International Fashion Model Management

We are International Fashion Model Management. We have no clients, no references, no agency license, no functional website, no models to show you, no publications we work with. We want you to sign this agreement assigning your copyright to us for any images we use on our website and you cannot use the images online or publish them anywhere. Pay? What pay? We told the model to contact you via Model Mayhem, iStudio, or Craigslist. Everyone knows those are the places to get free shots.

Do any of these sound like a good deal to you?

  1. You shoot my ugly cousin’s wedding for 10 hours for free and give me all the photos. In exchange, I’ll let you use a few pictures that I approve for your portfolio. BTW, only top rated photographers need apply.
  2. I’m a model, you get to shoot implied nudes of me. I get all copyrights and I can use them on my subscription website. You can use a few photos on your portfolio but only the ones I approve.
  3. I’m a fashion designer and want you to shoot my look book for free. No, I have nothing to show you about my designs. Just trust me when I tell you it’s HOTTZ and EDGGGGY.

OK. How about this?

We are International Fashion Model Management. We have no clients, no references, no agency license, no functional website, no models to show you, no publications we work with. We want you to sign this agreement assigning your copyright to us for any images we use on our website and you cannot use the images online or publish them anywhere. Pay? What pay? We told the model to contact you via Model Mayhem, iStudio, or Craigslist. Everyone knows those are the places to get free shots.

That brings us to the subject of this post. I was forwarded some info for this company who has been soliciting models in Los Angeles and San Francisco. From a first reading, all kinds of red flags went up. I wouldn’t call them a scam. It sounds more like someone who does know something about the industry but is executing it in a very poor way that gives them all the cards. Not surprising since the owner has a wardrobe styling background and not an modeling agency background. There are some blaring mistakes that someone in a land based agency would never make. I recommend models and photographers pass on this one. These “opportunities” are a dime a dozen. Just because you can package it in a pdf with proper spelling does not make it golden.

They have a bare Facebook account here and it appears to be run by Tshombe Crumley who also has profiles on Facebook, Myspace, and LinkedIn. It also appears they are not licensed as a talent agency under California law but much of their marketing material indicate they are acting as a manager rather than an agent and if they are indeed acting solely as a management company and not booking work for models as an agent, they would not need to be licensed under California law. However, they claim to have an office in Dallas, TX where they don’t make a distinction between a manager and an agency so this company would require a talent agency license in TX but there is no record of them having one. Their marketing material is vague about how they get work for models. They appear to be a mother agency, a model management company, and an agency in different parts of their material referring to bookers and booking work for models.[1]

Here’s a copy of their pitch along with my comments in blue italics.

Hi All!
International Fashion Model Management hopes that each of you is having a great summer.  Please take time to read this email and all attachments  in its entirety for they contain very important information. For the next  month ; IFMM would love for each model to test shoot with different photographers, different wardrobe stylists, makeup artists and stylists,  in a strong effort to continue building your portfolios.  You need to email pics from those shoots Attention: IFMM Creative to  [email protected].

[Who’s paying for these full teams to shoot these wannabe unrepresented models?]

  • I am not certain, but the name you mentioned is familiar, especially given the Dallas connection. I believe this is someone who had a “MySpace agency” page some time ago who was trolling MM for models & whose account I reported & had removed for such behavior. At the time there were many of the same issues, especially with the Texas license.

  • I am not certain, but the name you mentioned is familiar, especially given the Dallas connection. I believe this is someone who had a “MySpace agency” page some time ago who was trolling MM for models & whose account I reported & had removed for such behavior. At the time there were many of the same issues, especially with the Texas license.

  • Bfloymayo

    I worked with this company today and it was the first and last time. I was asked to be the MUA and I should have known to say no because the lack of clear communication and very short notice. I went any way. The photo shoot ran over 3 hours behind, every time someone walked out of the room the manager Erica would talk trash about them. Everything was poorly put together with no direction or organization! They held these poor wannabes their with out a real meal, or pay. I had to ask 6 times for a agreement and was told three different lies about why she didn’t have one for me. As a makeup artist who has done REAL photoshoots and worked with a top of the line company. I know that this was not it!

