There are some people who will do anything to get into a fashion show: Go to Lincoln Center on any given day during fashion week and you'll see them trying (and sometimes succeeding) to talk, fake, or sneak their way into a show. But what if there were an easier way to see designer collections before anyone else? Like, oh, shelling out a thousand buckaroos?
A few days ago we noticed a strange tweet from Christian Siriano. It read: "fyi girls i have never and do not ever look for models on craigslist or online. these photo shoots i'm hearing about are scams! be careful!" Part of the beauty and danger of CraigsList is that the scams are mixed right in with the legitimate postings. Sometimes the scams are obvious (like that Manhattan apartment that costs $1 a month as long as you occasionally walk around in your underwear) but sometimes they're harder to suss out. A lot of modeling gigs are posted on CL. A recent scan through the listings of model jobs yields two seemingly legitimate postings for fit models for Banana Republic and American Eagle and a suspect request for "NEW PEOPLE TO THE INDUSTRY WHO HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED OF BEING AN ACTOR AND OR MODEL" for Tyler Perry and Oprah's OWN Network. So we reached out to Christian Siriano to get the story behind his cryptic warning to models about CraigsList. Apparently Siriano has been targeted by a CL scam since February. Posters falsely representing the designer claimed to be looking for models for a Christian Siriano catalog--which doesn't exist.