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Arizona Congressional Candidate Advertises Child Actors On Same Site as Playboy Models for Talent Agency

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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:

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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.”

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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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