February 5, 2007, - 2:49 pm

Another “Job Americans Just Won’t Do”

By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, I’ve detailed some of the “jobs Americans just won’t do.” You know “back-breaking” work for “little pay” like the position of Head Hockey Coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
Now here’s the latest “job Americans won’t do.”
Meet Bianca Gomez. Her life is tough. She goes on so many interviews and gets very little work. Like many Mexicans, she hopes jobbers will pick her for a day’s work for very little pay.
Except Gomez–the subject of a front-page story in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal–is not a Mexican illegal alien. She’s an American (of Mexican descent), and she is having a hard time finding work in her chosen profession: runway model. Yes, fashion houses like Ralph Lauren and Nicole Miller–both of which promote an “all-American” image, don’t want American models. They’re too fat, too big.


American Model Bianca Gomez:

Doing the Work “Americans Just Won’t Do”

At 5’11” and 120 pounds, the twiggy American, Ms. Gomez, is having a hard time finding runway work, which pays a few hundred dollars.
Designer Nicole Miller told the Journal:

There’s [sic] so many models now. It used to be the Americans, Europeans and Candians. Then we got the influz of Brazilians, Russians, Eastern Europeans. There are just thousands every year.

The WSJ reports that not a single one of the 22 models, walking down the Calivn Klein runway at last season’s fashion week in New York, was an American.
Says the 18-year-old Gomez:

I am not trying to say they are taking over the world or anything. But they did get a lot of jobs.

Don’t tell me–like the many Americans who’d love to be a college hockey coach–that being a fashion model on the runway is work “Americans just won’t do.” Tell that to the thousands of American girls and women, each day, that flock to modeling agencies. There’s a reason for the song, “I Want to Be a Supermodel.”
Yet, America is bringing in 1,000 foreign models, each year, on H1-B visas, which are supposed to be for those with special talents, unfound among American citizens.
So, what was that the President was saying about the “work Americans won’t do”? More like work Americans will do, but aren’t being given the chance.
High-fashion models, meat-packers, or computer programmers, amnesty won’t help that. It will only make it worse.

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14 Responses

Um, am I the only one who has absolutely no problem with legislation for importing hot girls?
I’ve been to Medellin and I can tell you Colombia’s economic problems would end tomorrow if they could only export those luscious paisas as a commodity.
Sorry Debbie, you’re the best but I have to disagree on this one.

Golden Boy on February 5, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Doing the Work “Americans Just Won’t Do”…..
And it looks like she’s doing it without underpants!

Stealthkix on February 5, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Call me cynical, but I have a sneaking suspicion that one of the reasons the agencies prefer foreigners is that they won’t protest about abusive labor practices – such as sexual harassment, too-long hours, mandatory after-hours work entertaining clients, etc.

Linda F on February 5, 2007 at 6:14 pm

“American fashion models are getting passed over for foreign ones!!”
So? Does anyone really care about this?
Even if this were a big deal, I still haven’t seen a worthwhile argument on this website for why businesses should be told by the government which people who are in the country legally they can and can’t hire.
I agree with you on a lot of stuff, Debbie, but every time you bring up this argument against companies hiring people who are in this country *legally*, I can’t help but be thankful that people who share in your viewpoint didn’t have the power 70 years ago to force companies to hire “real Americans” over my dirt-poor Jewish grandparents (though plenty of companies were more than willing to do it on their own). Any immigrants who are here legally, who have gone through the system, should be free to compete on the same level as you or me.

