A couple of you have contacted me asking about the welfare of the models. To my knowledge daily life is about the same. Just now, full of worry.
The Ukraine economy is hurting. Their currency is in very bad shape. Today it was $.10 on the US Dollar. The country has some staggering debt with no way to pay it, and they are running out of foreign currency.
There are some good indicators. Bad for us, but good in the short term for Ukraine... the cost of grain is going up. Also, Russia is taking a beating in the markets. Losing Billions just today.
I am planning my next trip to the Ukraine as we speak. (Which my family is not thrilled about...)
But after speaking to some expats in Ukraine, my friends in Ukraine and a few models... it is worth it.
If any of you want to help, contact me. Any contribution you make will be spent 100% into the Ukraine economy. And I can probably even see if close to 100% of it goes into a model's pocket.
If you want to help the Ukraine economy in a small way, contact me. bencook2 (-at-) g m a i l .com
We will work out an individual plan for you to put some money, no matter how small, into Ukraine's economy. Where possible I will provide receipts and proof of payment to you.
Yes... this will also help me. The costs of these trips is very significant. But I am going anyway... so.