ED Magedson – Founder
Chicago Top Models150 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois United States of America
I went to CHICAGO TOP MODELS after seeing their posting on Craig's List. I talked to some guy who said I HAD to go to EXCLUSIVE STYLE SHOTS to get photos if I wanted them to find me a job. I came in with a two month old portfolio that everyone said was beautiful, even Ford Modeling Agency. I went just because I wanted to see what they had to say. Sure enough they wanted to charge me $150 for new pictures and then another $150 to submit those pictures to Diesel jeans for a possible job. When I asked why they were charging me $150 to submit my pictures to Diesel this girl told me that it was for their commission IN CASE I GOT THE JOB. I asked if I could get my money back if I didn't get the job but I didn't get an answer. She just kept talking about how I HAD to pay for the new pictures that cost $150. There were at least a dozen girls there and everyone was told the same thing. PAY THE $150 FOR PICTURES AND ANOTHER $150 FOR SUBMISSION or else... First of all, EXCLUSIVE STYLE SHOTS is not an agency and are not entitled to a commission so they had no business charging anyone $150 for submitting their pictures to Diesel jeans. Who knows if they were really going to submit the pictures anyway. SECOND, why is CHICAGO TOP MODELS sending people to this place to be ripped off by some photographers. Now I know why I keep hearing all the bad things about them. I should have checked all the bad reports before I went but at least I know that everything they say about CHICAGO TOP MODELS is true. They just want your money. Really, who ever heard of an agency, let along a photographer, charging anything for a job submission. And I've NEVER heard of paying commission on a job that I don't even have yet and might not even get. I've been modeling for around four years now and I've NEVER run into a bigger SCAM.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/29/2010 07:46 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Chicago-Top-Models/Chicago-Illinois-/Chicago-Top-Models-NEVER-PAY-AN-AGENCY-SUBMIT-YOUR-PHOTOS-FOR-A-JOB-Chicago-Illinois-656718. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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