Maxim model Tiffany Stanley talks dealing with sexual harassment of photographers in Hollywood

Former Miss Universe Ireland Tiffany Stanley says models need to be more careful in Hollywood.

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Tiffany Stanley was a well-known name in her native Ireland as a pageant girl, but was willing to leave behind everything she has ever known for a new life in Hollywood.

The requested model has since appeared on the pages of Esquire, GQ and Maxim, as well as the attention of Sports Illustrated, with her barely-there bathing suits, but the former beauty queen pushed her way to success as a coveted pinup is anything but easy.

Fox News spoke with Stanley about her journey to Hollywood, dealing with bullying and how she deals with all the DMs of the athletes.

Fox News: How did you end up competing for the Miss Universe Ireland in 2010?
Tiffany Stanley: As a little girl, all I wanted was a model. I was very glamorous, I loved hair and make-up. But the first modeling agency I went to rejected me because they said I was too short and too twisty. Back in those days, it [was] about the fact that super thin.

Tiffany Stanley was a pageant queen in her native Ireland before she was a sought-after model.

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I thought that I would never have a chance at this, so I went to the parades. I went to the Miss Universe Ireland… It was good for my confidence, because I don’t think that I was able to do it. I was just not what the industry wanted at the time. And from there I just booked a lot. I was in a corporate job, I had just finished college. So after the finale, everything is starting to take off. I gave up the corporate job and went on the modeling path full-time.

Fox News: Women in Hollywood are coming forward with stories of violence. Are you ever worried about having to deal with sexual harassment at work?
Stanley: Yes. Unfortunately, it is true. You can on a shoot, and a certain photographer – you can just feel the energy change. You can feel a certain sexual tension in the air. Not every photographer, but there are a number of. I’m not going to lie, in LA, there are a number of photographers that do take advantage of the girls. Some of my friends, they are in situations where the photographer is trying to get them to drink straight alcohol, and encourage them to do more daring shots than they had.

I would advise all the young girls get in this business to be very aware of and not to drink on shoots because you don’t want the situation getting out of hand. You should really be confident, be direct and be in all matters. Set your time for the shoot, leave on time and even bring a friend. There are ways to avoid it. You can certainly still work in the industry and just avoid these situations if you are thinking ahead.

Tiffany Stanley has found fame as a Maxim cover girl.

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Fox News: Why did you let behind Ireland for Hollywood in 2014?
Stanley: I grew up in a small village and the nearest store is like a five-mile drive. It was just a remote farm in the city. So for me to come from a village in the lifestyle to LA was a culture shock. But I remember one day at home and book my ticket to LA. I remember so nervous, because I had no friends. Not one. I didn’t know anyone. But I remember sitting on the plane thinking, “You have to try this.” It was a mixture of nerves, scared, and overwhelmed. I have never been in a city of this size.

Fox News: Can we expect a collaboration with Sports Illustrated?
Stanley: Yes, I hope so! We hope to work in the direction of that. That is one of my main goals. I have recommended it to Maxim covers, GQ. So I’ve been busy, but Sport is Shown on the top of my list.

Tiffany Stanley is seen on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit website and hopes to join them soon.

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Fox News: How was the shooting of your Maxim cover last year?
Stanley: The photo shoot took about two hours. We changed into bikinis maybe three or four times… It was a six page, with the cover shot. That was really a great opportunity. It is very difficult to land the cover of a magazine these days, because there is so much competition. I was so excited to see my photo on the cover, because I’m a huge fan of Maxim.

I’ve been at Maxim Australia, but see my first cover for Maxim-Africa was really a turning point for me. Especially when I was told years ago that I would never make it as a model. So to get featured in Sports Illustrated, GQ and Maxim, as I told in my country that I would not make it, because I was too short, it was great. If you work hard and invest in what you are doing and focus on a goal, you can achieve anything. For me it was a special moment.

Fox News: It’s been reported a lot of celebrities, especially athletes, like to send you DMs on Instagram.
Stanley: God, they are so many that come through on Instagram and Snapchat. Guys will just be like, “Hey, do you want to come see me in Chicago” or where their team is based. In my head I’m like, “I have never met. I’m not going to hop on a plane somewhere.” There is thousands of messages that come in every day, and it is difficult to open them. I can’t read all of them, but all kinds of things to come.


I also get a lot of inappropriate photos, but not from celebrities or people you might know. Of course they would not do that. But a lot of fans try to get my attention by sending a very, very inappropriate pictures. I sometimes respond to the nice people who are sweet… but I generally don’t have the time, because there are literally thousands of different messages. It is difficult to keep up with everything.

Tiffany Stanley says that the model requires a constant hard work and effort to always look good.

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