This morning I’m sure you excepted to read the final conclusion to the August round of Flora’s Fashion Contest, but unfortunately I will no longer be covering that event. It has come to my attention that the monthly styling contest is dishonest and I will not promote anything that could taint my reputation. I am greatly sadden and very upset by the actions of the owner, Flora Raven.
This is the first time in my life (real life or second life) that I will not complete a job because of my ethical stand. This decision could harm me grealty in the SL modeling world, however after much pondering, my readers need to know the truth, or at least my experience.
I am new to the modeling world and have very little experience. I only enter contests for the fun and artistic expression. I’m not motivated by money or fame. When I entered and won the July round of FFc, I was very excited and proud of myself as a stylist on the grid. The challenges were extremely difficult and the extra added pressure of time played its role.
Flora approached me during the contest about blogging for her. At the time, I was concerned with conflict of interest, but Ms. Raven assured me that it wouldn’t be a problem. After the three grueling days of styling and winning, Flora asked me a few days after the contest ended, if I would be the “official blogger” for FFc. I was honored and wanted to expand the social media presence of FFc and my own blog. Within two seconds of me agreeing to blog FFc, Flora asked if I “tipped FFc yet?” This is completely embarrassing, but I had no idea what to say or do. Her insistence and pushy behavior was bullying. My modeling mentor was out-of-town and I had no one to ask for advice. So, I gave Flora part of my winnings back. I felt victimized. I never told anyone because it was so humiliating. I hoped we could get past this and I could build my career in SL as a journalist.
Why am I telling you, my readers, this story now? I was approached by two different people wanting to know if Flora asked me to return part of my winnings “as a tip.” I was sure since the two people were not connected that this embarrassing incident was becoming gossip and my reputation was being soiled. I wanted my readers to know the truth. And, I don’t want this to happen to another unsuspecting person; model, stylist, designer or whoever.
As far as I know, all the judges, designers, sponsors, and the hostess are honest people. At no time has anyone in the team treated the contestants or fellow team members in an unprofessional manner with the exception of Flora Raven. On a personal level, Ms. Raven is constantly demeaning, rude and insulting to me. Her actions are strictly self-motived.
To my readers and friends, I look forward to happier days. I will always be truthful to you. I will not be as trusting or foolish. I will never promote unethical behavior. I’m sorry I disappointed you because so many of you have styling abilities and a love for fashion. I feel terrible that I led you down a dark alley. I’m greatly sorry.