The director of a talent agency and Republican Congressional candidate for Arizona’s 1st district advertises his talent – including children – on the same site as Playboy models.
“The Young Agency, one of the largest Model and Talent Agencies in the Southwestern United States! Founded by Pamela Young in 1996, we are a licensed and bonded agency by the state of Arizona and is an upstanding; “A+” rated Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau,” says candidate Steve Smith’s company description on Model Mayhem:
According to the company description on Facebook, The Young Agency “Book[s] Models & Actors all ages and ethnicities for print media, fashion runway, commercial television, video, voice over and film.”
The banner photo on the company’s Facebook page depicts smiling children, apparently clients of the agency:
But Model Mayhem isn’t exactly child-friendly. The site advertises all types of scantily clad adult women in various magazines. Here is a sampling:
Smith, a Republican member of the Arizona State Senate, representing District 11, is the Director of the agency. The agency has a one out of five star rating on Yelp, and poor ratings elsewhere, with some claiming the agency is a “scam.”
One model who worked for the agency wrote the following review on Indeed:
I had two jobs at the Young Agency as a model and as an administrative assistant. As a model, I was rarely given enough opportunities to get a good gig. All the modeling gigs were for experience not pay. The whole model/talent portion seems very precarious and seemed like a scam.
As an administrative assistant I was given many jobs like on-boarding, marketing, and scheduling on top of answering the phones, maintaining emails, and greeting walk-ins. I was yelled at a lot by management which made it much too stressful. My wages broke down to about five dollars an hour which wasn’t enough for all the work I was doing.
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Smith will face Wendy Rogers and Tiffany Shedd in Arizona’s Republican primary held on August 28.
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