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TheOuroborus
It's NOT paranoia if they really R out to get U.
10:26 AM on 12/01/2010
It's still more than what 2 laid off public school teachers would have made in an entire year. Boo hoo hoo.
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TheOuroborus
It's NOT paranoia if they really R out to get U.
10:24 AM on 12/01/2010
And 50 cents.
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10:19 AM on 12/01/2010
There are some misconceptions by readers in the comments. She didn't work 18 days - she billed her clients 18 separate times - those large payments are for multi-day bookings. But that's beside the point. It's obscene that this agency is charging 5% interest to loan their models money they have taken more than a year to collect. The 20% agency fee is not only for representation and marketing, but ALSO collection from the clients. Another interesting charge is the car fees - when you are hired by a company, regardless of the business, your travel expenses are refunded. Heck - I know of no other business which charges their employees for business cards that the company must approve, which is in essence what a comp is.

A change from my day in the business is the deduction of taxes - agencies didn't do that when I worked. It would have saved me a hell of a headache if they had.
10:00 AM on 12/01/2010
As a photographer, and many years a photo assistant on fashion shoots, I can tell you all things considered, modeling is one of the easiest gigs out there. Sure it takes some work, but how many years of college or on the job training did it take to show up on that photo shoot? Most models have never worked regular jobs, so they think that taking care of themselves and showing up on time and having a good attitude is in itself work. It's actually what everyone else does....while they are working!
01:03 PM on 12/01/2010
Its easy to assume something when you havent experienced it yourself. Yes, there are more difficult jobs out there but Modeling is no cakewalk.
Try staring at a reflector and keeping your eyes open for hours, walking in high heels down a slippery runway while trying not to break your neck, or getting screamed at over and over to change your measurements or work faster.
I am not a model... but I am very familiar with the industry. It doesn't hurt to keep your mouth closed unless you experience something first hand.
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ecotorium
02:31 PM on 12/01/2010
oh, you're not a model? you shouldn't comment on something unless you experience it first hand.
02:45 PM on 12/02/2010
Having stared at countless flashes going off in my face, injuring my back carrying heavy cases, getting screamed at for just about anything, never once being even 5 min late, having to dress "hip" to fit in while models show up in sweats.I am very familiar with the industry, so please refrain from thinking that what models do is so different or so much harder than what anyone else does. Difference is, most others have to train and spend thousands of dollars to get a career going, and if we're lucky we'll get paid a fraction of what the models make.
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ARandomGuy
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10:00 AM on 12/01/2010
Meh it sucks you are being taken advantage of but you could get a real job in the mean time.
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09:53 AM on 12/01/2010
Righteous Bucks for work that requires no brain power, skill, ability or physical labor.

Just walk or sit around all day looking good.
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11:10 AM on 12/01/2010
It's like Wall Street jobs!
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02:14 PM on 12/01/2010
I agree with the brain power but not the other stuff. You can spot the difference between a pro and an amateur a mile away which is completely attributable to skill and ability and there can be much physical labor involved in some modeling work (staying in shape aside).
ItsGettingWeird
(or is it just me?)
09:39 AM on 12/01/2010
Glam scam.

Next, Inc has rigged this to exploit their models' ambitions and the competitive nature of the industry. The company I work for cannot withhold my pay just because it hasn't pursued its receivables. Maybe its different in the modeling industry, just depends on their employment contracts, I suppose.

I feel the sudden urge to find a restroom and vomit.
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Cole 33
Careful. We don't want to learn from this.
09:45 AM on 12/01/2010
Models aren't employed by their agencies, they are just represented, they are employed by the the companies they are modeling for. some agencies do front a lot of money for a model to get them started, get them promoted, and that is usually something a model has to pay back.

there is def some exploitation going on though
09:38 AM on 12/01/2010
Modeling is a tough business...for the models, that is. And I'm not talking about the real hazards of wearing incredibly high heels.

First of all, only a very tiny percentage of the general population has the physical attributes necessary for most modeling jobs. Lots of us might be pretty enough, but the fashion industry currently prefers girls and women 5'10" to 6'3". That's maybe 2-3% of the population.

Secondly, small market models --- translated = outside New York City, at least in the US---really don't make much per job. Note that was $250 , not $250K. And then...a model must book a bunch of those jobs to be able to make a living from modeling. Most have day jobs.

Most jobs are also for models who are in their late teens and early twenties---or who can look that way for a few years past that stage. How many people do we know who are 30 can pass for a very thin, near-pre-pubescent19? Yes, a rare handful of people 5'11" can achieve and sustain a size 3, 120 lbs without really trying. But most of us must harm our health to do it.

And then lastly---models must navigate around the plethora total rip-off, con-artist companies set up solely to suck money out of the naive and deluded. Companies which make this "Next Management" look like charities.

Make no mistake; modeling's a tough business any way you cut it.
10:10 AM on 12/01/2010
The reality is that it isn't really a "business" per se. As you correctly say, 97% of success is in your genes. Absolutely no one can decide to be a model, even a mid level one, if it isn't in their bones. But the point is, for successful models, how hard is it to make an equal amount of pay in any other profession, regardless of age? Clearing 100k after taxes and commissions in any line of work takes years of dedication, training, critique, groveling through lower pay positions, competition, talent, investment....that is what "tough business" means.
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11:12 AM on 12/01/2010
Or having a rich daddy, who nabs you a job on Wall Street.
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Blaq Ninja
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10:43 AM on 12/01/2010
I agree with you 100%!! If was so easy everyone would be doing it. Regardsless of what ppl think of models just having a pretty face, it's still a job that you must work to pay your bills.
09:26 AM on 12/01/2010
Is not that glam after all:) They are working hard and it's quite demanding, but there are always situations behind the scene that we are not aware of and it makes you think, of all the pressures these girls have? To stay thin and fit, to travel, to look rested, to walk properly, to give proper interviews and so on..
http://celebs911.com/2010/11/17/princess-dianas-message-to-prince-william-on-his-engagement/
09:24 AM on 12/01/2010
Crazy that they take taxes out up front. Shouldn't they get paid as contractors and do their own taxes.

