These women work in a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry, pay for their own uniforms/hair/makeup, make minimum wage or sometimes less, and suffer workplace injuries.
Here is Caitlin Ferrari’s story as told to Bloomberg Businessweek. She’s from Rochester NY and grew up a Buffalo Bills fan. The instructor at her dance studio was a “Jill”, ie, a Buffalo Bills cheerleader, which is how, at 18, she ended up auditioning for the team.
After 2 weeks of auditions and a last interview, she was given a contract to sign that said she would not be paid—for games, for 2 times a week practices or other appearances.
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