ED Magedson – Founder
Covermodels Management30 Marier Avenue Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Covermodels Management is a huge scam agency in Ottawa, Ontario.
Located on the edge of Vanier, in a pretty sketchy area, Covermodels management boasts to be THE best agency in Ottawa, and one of the best agencies in the business.
I've always wanted to be a model, so one day my Dad drove me there. I walked up to this run down old building, a place called 'Studio Four30' This is where Viresh Pujara, a grossly overweight, sweaty and greasy man greeted me. He is the an that owns, runs and does EVERYTHING for covermodels. There is only one man behind this so called business. Immediately they photographed me, and sat me down on this dirty old couch, in front of a desk littered with burgers, takeaway, and greasy fries. The first thing he did was bash the other agencies in town to me, and after taking my measurments tells me i need to loose a grand total of about 5 inches from my waist and hips- I'm already a tiny 110 pounds. [continued below]....
He asks my father to come in, and gives him this HUGE hour long talk about their sister agencies, models measurments, dieting, how i need to change my whole look (dye my hair, grow my eyebrows), how much money he wants us to pay for test shoots, and how they send all their girls to places like greece and egypt and asian countries when they start out. All of this is sketchy enough.
Viresh tells me that he will get back to me on Friday (it was a Wednesday) about details of my first test shoots, automatically assuming that I'm already going to join their agency. Friday passes, and so 2 weeks after when he said he would email me back, I sent him an email askingabout what was happening with the agency and details about my first shoot. He said that he loved my look, and could my father email him about setting up dates.
My dad emailed him back, and asked Viresh to send him a formal contract. After that we never heard from him again.
So, I decided to look more into the company. When I was there for the open call Viresh was bragging about the sister agencies he sends his girls to; one called Giovanni in Canada, and one called Empire in New York City. I googles these agencies, and the things i found out about them are shocking.
Giovanni scams girls out of hundreds of dollars, just to have open call shots taken of them, It also lists famous models on their website that they do NOT represent. They are fake, and scammy.
But the worst was Empire models. This is a company that should be avoided at ALL COSTS. young girls are sent there, to live in a tiny house full of other girls and boys just like them. There they get no work, and are forced to perform sexual favours for two HORRIBLE men called Justin Perry and Ryan Colby. Ryan and Justin use threats, violence and intimidation to keep the models 'in line'. They have sex with all the underaged models, and even pimp as prostitutes to make money. These 'models' make no money, and never get jobs.
No legitimate agency would, in their right minds, send their models to places like these! Covermodels is a HUGE SCAM, they are supporting the explotation of young girls everywhere, they are supporting child abuse and rape, Viresh Pujara is a BAD MAN. he is to be avoided at ALL COSTS. if anyone in Ottawa is even considering this agency please please be warned, do not go there unless you want to have all your money taken and be pimped out as a hooker.
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