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to show Win­nipeg just what the art mod­el­ling world is made of. They’re work­ing on a breast can­cer ben­e­fit show; they hold safety sem­i­nars; they ad­vo­cate for healthy wages and in­creased aware­ness of the chal­lenges of pos­ing for an artist’s pen.

“It’s es­sen­tial,” said Win­nipeg artist Robert Sim. “ You need to be fa­mil­iar with what a body looks like, how they move. You can work from pho­to­graphs, but you’ll learn far less about the construction of the body. And then when it comes to con­struct­ing fig­ures out of your imagination ... it will be ex­ceed­ingly dif­fi­cult.”

To help artists mas­ter that un­der­stand­ing, Torchia, McDuff and their peers will ex­plode in goose­bumps in an un­heated stu­dio, twist their bodies into strik­ing poses, and hold still for hours.

They can make any­where from $15 to $40 an hour.

“I would like to see some­one else ac­tively stand or lie in the same po­si­tion for even 15 min­utes without mov­ing or ap­pear­ing dif­fer­ent.” Torchia laughs. “It’s not al­ways an easy job to do.”

The Cana­dian Press

Model Muriel Torchia poses for artist Mar­ley Rae McDuff at the Win­nipeg Art Gallery.

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