A digital recreation of an article published in Modern Man Magazine Vol16 No12 1967
It’s not often that a pretty figure model reports to work for an unknown artist, only to discover that the artist is even more lovely than she is. However, when this situation arose in Los Angeles recently, the artist happened to be Modern Man’s Doll of the Month, Erica Brodsky. How’s that for a switch?
The model, whom Erica had hired sight unseen for ten dollars, reacted with typically feminine pride. "Honey," she said _ sweetly, "why don’t you just use a mirror and save ten bucks?" Then she walked out, leaving Erica to contemplate one of the many wondrous advantages of being both an artist and a beautiful doll at the same time.
Being from the Canadian province of Quebec, Erica is not accustomed to the fierce rivalries and idiosyncrasies of Hollywood models. In fact, she is not accustomed to Hollywood, period. She’s simply a gorgeous, brown-eyed art student who longs to create great paintings, even if it means enduring years of hunger and suffering. However, suffering she was ready for; jealous models she was not. "I simply don’t understand their attitudes," she says plaintively. "I can hardly use myself for a model that would be just too vain. At the same time, I can’t be an artist without learning how to paint figures. The whole situation leaves me perplexed. It’s the one kind of obstacle I hadn’t anticipated."
Fortunately, not all figure models walk out only some of those who get paid less than $15 an hour. "The more attractive and confident models are, the more expensive they are," says Erica. "For $25 an hour, I can hire a girl who won’t consider me as worthy competition in a horse show."
That, of course, is just Brodsky modesty. The ironic part is that she has exposed her own 35-21-35 figure to modeling in order to earn the money she needs to pay for models. And the amount she earned from RBK Photography for this one set of MM photos is enough to hire all the high-priced posers she can use. But, of course, she wiII never, never let them know that.