Shoutout to TBM from Charli Howard

A lovely mention from model and blogger Charli Howard in her list of the best modelling blogs.

This is my personal favorite! As the title suggests, this site covers all business aspects of modeling – the different markets, managing your accounts, what to wear to castings, industry news and more. It’s especially great for those starting out.
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You know Charli from last fall, when she captured the internet's attention with her open letter to her agency who dropped her for being "out of shape." 

Check out her excellent blog and follow her on Instagram!

Photographer, Mark Holland, 39, arrested by Toronto Police Service on charge of sexual assault

On the morning of Thursday 3 March 2016, the Toronto Police Service released the following statement:

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public of a ongoing Sexual Assault investigation. 

It is alleged that: 

- on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at approximately 1 p.m, an 18-year-old woman attended a man's home in the Queen's Quay and Yonge Street area for a photo shoot

- the woman began posing for the man

- the man then sexually assaulted the woman

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Mark Holland, 39, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with: 

1. Sexual Assault

He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 2 p.m., room 504. 

He is described as 39, 5'11", athletic build, with clean-cut light-brown hair and clean-shaven. 

Police believe there may be other victims. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World. 

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website

To see the full statement, a photograph of the accused, and further updates, visit the TPS website.

The news was also reported on NewsTalk1010.

Year in Review: 2015

Some fierce and fantastic people have joined the ranks of Business Model in 2015 - here are our twelve favourites.

1. Modelling Race: To Civil Rights and Back Again

In 20th century American media, African American women were rarely represented in ways that respectfully reflected their diversity of self-identities. Rather images of black women were refracted though white fears, prejudices, and preoccupations with specific ideas of gender, sexuality, and class. The Civil Rights era saw African American consumers and media express types of beauty distinct from white America, but these gains failed to endure into the 21st century. Read more>

2. Giving credit where credit is due

Half of the fun of doing a photo shoot is posting about it on social media afterward. But it's important to credit the people who were on set with you that day. Although this all seems like common sense, people consistently forget to credit one another. Read more>

3. The Agents: Mother Model

Founded by Jeff and Mary Clarke in St. Louis, Missouri, Mother Model is one of the top management and scouting agencies in the United States, if not the world. From developing Ashton Kutcher and Karlie Kloss to up-and-comers Grace Hartzel and Jennie Runk, there's no denying Mother Model's eye for talent. We spoke to Mary Clarke of Mother Model about how the industry has changed, the importance of models having their own voice, and how amongst a bevy of new mother agencies, Mother Model has remained in a league of their own. Read more>

4. The Model: Madi Ross

Madi Ross is one of the most recognizable commercial faces in Thailand. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Ross has worked successfully in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Bangkok. After modelling successfully in Asia, she's taken the plunge and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting and modelling career. Read more>

5. The Union: SDA New South Wales 

In June of this year, The Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees’ Association made headlines for its representation of models, a notoriously difficult feat. In August we spoke with Bernie Smith, Secretary of the SDA New South Wales, about the history of organized labour in the Australian modelling industry, the challenges facing working models, and the opportunities for further workplace empowerment. Read more>

6. How to come to set make-up ready  

Do you know what to do when your booker instructs you to come to set "make-up ready"? TBM Beauty Editor Julia Stone walks us through two looks that every model needs in their arsenal. Read more>

7. Interview: Laurin Liu, Member of Canadian Parliament

On May 14th, MP Laurin Liu, Députée, Rivière-des-Mille-Îles tabled a motion (M-610) to establish a national strategy on eating disorders and body image. We chatted with her about barriers to appropriate treatment, workplace hazards in the modelling industry, and the future of M-610. Read more>

8. The Model: Taylor R  

Model, blogger, and YouTuber Taylor adopted a kawaii persona that differentiated her from other foreign models in Hong Kong and became a huge hit among industry insiders and locals alike. Early last year, she moved to Tokyo to take her career even further. TBM chats with Taylor R to find out more about the woman with 126k Instagram followers. Read more>

9. Fitspo: Selling fitness with model bodies

It seems like every model has a six pack these days. What does the "fitspo" trend really mean for models and consumers looking for alternatives to "skinniness"? Read more>

10. Transferrable skills: Why "model" belongs on your resume

Whether applying for part-time work to supplement modelling income, or looking for a job after leaving modelling entirely behind, all models are faced with a question: "Should I put 'Model' on my resume?" More often then not, the answer is "Yes." Models have many transferable skills that are valuable to employers in a variety of industries. You've got the skills, so don't discount them! Read more>

11. The Ultimate Model Bag

Our new Beauty Guide has a handy checklist for the ultimate model bag. Save the male or female list to your phone for flawless packing every time! Read more>

12. The Model: Nicole Jedrzejko

Polish-Somali model-turned-medical student, Nicole Jedrzejko is truly one-of-a-kind. Learn about her transition out of modelling in this new interview. Read more>