As we see a teacher fired over a bikini photo, is this sending the message to kids that modeling is bad?
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the teacher fired over the bikini photo is named Olivia Sprauer, a 26-year-old mother of two from Broward County in Florida. She professionally models under the pseudonym Victoria V. James.
While this teacher was fired over bikini photos, Olivia Sprauer apparently thinks her modeling career is enough to sustain her, since she jokes, “I’m too sexy for my job…Lol…” But she knew the risk when she started modeling:
“Lots of teachers get fired or asked to resign for the same things I did. I knew I didn’t want to come back next year and I knew I wanted to go to grad school so I decided if I made it to the end of the year I would be happy. I felt like it would have been nice for my students to finish out the year with me. They trusted me and they made me happy so that aspect of it was sad.”
Going by Olivia Sprauer’s modeling page for Victoria V. James on Model Mayhem, her photos tend to show poses you might expect from Kate Upton. The focus tends to be on modeling lingerie and bikinis, which is about the same as what your kids might see if you walk by Victoria’s Secret in the mall.
Except for perhaps two lingerie photos, there’s nothing explicit or anything that could be construed as purposefully pornographic. Although, a quick Google search turns up photos a little more risque and now that she’s no longer a teacher Olivia Sprauer is already saying she wouldn’t mind posing fully nude.
The issue of teachers being fired for modeling photos could be taken several ways. Olivia Sprauer didn’t exactly advertise her moonlighting as Victoria V. James, so it’s not like she expressed any danger as a teacher to impressionable children. But it could be argued that now her secret is out of the bag the children may have trouble taking her seriously.
So is the message we should take from this is that any type of modeling featuring partial nudity is inherently bad? My own wife has done modeling in the past. One of my friends is Florida model Kayla Boles, who makes a living doing bikini photo shoots. Does this make them unfit to be a teacher if they chose to pursue that career?
Do you think it’s fair this teacher was fired over a bikini photo?
Yes, I do nudes.My limitations have changed since deciding not to return to teach high school.
— Victoria James (@VictoriaVJames) May 8, 2013
[Image from Victor V. James Facebook page]