Ethics experts were concerned that Donald Trump would use his presidency to push his Trump brand. Among his many ventures, he founded a modeling agency in 1999, and it leaped to one of the top modeling agencies in the U.S., but then something happened.
Mother Jones received a private email sent to Trump’s business associates saying that Trump Model Management was on the verge of closing. Trump Models President Corinne Nicolas’ email read:
‘The Trump Organization is choosing to exit the modeling industry. On the heels of the recent sale of the Miss Universe Organization, the company is choosing to focus on their core businesses in the real estate, golf and hospitality space.’
The president owned 85 percent of the 18-year-old company, if his financial disclosures were correct. According to Mother Jones, Nicolas wrote in her email:
‘Trump Models, during its 18-year run, was an amazing success and we are immensely proud of the opportunities that we have provided to so many talented individuals.’
As part of the umbrella corporation Trump Organization, the company president sold its Miss Universe Organization, which ran the Miss USA beauty pageant. The talent agency was also part of the Trump Organization, but once Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants came out about 18 months ago, things started downhill.
Nicolas further wrote:
‘The company is choosing to focus on their core businesses in the real estate, golf and hospitality space. Trump Models, during its 18-year run, was an amazing success and we are immensely proud of the opportunities that we have provided to so many talented individuals.’
Before the election, Mother Jones reported Trump’s modeling agency had a checkered past by hiring foreign models without work visas, thus, violating U.S. immigration laws. The agency also made the models pay exorbitant rents to live in crowded apartments and charged the models all manner of fees and expenses.
Rachel Blais appeared in Elle Magazine in 2004 even though she had no legal visa. Mother Jones investigated the issue. Over the past year and a half, models and staff have been leaving the agency in droves. Some of the more recent departures include: Katie Moore, Mia Kang, Shirley Mallmann, and Maggie Rizzer.
Among his other failed business ventures were Trump Airlines, Trump Magazine, Trump Steaks, and the recently sued Trump University.
Rather than the presidency enhancing Trump’s modeling agency, it has poisoned it.
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