A question of law: Can an attorney double as a bikini model?

By | August 12, 2014

In today’s business world the dual presence of political correctness and the potential litigiousness of an employee scorned is prevalent everywhere that you look!

This reality has served to make the specialty of employment law now, what real estate law was in the early 2000’s. In other words busy!

In the field of law, where women currently comprise only 17% of the equity partners while they are 47 percent of the associates, 38 percent of counsel, 29 percent of non-equity partners and 64 percent of staff attorneys, what additional scenario could potentially be more problematic for a firm than to have a new attorney on staff who also happens to be employed elsewhere as a bikini model (Statistical source)?

This is exactly the quandary an aspiring attorney and current bikini model finds herself in, where she seeks to find acceptance in these two disparate worlds!

In her own words:

Hi everyone.

Please let me introduce myself. I graduated law school a year ago after receiving an academic scholarship and passed the California Bar last November on my first try.

I am also a model and have had moderate success, building fan base of over 26,000 people where I do mostly bikini promotions.

Does this make me better or worse at my job? According to some people, it makes me unable to be taken “seriously” in the business community.

In fact, two weeks ago, I was reprimanded by a coworker for my online presence and was told to “handle the situation.”

I fought back and was ultimately let off the hook, but this is not the first time that I have faced backlash from colleagues who think that a lawyer should not also get the privilege of “looking hot in a bikini.” I was ostracized at school by several classmates and even shunned by some professors.

Well, it probably doesn’t surprise anyone that I went to law school in a confused period of my life only to find out “hey, this doesn’t really feel right for me” and that I am now seeking an alternate career path that will better suit my lifestyle.

But let me shoot it straight. I do not think that there is anything wrong with a young and attractive girl pursuing a professional career as both an attorney and as a model.

I worked really hard to get through law school and pass the bar, and to ultimately secure a job within the industry I desired to work in. My performance record is stellar, and the only complaint I have yet to receive was based on my social media modeling profiles, which I use to promote my modeling business and persona.

Likewise, I worked really hard to pursue a career in modeling and achieve moderate success. I am professional, don’t shoot anything obscene or pornographic (not that it would be anyone’s business if I did) and overall have displayed a consistent work ethic in the field, working with different management companies, clients and photographers.

Why should I be punished for being good at two different careers?

Whether or not I decide to stay in the legal field, I refuse to compromise my identity and my hard work to conform to some else’s (sexist) idea of what a woman professional should or should not be.

Women should pursue all opportunities presented to them and become the best version of themselves possible, in every arena. That is what I have been doing, and it is what I continue to do throughout my life.

And I am just getting started. (Source)

Is her attempt to bridge the gap between these very different careers possible to do? I suppose that remains to be seen!

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Written by Michael Haltman, President of Hallmark Abstract Service, New York.

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