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Complaint Review: Wilhelmina / UTG

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  • Submitted: Sat, January 09, 2010
  • Updated: Sat, January 09, 2010

  • Reported By: Tessa — SLC Utah USA
Wilhelmina / UTG
6415 South 3000 East Ste 210 Salt Lake City, Utah United States of America

Wilhelmina / UTG W Talent Beware their "no cancel" contract Salt Lake City, Utah

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This is the advertising tactics used by Wilhelmina UTG...

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Wilhelmina utg - Salt Lake City
Wilhelmina utg is an experienced and committed team of talent management professionals specializing in booking talent for advertising, film, television, editorial, commercial, voiceover and runway productions. Wilhelmina utg has an exclusive talent development program for aspiring models and actors that prepares talent for the industry. The agency side of Wilhelmina utg offers an extensive talent pool that serves local and international clients. Some of our clients include Vogue, Abercrombie & Fitch, Sony, Giorgio Armani, Diesel, Hollister, Disney, Cosmopolitan, Dolce & Gabbana, Verizon depth and Reebok. Wilhelmina Models is one of the largest modeling agencies in the world, founded by legendary supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper in 1967. Today, they lead the industry in diversity and depth and represent some of the biggest models and celebrity talent across the globe. Sean Patterson is the President of Wilhelmina Models. Dieter Esch is Chairman. They have offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
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This is a huge deception and they have been sited several times by the Better Business Bureau of Utah, for claims that aren't true.
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http://www.bbb.org/utah/business-reviews/modeling-agencies/wilhelmina-utg-in-salt-lake-city-ut-22168833

W Talent   aka  Wilhelmina utg
6415 South 3000 East Ste 210
Salt Lake City, UT 84121-6958
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       Modeling - Advance Fee  No bbb acceptance


Based on bbb files, Wilhelmina UTG has a bbb Rating of F on a scale
from A+ to F.
Reasons for this rating include:

   * bbb concerns with the industry in which this business operates.
   * Length of time business has been operating.
   * 7 complaints filed against business
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This company pressures people to sign their contract quickly promising various "jobs" at the end of their training, claiming to be part of Wilhelmina International Inc....the contract itself has a "no-cancel" policy...and when one tries to do so, is told that they will still be charged for classes/photos even if they aren't attending.
If "members" try to stop payment, or discontinue even if they don't participate....they are threatened with creditors and may lose their good credit rating.  

Wilhelmina International Inc. sells their "name recognition" to these "affiliates" and allows them to be listed on their website...but they rarely sign any student from these affliates.  They are all separate entities business-wise, and Wilhelmina International Inc. even has a page saying, they are not responsible nor does their "code of ethics" cover these "affiliates.
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http://www.wilhelmina.com/affiliates.cfm
http://www.wilhelmina.com/investordocs/CodeofEthics-Adopted.pdf
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Wilhelmina utg (and those similar in other states) uses typical "solicitor" tactics....the Attorney General for the State of Florida even took their similar company Wilhelmina tct to court and won....a book about the experience is listed.

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Wilhelmina International Inc. has no power nor control over these "off-shoot" companies nor feels any need or responsibility to monitor their activities with their members.  Beware signing up with these type of "schools."

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