ID Models is "re-locating". Tipsters say the agency, which is home to Leelee Sobieski and um, Tara Reid, will close its doors on Friday but Paolo Zampolli, the agency's founder, says they're just moving. "We are just moving into Major," he says. Like a merger? "No, no, no just a re-location, but you know, banks are merging. These are the things that happen in this economy." So, if it's not closing it sounds like a merger to us. No models have been dropped yet, and they don't plan on cutting their roster. Meanwhile, enough people behind the scenes, including agents, have been laid off to spark rumors of the end. And where there's smoke...
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Can Modesty and Modeling Mix? Enter New Muslim Modeling Agency, Underwraps
Modeling and modesty are two words that seem mutually exclusive, but a Muslim fashion designer in New York City is trying to change that. A new agency for Muslim models, called Underwraps, is launching next week during New York Fashion Week. Its goal? To prove that models can be gorgeous, stylish, and yet still maintain their religious beliefs. Nailah Lymus is an American-born Muslim whose parents converted to Islam before she was born. She adheres to the modesty tenets of the religion, which require that clothes be loose enough so as not to reveal your shape, and that basically the only body parts that can be visible are your face, hands and feet. Sound challenging? It doesn’t have to be. I chatted with Lymus this week about her background, Muslims in fashion, and her plans to launch a modeling agency.
UK Modeling Agencies Ban The Use of Tanning Beds--Should U.S. Agencies Follow Suit?
The modeling industry may have a ways to go in terms of promoting healthy working conditions, but they're certainly taking steps in the right direction. Case in point: The leading UK model agencies have all banned the use of tanning beds by their models, reports The Daily Mail. The 11 agencies, including big-names like Elite, Premier Model Management Storm and Next, have signed up for a no tolerance policy on tanning beds, in support of Cancer Research UK's R UV UGLY campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the health risks associated with tanning salons. "Supporting this campaign makes perfect sense as the well-being of our models is of paramount importance and we take a serious approach to their health," Sarah Doukas, Managing Director of Storm Model Management said.