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Illustration of a Booker by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Turf Shifts Modeling World

By Dana Feeney

The modeling industry has two very different faces. One side are supermodels, like Gigi and Bella Hadid, glamorously modeling, making millions of dollars, and traveling the world. The other are the unknown models working job to job, facing exploitation and manipulation by their agencies and clients, and trying to make their name in the industry. The mistreatment of models is as old as the industry itself. Skinny, cis, and white models experience this brutal reality. Working as a model is only worse for people of color [POC], LGBTQA+, and immigrants because of the lack of transparency or regulation and rampant misconduct.

New Players

The current push for diversity and inclusion has caused a much higher demand for POC, and LGBTQA+ models with different body types. In recent months, a few new players in the game are building their reputations on accountability and proper treatment of the models and creatives they represent. Three small agencies and one superpower are disrupting the model representation world: New Pandemics, Zandwagon, Community New York, and film and television power player Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
The way modeling deals traditionally work is that a model signs to an agency, such as Next Models, Ford Models, IMG Models, or Wilhelmina Models. The agency provides its models with certain services such as housing, transportation, portfolio shoots, and more. In most cases, anything an agency provides for a model they have to pay back to the agency, often at a high-interest rate. The interest rate means the longer they take to pay it back, the more they owe to the agency.

Although models sign contracts to agencies, they are not considered employees of those agencies and instead are independent contractors who the agency aids in booking jobs. The agencies do not keep models on their payroll. They do control the money that the models earn on a job and how their money models earn is distributed. Bad payment practices reach far beyond the agencies. The agencies are responsible for billing the client right after the model completes their job. Payment for jobs by agencies to their models is notoriously sketchy because clients are not required to pay upfront before shoots and can legally take up to 90 days to settle up. Most agencies take at least a 20% fee out of any money their models make and charge clients a “booking fee,” so for a $1000 job, they would charge $1200 but only pay the model $800. Worst of all, if a client does not pay the agency for work a model did, the agency does not owe the model the money they earned. The common practice in the industry is that the model only gets paid if the agency gets paid.

The film and television management world contrasts the modeling world in many ways. The modeling industry as a whole is riddled with misconduct, manipulation, and poor treatment of models by their agencies and brands. Many modeling agencies use contracts that include fees and costs they can pull out of the model paychecks and use debt, housing, and visas to keep their models dependent.

Agencies in other media such as film, only make money if their clients make money. In film, the percentage is around 10% because of unions. Although, none of these industries are flawless especially considering scandals in the film and tv world with predators like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.
Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has a long history of representing talents across film, tv, music, and more. In August of 2020, CAA announced their partnership with KCD Worldwide, a fashion services agency, which signaled CAA’s entrance into fashion model management for the first time in the agency’s history. CAA has a strong legacy of representing high-profile individuals and building their careers. They have also stated that they only take a 10% fee out of their models’ earnings, half of the general standard of 20%. Despite their claims for better treatment of models, CAA is not blemish-free when it comes to allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct. Multiple former CAA agents have faced lawsuits.

Additionally, CAA has previously represented multiple people accused of misconduct, including Shia LaBeouf, Chris D’Elia, and Marilyn Mason; all of whom are no longer represented by CAA.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the smaller boutique agencies mentioned earlier, New Pandemics, Zandwagon, and Community New York. New Pandemics is “a casting and management agency dedicated to increasing LBGTQ+ visibility.”

Zandwagon is “a talent management company that could guide everyday life individuals who are breaking beauty standards daily” according to their website. Community New York is run by Butterfly Cayley, Moe Lamstein, and Richie Keoall, three first-generation immigrants from Laos, and “is founded on inclusivity and progressive values by changing not only the style but the very structure of management.” Cayley, Lamstein, and Keoall have impressive experience at agencies including DNA and Elite Model Management. Community New York now represents stars such as Hunter Schafer, who is well known for her work on the hit HBO show “Euphoria” and is now a brand ambassador for Shiseido.

