Still Lives

The muse for hire at $8.50 an hour: unveiling the naked truths of Houston's art models

I returned to our table.
"The artists validated my existence," Tammy says, "my being here on earth -- and I didn't feel that before. I didn't feel right about even being alive and they said, yeah Tammy, you've got a right to exist, and their artwork showed me I can even celebrate it.

"To be invited into someone's love -- that's what they love to do, their art -- to be invited into that, it's such an honor. Like last night I modeled, and today I'm still thinking, 'How did I get so lucky?'

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