Smuggling Models 101

Lily Allen isn't the only one with immigration troubles - We've heard from several sources that many models are having trouble getting work permits t
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Lily Allen isn't the only one with immigration troubles - We've heard from several sources that many models are having trouble getting work permits t
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Lily Allen isn't the only one with immigration troubles - We've heard from several sources that many models are having trouble getting work permits this season. The move is less about fashion and more about Homeland Security - ask any foreign friend about their job, and they'll immediately launch into a stressed-out explanation of their international employment. The problem here is that most models aren't American, and though the Canadian girls are driving across the border with ease, their stick-thin sisters from Russia and Brazil are running into major issues - especially if they're new and haven't worked before. What does that mean for the runways? Fewer girls will walk more shows - which means more breakout stars could happen, since we'll start recognizing new faces on the catwalk. But there's also an underbelly: According to an agent, "A lot of the younger girls can come on student visas." Which means the "I'm fourteen but I have to say I'm sixteen" syndrome from last year will probably continue... Editor's Note: Model Siri, at left, is neither underage nor illegal - we just liked her show card the best so far, and so we pulled it!