"That is how the fashion industry works"
The world of high-end fashion modeling has come under fire for many things, like promoting unrealistic beauty standards and encouraging unhealthy lifestyles in the name of popularity. While the standards of fashion designers may finally be changing, it looks like there’s something else nefarious going on that the world needs to be aware of.
The Real Deal
A young model has come forward with evidence, claiming that the modeling industry isn’t much more than an elite prostitution ring where young women are given jobs based on what they can provide to rich clients. Twenty-year-old Austrian model Jazz Egger published screenshots of her text conversation with a mysterious talent agent named George. He tried to set up dates between her and clients who would pay top dollar for her body.
George also sent her text conversations he allegedly had with other young models, showing how satisfied they were with the arrangements he set up. Of course, he got a cut of their money. Jazz alleges that “big agencies” and household name models are regularly engaging in this high-end escorting.
Jazz met one agent at a London club who said that he could get her an “image modeling job” where she would sail on a yacht to Greece with three millionaires. She declined the strange offer. Then George propositioned her to have dinner with a “famous actor,” saying she would need to be okay with “natural intimacy.”
She messaged back, “Excuse men, but I’m a model not an escort!” That’s when George sent her a barrage of messages that seem barely better than any pimp would send a prostitute. The grooming, manipulative messages claim that “everyone enjoys having s*x especially with young good looking guys.” He talks about how society makes money for s*x seem shameful, but it’s really okay. He then wrote, “Most models got to where they were through something like this. You meet amazingly wealthy people that can assist and propel your life in whatever direction you want. It is up to you where you want to end up.”
Jazz was horrified about what was going on, but she refused to succumb to prostitution to further her career. Instead, she wanted to expose these men as the vultures they are. She said, “I would never sell my body in such a matter. I couldn’t combine it with my morals really. I still respect those who do accept such offers. What made his offer highly questionable to me is that he asked me to keep quiet about it. This can’t be okay. [George] reacted by spamming me with messages, in an attempt to convince me to accept his offer.
“It seemed like he was very experienced in that kind of conversation. He sent me screenshots of models who he allegedly worked with. I know some models that have done escort work and experienced unwanted sexual advances. When I shared the article, many of my model colleagues messaged me, telling me about their experiences. It was sad to see that it’s such a common and usual thing.”
While the lives of models seem absolutely glamorous on social media, they may be spending time with richer people so that they can stay at those luxurious resorts around the world. Jazz explained her reasoning for wanting to expose this sham, saying, “There’s so much wrong with this industry and I am going to do whatever it takes in order to change it. It might take centuries, but you have to start somewhere.”
Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen had a comment of her own about high-end prostitution among models. She said, “Did you know there are hookers in Cannes who charge $30,000 a night? A lot of models go there to make their side money.”
A report by OK! magazine in 2015 concluded, “Wealthy businessmen will have someone reach out to agencies on their behalf to request appearances from these girls. A private dinner can cost up to six figures, so of course the agencies take a cut. Don’t expect your trip to be entirely free though. If you are lounging on a rich guy’s yacht and drinking his champagne, chances are something is expected of you – whether it is a kiss or a lot of time on the dance floor.”
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