I figured out someone should post Venus Angelic's review of her work with Bodyline here. I don't hate Bodyline, in facts it's a pretty useful shop, but after that I might just stop buying from them.
We all now that Bodyline's model contest is a little bit shady, and we had quite a few strikes when Yoshiko (former model) had to report Bodyline for not sending her things back when she had to stop working because of health problem. But apparently they are worse than we tought.
So discussion about Bodyline.
Should we warn beginners against them ? Should we boycott ? Should we just don't react ?
In my opinion, Venus reacted in a clever way, but if it were something youger/not used to this kind of attention, it could have been way worse.
This story has put me off, it's really don't make me want to buy from them anymore, I would not like to support such a business. What about you ?
Edit : (please understand that this is my very own opinion, based on my experience, and that as english is not my first language some things may be not that clear).
My own opinion is that yes, Venus shouldn't have gone to Japan, but she gains her life being e-famous and she needed publicity. It's a job like another, even tought it's more prone to throw you in bad situation. BUT we need to thing again about Venus, as wise as she seems is 16. Her mother shouldn't have let her go to Japan, but Bodyline should have organize something better. She was incomfortable, harrassed (yes because openly asking repetetivly to a young girl about marriage and her type of men even tought you are here to work is harrassment), plus she had some really bad work conditions (12h a day with an 30min lunch breack ?), especially for someone this young. Seing that Bodyline didn't pay her (it must have been in her contract and I'm ok with it because they apparently paied for everything she needed there + plane ticket) made me think it's because of visa problems. Foreigner aren't allowed to work more than 8 hours a day if I rememeber well, so was she in a way illegal ? She could have really been endangered if she wasn't clever enought to react (didn't Yoshiko apparently had her passeport taken by Bodyline ?). Mr Yan is chinese, the woman who work for him also for sure, and I don't know about the fisher. So are they all illegal (in the way they work) ? Why can't she name them by their real name, because it's obviously some fake ones !
I know that in fashion industry, bad photo, lot of work, creepy places and people happens, but that's not the point. The point is : do we agree with that ? Is that okay Bodyline still harass and disrepect their own employes ? Because we can't do anything about bigger compagnies, but Bodyline is mostly targeted on lolita for the international market (and cosplay in Japan), we are the customer and we have the right to know how Bodyline works. I will not try and discourage people to buy from them, because it's a pretty good shop and it's really useful/cheap, but people must be aware that cheap often equal bad work conditions. I personnally try to not support that kind of businness, in and out of lolita, so I will in the future be even more wary about buying from them for my own clothes.
The video got deleted by Mr Yan, someone linked me a copy : http://vimeo.com/82477325