  • Insydoubt

    Looks like quite a bit of effort here just to hate on someone and their crew for operating diffently than everyone else. Interesting choices we all make sometime to do what we do. You would figure that a profesionally established photographer wouldn’t even take the time out of his day to spend another moment entertaining, let alone taking time to produce, a 4 page blog about a group like IFMM if he were a true profesional. Especially after making a profesional decision to take pictures for them. I guess sometime when we feel upset we’ve all got a bone to pick with someone, even if that someone is really ourselves, yet we decide to take it out on someone else. I am all for communication, and being a stand up person. I feel that informing people about what is going on is necessary, but on the otherhand taking out some inner personal aggression, via condescending remarks, on another entity is just misdirected, un intelligent, and slightly selfish. To put someone else down, especially an entire entity of people, is not even actually communication. It’s just unfortunate that this is the choice that someone ( Patrick Yuen) would choose to make. Perhaps we should all take one step back and refocus for a bit to not be so damaging to one another consequentially to ourselves by doing so. I have no desire to speak poorly of anyone or entity regardless of my position I’m not one to judge, but sometime people feel it is their unalienable right to do so. Whether it is slander or libel choosing to judge someone else and then going out of your way to make your judgements known to the public is always a poor choice especially if it caters a negativity. I checked out Patrick Yuen’s photography. It’s quite tasteful and elegant. That was easy and it felt good as well. If I didn’t have a positive comment it would best be served unsaid. If I were to inform it wouldn’t be in a negative manner. Best wishes to Patrick Yuen in his professional carrer.

    • Dear Insydoubt,

      Thank you for taking the time to submit your thoughts. I must admit that when I saw your use of the word “hating” I was ready to dismiss your comments as the scribblings of a 14 year old Myspace reject who had happened accidentally on my blog.

      First, I am confused as to your allegation that I had agreed to take pictures for them. I have never had an association with IFMM. I was too repelled by all the welts on them from people touching them with 10 foot poles.

      As to the professionalism of someone taking time out to write an article “hating” on someone, your musings remind me of an incident awhile back when I needed a usb bluetooth adapter for my laptop. I went to the local Best Buy store thinking I can get overcharged by them and pay maybe $4.99. You can imagine my surprise when I arrived to find they were selling them for $49.95. Obviously, this had to be an error. Perhaps it was a misplaced decimal point and it was really indeed $4.99 which I know would already be five times the market price for such an adapter. But since it would only be $4 more, I was willing to pay five times more for the convenience of picking one up locally.

      Concerned that a soccer mom. who may not be aware of the market price of usb bluetooth adapters, would be mistakenly overcharged this heinous amount for this device that was worth $1 at best, I set forth to inform Best Buy of the obvious error. I called over the nearest Best Buy associate to convey my concerns. After patiently explaining how I had arrived at this moment in time, I realized the poor sap was not even a Best Buy associate but just someone who had committed a horrible fashion faux pas by wearing tan Dockers and a blue polo shirt to shop at Best Buy. Nevertheless, Mr. fashion disaster was quite pleased with my story and the information I had relayed as he too was looking for a usb dongle. He thanked me for saving him $48.95 and went on to peruse the latest game titles.

      My next attempt at bring this to the attention of Best Buy was more successful. This time, I knew I was talking to a certified Best Buy associate as evidenced by the name tag and two way radio hanging from her poorly fitted pants. After several radio calls and a confirmation with their website, she confirmed to me that $49.95 was indeed their price for this device. Flustered and in a state of disbelief, I pointed out to the associate these devices are regularly sold for $1 including shipping and tax free. I reminded her that Best Buy was marking this device up 4,895% over the market price. The use of the word markup and percentage in the same sentence immediately transformed my new found associate into a state of confusion. She shrugged and and asked if she can help me with something else. I then inquired which isle they stocked the anal lube. This was met with a giggle with a hint of embarrassment. I thanked my kinky Best Buy associate and left without the adapter opting instead to purchase it on ebay for $1 the next day. From that day hence, I take it upon myself to convey my adventures of the 4,895% markup to anyone who mentions Best Buy. In your world, this may be interpreted as “personal aggression, via condescending remarks, on another entity is just misdirected, un intelligent, and slightly selfish.” In my world, it’s a remarkably helpful tale of how some businesses will happily rape their customers in the ass if the customers are stupid or ignorant enough to bend over and take it.

      I have no qualms about going out of my way to pass judgement on others. Take a look around my blog and there are many accounts of me passing judgement on all kinds of people, businesses, and business practices. Those who are too afraid to offer opinion easily fade into obscurity as they should.

      Yes, there are consequences to publicly calling out unlicensed wannabe modeling agencies who offer worthless opportunities to unsuspecting wannabe models. It is my hope that the consequence is some poor sap out there will save their time and go to a real agency who will tell them in 0-15 minutes if they have what it takes to be a model.

      Once again, thank you for taking the time to respond. If you ever need a usb bluetooth adapter, go to ebay. If you want to know if you have what it take to be a model, go to a real, established agency like Elite or Ford. If you need anal lube…..