But really, I'm sure all that tax comes back in deductions after a accountant gets through it.
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The Dude67
Authority is not the truth, truth is the authority
09:20 AM on 12/01/2010
I love it, the federal government gets nearly twice what her agent gets.  That makes a lot of sense. 

Anyone who doesn't think slavery is alive and well in the 21st Century simply is not paying attention.
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Cole 33
Careful. We don't want to learn from this.
09:48 AM on 12/01/2010
I know and she still came home with 86k straight cash for 20 working gigs.... awesome
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11:15 AM on 12/01/2010
Just because a company takes out taxes, it not what the person owes. They come back as a refund.

The company does it because they can use the money as a float. They should take nothing out, and let the models (contractors) pay on their own.
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The Dude67
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12:48 PM on 12/01/2010
Companies cannot keep tax withholding as a float - who ever gave you that idea?  That goes straight to the feds.  Maybe they get it for a few days, but that's not enough incentive. 

They do it because they are compelled by the government to act as tax collection agents through the power of the IRS code which is supported by essentially nothing more than collective obstruction by the courts.
08:57 AM on 12/01/2010
The agency is ripping her off, this is clear. Everything deduced and the unrealized balance in the end is pretty unfair (bar taxes obviously).

However, in the grand scheme of things, she's working about 18 days a year so... to me, even if she got half of her 'unavailable balance' which is about 45 Grand, that's pretty damn good in 18 days. Not saying modelling is easy, but 18 days? Nobody should be complaining seeing that kind of money in 18 days.
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gemini68
09:14 AM on 12/01/2010
"However, in the grand scheme of things, she's working about 18 days a year so" As someone who used to model I can tell you you are grossly incorrect. Models often work 5-6 days a week and photo shoots can last more ten hours. Factor in fashion week where they are usually booked to do shows back to back (that can be anywhere from 2- 5 shows in a day). I don't quite get where you get the idea that modeling is only a few days a month. Those are usually for models who are doing it part-time. Not for models where this is their career.
01:45 PM on 12/01/2010
Perhaps i didn't articulate it correctly, my point wasn't set out as I wanted. I clearly said 18 days you're right, perhaps it was unfair, but I only based it off of the PDF by HuffPo.

But, again, in the grand scheme of things she's making good money for someone who isn't bound to the "monday to friday" rhetoric with only "2-3 weeks off in the year." I'm pretty sure a lot of us work more hours than a full-time model, perhaps you'd be surprised how much people aren't bound to the usual 9-5 (if that even exists anymore), maybe you're one of us?

I work many days over 10 hours too, and I dont make 89 grand a year *net*, and this is a University graduate in the Oil industry. You can twist this anyway shape or form, but the point is, I don't see why there is huge sympathy for this. She chose to do this line of work - it sucks she is getting screwed but that seems like an industry thing, she should've been aware of this too, and much like everyone else should have a back-up plans if something goes wrong. Similar to pro athletes who go into their job knowing they can get injured at any moment. Where is the sympathy for them? Where are their articles? Oh wait, they are the overpaid ones... *sarcasm*
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The Dude67
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09:22 AM on 12/01/2010
Exactly... bar taxes - who exactly is ripping her (and everyone else) off?

I do have to admit the federal government does provide valuable services like trying to turn my kids into Skinnerian lap dogs and treating me to a full physical if I choose to board a domestic flight.  I suppose that is worth 25% of my earnings off the top!  :  )
09:38 AM on 12/01/2010
Dude, how about all the good things the government does, or are you too indignant that doing so is above you?

I agree, the TSAs policies are overboard, but do you honestly believe the public school system is that horrible? If so, I feel sorry for your district.
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playsindirt
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08:55 AM on 12/01/2010
I appreciate the fact that their agency is overpaid for their representation but let's not lose site of the fact that they get paid to be pretty and get to fly all over the world doing it. Does that justify them getting ripped off? No. But the benefits of their careers go beyond the paycheck.
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gemini68
09:16 AM on 12/01/2010
That's usually true of anyone making more than $200,000 a year with the exception of doctors. When you consider how much our society values physical beauty and the lengths people go to to attain it its no wonder that models are so highly valued. But that says more about us as a culture than models themselves.
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playsindirt
So much dirt, so little time.
09:33 AM on 12/01/2010
True, but beauty has always been prized.
08:16 AM on 12/05/2010
What benefits? Some models don't get to see any payment for their work. Their agencies take every penny for "expenses" whether the expenses are real or not. Flying all over the world? Models don't get to fly for free. If they get booked by Vogue or other magazines, they have to pay for the flight themselves, including hotel room, drivers, and food expenses when they get to America for a photo shoot.

Here's a really interesting thread about models and their salaries. Take note that not every model is like the model in this article, and that there are more models who hardly make any money than those who earn millions of dollars a year.

http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f90/how-much-do-models-get-paid-general-read-post-1-thread-rules-59674.html
08:49 AM on 12/01/2010
Even pretty girls get ripped off. Not if she were my girl friend.
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scholasticus
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08:33 AM on 12/01/2010
I assume they live in NYC, which is the most expensive city in the USA. A two bedroom apartment in Harlem will set you back $400,000.
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gemini68
09:19 AM on 12/01/2010
Yes, they do as that is where Next is located.