Modeling Industry Gossip
The Las Vegas Weekly has pulled advertisements for models by someone they accused of scamming them. The ads ran for six years. The socalled photographer who advertised for glamour models is now reacting, spreading malicious lies.
Francesca Detolomei, the ready-for-retirement, in-her-60s (?) Italian chick from Beverly Hills, who sells photography in the US, because she wasn't deported, has been sighted in Orlando at Fashion Rock and at MAAI, according to two sources, still selling photography to aspiring models after the Los Angeles DA busted her a$$ in a photo mill scam. The only DA-prosecuted photo mill case in LA that EBC is aware of. There are pictures on her website foliofoto.com of her in her youth, according to someone who met her; the site itself didn't identify the pictures as being of her.
Former employee(s) of John Robert Powers/IMTA started IPOP, the new modeling convention started in the last year which is as expensive, if not more expensive, than IMTA. IPOP has apparently replaced IMTA as the major client of John Robert Powers. IMTA is none too happy about this development. Losing the JRP account, according to a rumour, has led to a lawsuit by IMTA against IPOP/its owners (non-compete violations?). JRP represented probably 1/3 to 1/2 of IMTA's sales leads (split with Barbizon Modeling Schools and John Casablancas development centers or modeling schools). IPOP, however, a source says, have no idea if their new convention will be a success. Have they set the price too high ($7,000)? Who has 7K nowadays to flush down a convention drain. IPOP scheme is to seek sponsors for the event. Rumour has it that Ron Patterson, owner/president of JRP, is trying to sell John Robert Powers for $140m.
The people behind the infamous Pro Images Studios (Pro Images International) scheme sold the business to their photographer Allen Coefield after being hounded by the Clayton County DA's office. EBC had provided the DA's office contact info on a web page about Pro Images Studios (PIS) for people scammed. They called and the DA investigated. The DA's investigation included calling the owner of PIS who told them EBC should be investigated instead of him. It looks like he got so scared of being prosecuted for fraud he sold the business before he was arrested.
"Tiffani," a model wrote in about an agent in Florida whom she says, writing from an AOL account (not yahoo/hotmail), tried to set her up; she alleged the "agency" is running a prostitution ring. This agency is quite successful, and its owner fairly well known.
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