With small diversity forward agencies up and coming, the existing modeling industry is under attack from all sides. All three of these agencies emphasize how much they value representation and inclusivity in this industry that has avoided breaking societal beauty standards for so long. They also claim they will be different from other agencies and provide better treatment for their clients. These agencies are sending the message that you’re either with them or against them, and they’re willing to think outside of the box to get proper treatment and equity for models from all walks of life.

Same Old Problems

Many of the biggest fashion houses in the world are still reckoning with the #MeToo movement. The fashion industry is known as a highly predatory business. Many of even the largest names in modeling have had to survive people abusing their power on sets and behind the scenes to become who they are. Household names, such as Kate Upton, Coco Rocha, and Cameron Russel, have all spoken out about their experiences with the abuse they’ve experienced while working as models.

Kate Upton spoke out against Paul Marciano in 2018, which led to a total of $500,000 in settlement agreements involving five individuals. He has remained an active participant at GUESS as a board member and chief creative officer, despite resigning from his position as an executive. At the beginning of February, the news broke that Marciano is once again being sued over sexual assault allegations by a woman who has chosen to remain anonymous. The allegations against Marciano are not an isolated incident. Similarly, allegations were brought against Alexander Wang in December of 2020 but began as early as 2017, yet some still chose his side despite the overwhelming corroboration of multiple individuals. If the word of a woman as successful as Kate Upton is not enough to oust a predator from power, it’s unclear what realistically can protect vulnerable individuals with less acclaim from the same experiences or worse.

The silver lining of these allegations coming to light is the industry supporting the individuals coming forward more than ever before. In the past, many models lost their careers before they had even begun due to the actions of predators and the mechanisms powerful people use to silence their victims. Accounts such as @shitmodelmgmt and @dietprada have been using their online platforms to expose predators and condemn their actions openly across Instagram and Twitter. Additionally, the Model Alliance, an organization dedicated to giving models a voice in their work, has also spoken out against Wang on their Instagram saying, “We stand with David Casavant, Owen Mooney, Gia Garison, and all the accusers of @alexanderwangny in their pursuit towards justice.”

The upheaval that began in 2006 with survivor and activist Tarana Burke’s creation of the #MeToo movement has continued into 2021. Slowly but surely survivors are taking their power back and pushing to create real change in media industries that have exploited them for far too long.

Illustration of models by Rita Azar for 360 Magazine

Pia Mia illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Pia Mia – Hot

Fresh off the TikTok resurgence of her smash hit “Do It Again,” which spawned more than 5 million videos created and 500 million views on TikTok, in addition to inspiring a dance challenge between Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, platinum- certified recording artist and actress Pia Mia drops a brand new single entitled “Hot” today.

On the track, handclaps skate through skittering keys as the verses bounce into a steamy, slick, and sexy hook. Teetering back and forth between turn-of-the-century R&B and rapid-fire future pop, Pia Mia turns up the summer temperature as she urges, “You better make it real hot!” Be on the lookout for an equally seductive music video—set to premiere soon.

This past May, Pia Mia offered fans a preview of forthcoming music under her newly signed label deal with Electric Feel Entertainment and Republic Records with the release of “Princess”– read more here via Billboard.  Upon arrival, “Princess” earned early tastemaker praise, with PAPER claiming, “the star has returned with the bombastic, R&B-influenced pop track…”Princess is a fun and frisky club anthem.” Idolator declared it “An empowering banger…It’s catchy, upbeat and just a little outrageous,” while Atwood Magazine claimed, “her latest single “Princess” serves as a testament to her ability to create real party jams — with a deeper lyrical layer underneath.” The Honey Pot put it best by serving up “5 Reasons Why You Should Stan Pia Mia.”  Since it’s release, “Princess” has amassed over 3 million global streams and counting.

What’s more, Pia Mia has also released the first few chapters of her first fictional book, The Princess Diaries: Sand, Glitter, Silicone on Wattpad – the global entertainment company and world’s leading social storytelling platform. Pia Mia takes readers through the life of a young pop star named Princess as she navigates life, love, family, and fame. Each week, Pia Mia uploads a new chapter for the community, sharing stories from her heart, flashes of her life and her deepest fantasies. 