Dan on February 5, 2007 at 6:48 pm

I don’t remember the name of the fashion photographer/author of “Models” but he described them perfectly as, “silly cows”. It’s true, many of these women are as dumb as a box of rocks. Great to look at but boring beyond belief. I went out with a few when I was younger- picture a beautiful women with a cow brain, really, it’s not a cliche, empty like the hallway in an abandoned building. A friend of mine is a pulitzer prize winning author, he said to me, “Do you remember talking to that Supermodel?” Actually, no. My hangover was more interesting. The fact that they are attracted to “the Donald” makes my case.

code7 on February 5, 2007 at 8:03 pm

OK! I take it back, any chick in that dress named Bianca can have me anyday. I’m SOOOO weak!

code7 on February 5, 2007 at 8:05 pm

I agree with Debbie and you would too if you were loosing out to legal immigrants. They wouldn’t be here if our immigration policies were different.
For example, if we had limited immigration instead of this run away train we are presently dealing with, miss Gomez would probably have a job. Why wouldn’t she, just look at her, she’s beautiful and I’m sure hard working.
My sister in-law’s brother is a brick layer in Memphis and is not able to find jobs. Take a wild guess why he can’t find jobs. The illegal immigrants are underbidding the jobs and getting them. They can afford it. They probably have their medical covered as well as their children’s schooling(courtesy of all us suckers, American tax payers). And THEY DO NOT HAVE TO PAY TAXES!!! IMAGINE THE SAVINGS!!!

Theawakenedone on February 5, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Debbie I agree, our models really deserve protectionist trade policies. The NBA and MLB should ban foreigners too. Maybe that way I could play. And men should’t be allowed to import mail order brides more attractive than themselves.

Anonymous1 on February 5, 2007 at 8:45 pm

I agree with Golden Boy. Any hot Latin chick needing work can call me for work around Casa Le_Man.

The_Man on February 5, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Dumping labor, both illegal and legal, on the job market isn’t about filling a demand as Debbie Piece shows. Those jobs are easily filled with with the people we already have. It’s about driving down wages or turning up the work hours.
And if you think you’re in a job that is insulated from such dumping, think again.
The indirect effect simply ripples through as closely related jobs drive down each other’s wages. And guess what, nearly all jobs are link in the six degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way. Fast Food Managers getting paid less means Home Depot Manager can get paid less. Home Depot managers getting paid less means Regional Manager gets paid less, …
The direct effect goes like this. I’m in an jobs sector that get dumped on heavily. When it sucks bad enough, I’m going to be coming for your job. I might get it or I might not. Just the fact I’m coming for it means your boss can feel a little safer holding back that pay increase or asking to work a few more weekends.
And some of you don’t work for anyone. But you have something called customers. Well your customers are getting their wages pressured down. Do you think you will be able to keep charging what your charge? Government worker? Do you think the taxpayers have bottomless pockets?
Sorry labor dumping affects everyone except those at the top who are looking to make a short term buck.
I might sound like a neo-marxist, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Neo-marxists are perfectly fine with what is happening. First they feel we should bleed our undeserved wealth into the rest of the world. Second, as wages and working conditions suck more and more, their followers increase. At some point on the way to becoming wage competitive with China, it will be the perfect time to surge a socialist or communist movement.

jpm100 on February 5, 2007 at 11:35 pm

If everyone is making less money, then the price of goods will also have to go down, as you said. In such a case, there’d be some delay between wages going down and prices going down, but the answer to that is just to save your money.
That’s assuming that what you’re claiming is actually happening, which I haven’t seen any evidence of. But either way, what’s so bad about both wages and cost of living going down? You’re still getting the same amount of stuff in the end.

Dan on February 6, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Well Ms. Gomez was born in the USA, so she is not an immigrant, she is an American. What the article was saying is that American (born) models can’t hardly get any jobs in the modeling business . Because of various reasons, the influx of International models from Russia, Brazil, Europe. Not only do they make harder for an American model to get decent money, but make it nearly impossible for her to get jobs, because they will take a lot less, and there are so many of them. See how that works.

waterhouse2007 on February 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm

i love it how the cards have turned and now is american getting picked up for work, will work for small fees, eager.

waterhouse2007 on February 7, 2007 at 12:39 pm

I like to become amodel that is been published in internate.
what is your name and how did you start modeling.

olaye on August 3, 2010 at 5:20 am

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