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Naked truth of modelling - Deni Bown

Features | By Deni Bown

Deni Brown, painted by an anonymous student

For the love of art and money

What on earth made me become a nude model? It all began with a bank statement. I had exceeded my overdraft limit. This was serious – I was a single parent and, in the early 1980s, absent fathers weren’t obliged to pay maintenance. I already had one part-time job. Now I needed another. I reached for the local paper and turned to Situations Vacant. Among the usual ads for bar staff, shop assistants and so on was ‘Model required for Life Class’. How embarrassing – but how else could I earn so much for doing what sounded like so little? ...


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