At just 23 years old, Pia Mia has cemented herself as a formidable star with a hand in multiple corners of entertainment. A critically acclaimed recording artist with hits like “Do It Again” which recently saw a resurgence on TikTok, and “Bitter Love” under her belt, Pia Mia is approaching 1 Billion streams worldwide; and has collaborated with everyone from Chris Brown and Tyga to YG. She made her acting debut in 2019’s award-winning feature film After, based on Anna Todd’s wildly popular YA book series. On the fashion front, Pia Mia’s unique sense of style has landed her in publications such as Vogue, Paper Magazine and Nylon; and has made her an enviable partner for such brands as Guess, Bebe and Macy’s Material Girl, the latter for which she was handpicked by Madonna to serve as the clothing line’s first-ever fashion director.

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GUESS Vibras by J Balvin

Last night, Friday, February 8th, celebrities, musicians, social influencers and special guests came together to raise a glass and celebrate ‘GUESS Vibras,’ an exclusive collection designed by global music superstar, J Balvin.

 

The launch party took place at a massive warehouse in Hollywood ahead of J Balvin’s appearance in the opening segment of Sunday’s Grammy Awards broadcast, where he is also nominated for “Record of the Year” for his collaboration on Cardi B’s “I Like it”. To bring the collection’s vibrant Miami inspirations to life, the space was infused with bright, colorful moments to also reflect his mantra for the the capsule, “nice energy, nice vibras, just smile and that’s what we need, all love.”

 

Guests enjoyed upbeat party vibes as they were able to dance, visit a custom snow cone station or play ice hockey and basketball shot ball while sipping signature Buchanan’s whisky cocktails. Guests in attendance were also the first to get a sneak peek of J Balvin’s new unreleased Buchanan’s DeLuxe x J Balvin Limited Edition Design bottle inspired by his culture and the good vibras around him.

 

The 42-piece ‘GUESS Vibras’ collection, which is inspired by Balvin’s chart-topping “VIBRAS” album, includes a selection of ready-to-wear and accessories for both men and women.  Balvin’s personal style and colorful, risk-taking aesthetic is infused within each piece. His hands-on design input makes this collaboration for GUESS another standout, bringing with it global appeal.

Notable guests included: J Balvin, Becky G, Diplo, Ty Dolla $ign, James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss, Nicolai Marciano, Torey Lanez, Amanda Steele, Zion, Jules Goddard, Jesse Baez, Sebastian Lleget, Khalil, Manuela Fernandez, Tainy, Sofia Jamora, Xian Mikol, Amanda Cerny, Scottie Pippen, Kelvin Pena and Nathalie Paris.

Jordyn Jones Release “Bad Lil Mama”

Jordyn Jones has been keeping us on our toes with her back-to-back releases of new music and videos!

The Middle (Cover Video): 6/4

New by Daya (Cover Video): 6/13

Curious by Kayley Kiyoko (Cover Video): 7/2

Can’t Say No (Original – Lyric Video): 7/22

Bad Lil Mama (Original): 8/17

& many more to come!

Jordyn Jones is a singer, actress, dancer, model and social media influencer. Jordyn got her break as a dancer in “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”, which led her to perform on the biggest stages including MTV Video Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Dancing with the Stars, etc.

Her social media following started to skyrocket because of her newfound fame. As a digital influencer, Jordyn has secured deals with some of the most reputable brands such as RevlonSprint, MaybellineNY, and Warner Bros Studios, and modeled for brands such as Prada, MiuMiu, Guess, Mudd Jeans, Brandy Melville, and Skechers. Her infectious personality has also landed programming contracts with AwesomenessTV and Facebook.

Jordyn’s singing career is gaining momentum quickly as she garners attention from industry professionals. She continues to release music through Capitol Music Group, some of which has been licensed in film, television, and brand campaigns. Jordyn is currently in the studio recording new music and will be touring in Fall 2018.

Jordyn’s acting credits include a starring role in Brat’s digital series The Overnights, Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”, and YouTube Red’s “Dance Camp” (directed by John Chu).

Jordyn is an all-around force to be reckoned with and definitely one to watch this 2018!

