by Valery Amador
Recently, we were contacted by an aspiring model asking if an email she
received from a UK company was in fact legitimate. During her
correspondence with this 'modeling magazine/company', they promised her
a fair wage in exchange for using her photos. In fact, they forwarded
her copies of their magazine covers as proof of their legitimacy.
Imagine our surprise when, within the email correspondence she sent us,
the UK company had in fact included covers of PLUS Model Magazine, as
well as Elegant Plus, as the work they were producing!
We were offended....
We got mad...
It was time to take action...
First of all, we dealt with the scammers quickly and swiftly. Second,
we sent out the word to our viewers that this UK company was not
representing PLUS in any way, shape or form. It was an amazing site as
we watched the word spread like wildfire as models reached out to
models to warn them of this scam. The 'Power of PLUS' was in full-force
on the internet!
Once the dust settled, we realized that the age old 'modeling scam'
business is still alive and well, and in search of victims. Because of
this, we ask for your continued support in saving aspiring models from
companies preying on newbies in search of their 'big break.' It is up
to each of us as stewards for plus modeling to protect and uphold the
standards of this industry.
How can you recognize a scam when you see one? Well, let's first define
the word 'scam'. To PLUS Mode Magazine, a scam is a company
and/or person misrepresenting themselves to aspiring/working models.
This usually involves them accepting a fee for services that are not
required to be a model, and/or are not delivered as promised.
Modeling scams come in many forms and just as you think you have seen
them all, another one pops up. As one is shot down, another comes along
to take its' place.
What are some types of scams?
The internet is a wealth of information, both good and bad. Make sure
to read job postings carefully and check references and the legitimacy
of companies with trusted industry professionals.
Be careful when responding to jobs where they require you to meet in
their hotel room. And yes ladies, this is STILL happening! When
in doubt, grab a friend or family member to accompany you.
Watch you email for opportunities that look 'too good to be true'. And
we have noted that many of these offers have poor spelling and
grammar (not sure why, just a pattern we keep seeing). Do your
homework, check references and play it safe!
Watch for offers from foreign countries. The likelihood that they
cannot find a model worth using in their own country is
ludicrous! Only models represented by legitimate agencies or have
been freelancing and have built up a solid network of legitimate
bookings/companies should consider engaging in work out of the country.
Beware of 'Internet Agencies' and/or 'Online Talent Promoters'. These
companies usually charge some type of monthly/yearly membership fee.
The truth is that a model should work with legitimate agencies where
they have walked into the door and shaken their agent's hand. You must
establish a relationship with your agent, and this cannot be done
There is no fee, paid by the model, to work with a legitimate modeling
agency other then the cost for photo shoots and comp cards. If an
agency is charging a fee to belong/market you, this is a scam!