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She may have lost the argument, but Andrea Smith still believes glamour modelling is a legitimate career choice
Passions were ignited at UCD Law Society last week when two teams participated in its annual debate on glamour modelling. The motion was that, rather than degrading women, the house believed that glamour modelling is the most progressive illustration of modern-day feminism and a legitimate career choice.
A pretty performance artist, aka Emma Quinlan, who has modelled for the likes of FHM and Esquire flew the flag for one side, while a fat, middle-aged journalist, aka me, took the opposing stance. You may, however, be surprised to learn that I was the one leading the team in favour of the motion, while Emma, who is famous for posing with snakes and other reptiles, was against it!
It was an interesting juxtaposition, because it would be assumed that someone like me would look down my nose on those who make 10 times as much as I do, for looking glamorous and exposing a bit of flesh. When I told friends that I was taking part, they almost all presumed that I was going to take the stance that glamour modelling degrades women.