Federico Pignatelli, founder and chief executive officer of Pier 59 Studios, Art and Fashion Group and The Industry Model Management, said Thursday he was banning Wilhelmina Model Management and Major Model Management from using his studios. The reason, he claims, is based on his understanding of longstanding unfair business practices employed by those two agencies. He noted that all models and personnel from those agencies will no longer be allowed to work or visit, for any reason, the premises of Pier 59 Studios as of April 30.
Pignatelli doesn’t specify exactly why he’s banning the modeling agencies, or which models specifically have complained about late payments or other grievances. Pignatelli said these two agencies make it “extra hard” for the models to get their money and make it difficult for the model to get out of her contract if the agency isn’t living up to its obligations.