The secrets of a Hull glamour model – revealed

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The secrets of a Hull glamour model – revealed

Ever wondered what it is like to be a glamour model – or what it takes?

Hull glamour model Tanya Cox has revealed how she got into the industry and what it is like now as a 38-year-old.

And some of what she has to say might surprise you …

How did you get into modelling and was it something you always wanted to do?

“I never really thought about doing any modelling work but whilst I was working as a lap dancer, I got approached by an agency and was asked if I would consider doing any modelling work.

“I was quite shocked as I thought you had to be tall and skinny to do any kind of modelling but they reassured me that was just the fashion industry and that I was perfect for glamour.”

How old were you and how long have you been doing it?

“I came into the industry at 27 and I’m now 38.”

Tanya Cox had already worked as a lap dancer for three years
Tanya Cox had already worked as a lap dancer for three years

What was it like at first and what kind of things you were doing?

“Having already worked as a lap dancer for three years, I was very comfortable with modelling straight away.

“I think its the taking your clothes off bit that worries most new glamour models but as I had already been doing that for three years, that was the easy part, it was learning to find the light and what angles suited me that took the time the learn.”

Was you aware of any challenges the industry faced at the beginning?

“No, when I first came into the industry, everything seemed great, people were much more reliable with higher standards always putting quality first back then.

“But now its more quantity over quality and trying to get as much as possible shot in the time frame are booked for.”

Was there ever a point where you regretted getting into modelling?

“When I first turned 30, my work really quietened off as some companies considered me too old for the young market but I still looked too young to break the mature market.

“It was a very low point in my life and feeling my career slip away made me so depressed at times that I wished I never started.”

What has been the best things about it? Are there any moments which stand out where you loved it?

“I think for me, it helped me to find my own inner strength. I was guilty of never sticking up for myself when I was younger but now I’m the first to say when anyone is out of order, whether it’s towards myself, a friend or even a stranger.

“Also through modelling and dancing, I have now met the best friends that I have ever had.

“I trust them completely and never doubt anymore that they all love me, as much as I love them.”

Tanya Cox came into the glamour modelling industry at 27 and is now 38

What has been some of the worst things about it?

“The worst thing about modelling is the high cancellation rates which has been getting worse and worse each year since 2010, but I don’t think that is just an industry problem, I think society in general has forgotten its manners because I have noticed that more and more people cancel social meets with friends than ever before too.”

Have you ever been judged based on your career? What do you think of that?

“Not in my personal life, but since my work started to quieten off and I have been trying to get a ‘normal job‘, I do feel like employers are discriminating against me as I don’t even seem to be able to get an interview these days, and when I was younger I always found it so easy to get work.

“When a place I worked at closed down, I had a new job within a week.”

How successful have you been?

“I felt pretty successful when I was younger but I do think I would of had a better career had I started when I was younger as it only lasted a few years before my peak ran out.

“I am now just starting to finally break the mature market, so fingers crossed I can make a success of that, but early days yet.”

Modelling must have changed since you started – have you seen that and in what way?

“It certainly has, all the technology keeps changing, I don’t know how the photographers keep up. And unfortunately the budgets aren’t as big anymore.

“I really miss the days of make-up artists and clothing departments on all shoots, but these days its only the very biggest companies that provide those now and for most shoots we just get a list of what types clothing to bring with us and have to do our own hair and make-up.”

Do you think it will change in the future and in what way? We are seeing different types of models coming through now

“We are and I love that we are now celebrating diversity with models now coming in different shapes, sizes, styles and ages.

“I met a new model on set recently who had just started doing topless modelling at 52.”

Tanya Cox has opened up about what it is really like to be a glamour model
Tanya Cox has opened up about what it is really like to be a glamour model

Social media has also come to the forefront and many models experience “trolling” – is that something you’ve experienced?

“Yes, I have had a few negative comments but, for every bad comment I get, there is always at least 20 positive comments to counter-act it and the troll then usually ends up getting loads of grief for his/her comment anyway so it always back fires on them.”

Would you advise someone to get into the industry? What would your advice be and how would they go about getting a break?

“Although when times are good, it’s not just a job to me, it is my life and I do love modelling but because of how difficult I have found trying to find a ‘normal job‘ since, no I wouldn’t recommend anyone getting into the industry.

“But if someone is 100 per cent certain that it’s what they want to do, I recommend joining the online portfolio sites over an agency so you can speak to the photographers you are shooting for direct yourself as the agencies don’t always give you the right information.

“Just make sure you always check references and remember you should never do anything that your not comfortable with.”

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Is age a big thing in modelling and have you ever felt stigmatised by others in the industry?

“There is definitely more work for younger models, but thanks to films like American Pie making MILFS, GILFS and Cougars sexy, it has opened up the industry to mature models too which is great but the down side is that once your above 30, everyone feels the need to point out the fact that your older by using the terms MILF/Cougar etc alongside all your publications.

“I am still struggling with this eight years on as I keep getting called a MILF and find the term really offensive.”

Looking back now, do you feel empowered by it all?

“I feel that the industry has helped me to realise that it is OK to just be myself and that my imperfections make me human, approachable and more relatable.”

What agency are you with?

“I’m not with any agencies anymore. They did help get me work when I was new but once you are established, the bookings come to you direct and I also had a problems with been given the wrong information and been sent on jobs for levels I don’t cover.”

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