say it all for her. This is appealing to the skeptical readers, that might not want to believe Ziff’s first hand modeling disaster stories. Not only is the reader being persuaded by these stories, but the article has a video about how young girls are picked to be models. The video follows a new young model in New York, trying to get her first job. The aspiring model is unsuccessful and is turned away, with comments about her body and weight. Next, the video

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