Jordyn Jones Releases New Video

Can’t Say No written by Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola, Jimmy Burney, and Jordyn Jones.

Produced By: Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola

Music video directed by Alex Di Marco

Produced by: Hustlecake

Watch the video for Can’t Say No here

Jordyn Jones is a singer, actress, dancer, model and social media influencer. Jordyn got her break as a dancer in “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”, which led her to perform on the biggest stages including MTV Video Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Dancing with the Stars, etc.

Her social media following started to skyrocket because of her newfound fame. As a digital influencer, Jordyn has secured deals with some of the most reputable brands such as Revlon, Sprint, MaybellineNY, and Warner Bros Studios, and modeled for brands such as Prada, MiuMiu, Guess, Mudd Jeans, Brandy Melville, and Skechers. Her infectious personality has also landed programming contracts with AwesomenessTV and Facebook.

Jordyn’s singing career is gaining momentum quickly as she garners attention from industry professionals. She continues to release music through Capitol Music Group, some of which has been licensed in film, television, and brand campaigns. Jordyn is currently in the studio recording new music and will be touring in Fall 2018.

Jordyn’s acting credits include a starring role in Brat’s digital series The Overnights, Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”, and YouTube Red’s “Dance Camp” (directed by John Chu).

Jordyn is an all-around force to be reckoned with and definitely one to watch this 2018!

Instagram @jordynjones

Twitter @jjjordynjones 

Youtube Stepsgirl 

Chantel Jeffries Inks Global Deal With 10:22pm

DJ, producer, and content creator CHANTEL JEFFRIES announces debut single “WAIT” featuring OFFSET and VORY to be released worldwide on Friday, May 4. The track produced and co-written by Chantel is the first of many to follow as an up and coming producer in the music world. Using mathematical sequencing to create tracks and pulling influence from the Islands, French and European house, Chantel creates a signature sound embodying her musical taste and top notch production. Chantel teased her single, “ Wait” at the Apple Music x Beats 1 party at Coachella. This was the perfect introduction to ignite the world with her unpredictable and undeniable sound as she taps into the music industry. Chantel plans to release her own line of merchandise to be released simultaneously with her upcoming debut EP, Calculated Luck due later this year.

“I am beyond excited to join the Universal Family, Celine Joshua has believed in me from day one and I am so grateful she has opened up her home of 10:22 pm and has shared this entire experience with me. I was lucky enough to not only work with incredible hit-makers such as Louis Bell and Vory, but was also able to create the record of my dreams with my closest friends.” Says Chantel.

The single is the first release under Universal Music Group’s, 10:22 pm, in partnership with Capitol Music Group.

In making this announcement, Celine Joshua said, “I’m thrilled that Chantel has chosen 10:22 pm as her home where we will work to develop new commercial and creative opportunities for our artists and content creators to advance their careers and reach new fans around the world. From the moment I met Chantel, I knew she was a creative force with a unique ear for music, and I’m honored that she’s the first artist to sign to my new label.”

ABOUT CHANTEL JEFFRIES:

Chantel Jeffries has become a global star equally known for music, fashion, and her artistic talent. Jet-setting around the world, she has DJ-ed countless coveted VIP events and been tapped as a brand ambassador for the likes of LOreal and UK retailer BooHoo. Moreover, she has collaborated with everyone from Lancome, Sephora, Maybelline, Nars, EOS, Converse, Guess, Lady Foot Locker, and Puma to Good American, True Religion, Juicy Couture, and Pretty Little Thing. With more music on the way, her influence expands exponentially yet again. She is currently working on her debut EP, Calculated Luck due later this year.

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Amazon Echo Look at NYFW with Prabal Gurung and Bella Hadid

Fashion Week went well! Below are photos from a first of its kind partnership between Prabal Gurung and Amazon Echo Look. On Sunday, they used Echo Look to create a digital version of the look book for Prabal’s (incredible) Fall 2018 collection. Enclosed you can see the images the device took of Bella Hadid along with several other models, as well as an image of Prabal being interviewed by E! – note that these have not been retouched, enhanced or otherwise altered. This partnership is an incredible example of the growing overlap between fashion and technology.

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