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The noise around the recent tragedy isn't getting any quieter. Last month, the year-old star model Ruslana Korshunova jumped from a ninth-story window in New York. Foreign press have recently reported the "Russian Mermaid"was without work, fell into depression and let herself go. Dark circles could be seen under her eyes in her home photographs.
Her face looked tired and sad. Ruslana attended seminars in Moscow to help heal her mental breakdown. But her career troubles were accompanied by an unhappy love life. The result was a tragic suicide. Foreign media have also darya zakharova x-trade brokers about the modeling industry's "New York-Paris-Moscow" shadow mafia that forces Russian models to work for miserly pay, uses them and tosses them darya zakharova x-trade brokers like garbage.
Korshunova's friends were surprised that her agency didn't even offer to pay for her funeral. Her loved ones had to collect money themselves. We decided to find out more about the dubious "international model trade,"and to tell our readers the tricks often used to lure and keep innocent young women captive.
Today, it's impossible for a girl to break into the international fashion industry straight off the street. An entire network of modeling agencies exists in Russia that looks for young girls to send abroad.
It's easier for Western companies to deal with agencies that have an arsenal darya zakharova x-trade brokers beautiful women. So it's hard for girls to make it in the business without an agent as everyone wants their cut. Modeling agencies receive payments darya zakharova x-trade brokers their accounts and pay the girls after all the expenses have been accounted for. On the darya zakharova x-trade brokers hand, it's easier to make a name in the business with the help of an agency.
On the other hand, most models don't become financial successes overnight and quickly fall into debt as they are rarely able to cover the expenses their modeling agencies incur. We called the Russian model Vanya in Paris to learn more about the situation. She's 17 years old and has worked abroad two years. He has a lot of experience and huge connections abroad.
Aleksey was her Russia-side agent until the very end. His agency takes a cut from all our work done abroad — something like 10 percent. The agency that represents darya zakharova x-trade brokers abroad also takes a cut — about 20 percent.
Taxes are also deducted before we see any money — and taxes are huge in the Darya zakharova x-trade brokers. Expenses for food and pocket money are also taken out of our salary darya zakharova x-trade brokers the foreign agency pays all these expenses in advance.
As a result, many models take the metro to get to fashion shows that may be held several times per day. Cosmetologists, hairdressers, masseuses and fitness experts are needed, too. They're also quite expensive. But they prohibited me from using any photographer but darya zakharova x-trade brokers own. It turned out he charged me far more than the market price. The agency also overcharged me for other services so they could deduct the costs later.
One model told us how a Moscow agency had played her for a fool after sending her to Tokyo. The Tokyo agency wired the money she had earned before deductions to her Moscow agency, which shut down immediately after. The directors opened a new agency within a matter of days. How much do models earn? Many young models starve abroad less for the sake of their waistline than bank account.
Models have bouts of depression for two reasons — when they're out of work or have too much work. The girls have to run around to all sorts of shows. They always need to look good and they start taking stimulants and drugs. And they run the risk of collapsing due to the crazy rhythm of life. I wound up in a strange country, without knowing the language and without any moral support.
What happened to me occurs with all new models abroad. I started going to night clubs to relax and get rid of my nervousness. I drank, smoked and tried to save myself from my depression and stress. I started missing castings and went to some of them inebriated. I couldn't sleep, called home and yelled: I don't want anything anymore! Darya zakharova x-trade brokers the agency wouldn't let me go. No one wanted to give me work after seeing how I looked.
I gained 8 pounds from going to all the night clubs. I was really out of shape. I remember my booker in Japan called Aleksey and complained. He said I was too young and didn't know anything, I was acting horribly and he didn't know what to do with me! But luckily they gave me a second chance. I went on a diet and darya zakharova x-trade brokers weight.
And now I'm in Paris. I've talked to other models and learned we all go through depression. It's the school of life. My stomach is ruined from all these diets. But I have to keep in shape. I hope I achieve everything I've set out to accomplish," Vanya said. I'm just lucky nothing like that has happened to me," she said. But agents also say they take risks. When they pay for a model's food and housing, they're placing a wager on the likelihood that she'll succeed.
Besides the renowned agencies, they're are tons of fly-by-night companies hunting young aspiring models. There are plenty of escort services disguised as modeling agencies. But those aside, even genuine agencies can be dangerous — especially smaller companies. The less financially stable the firm, the bigger the risk it takes when placing a bet on the new model. The girls were turned into escorts. The men stole their documents and beat anyone who refused to work.
My girlfriend was lucky to get out. When they started beating one of the girls, she broke a window darya zakharova x-trade brokers a passersby called the police. She phoned her parents who helped her escape.