Pier59 Studios Tightens Ban on Modeling Agencies Following Increased Foul Play in the Industry

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Federico Pignatelli Founder and Creator of the Model’s Bill of Rights determined to continue protecting models.

Federico Pignatelli, founder of The INDUSTRY Model Management, Pier59 Studios, and creator of the Model’s Bill of Rights, today announced the ban of Miami-based modeling agency, The Syndical, from the premier photography studio and fashion week destination. The announcement comes on the heels of Pier59’s most recent ban of several other modeling agencies, Wilhelmina, Elite USA, Major, and Nomad.

“We have made the conscious decision to ban The Syndical for what we deem to be unfair treatment of its models,” said Pier59 founder Federico Pignatelli. “We take models’ rights seriously at Pier59, and we will continue to take the steps necessary to protect models in an unregulated industry.”

As a champion of models’ rights, Federico Pignatelli hopes that the most recent ban encourages all agencies to take the comprehensive bill seriously, which sets specific standards and guidelines to mitigate financial duress and protect models’ fundamental rights.

Immigration violations are rampant within the fashion industry. Models are frequently sent to jobs by their agencies without proper documentation, putting them at risk for fines, jail time, and even deportation. Furthermore, the models who have been granted visas by their agencies often feel pressured by the very companies that are supposed to protect them, as their immigration status is used as leverage to encourage them to take jobs that they would otherwise turn down.

“Our mission is to empower models to take control of their career,” commented Federico Pignatelli. “We urge all modeling agencies to adopt the Model’s Bill of Rights and to treat models fairly and in a professionally appropriate manner.”

For more information on the Model’s Bill of Rights, please visit http://www.theindustrymodelmgmt.com. To learn more on Pier59 Studios and how to book the space, please visit http://www.pier59studios.com

About The INDUSTRY Model Management
The INDUSTRY Model Management is a high-end boutique women's agency, with headquarters located in the Iconic Pier59 Studios at Chelsea Piers in NYC in addition to our offices in LA. Our focus is on discovering new talent and managing each individual to cultivate a successful and long-term career. In maintaining a very select roster, The INDUSTRY Model Management is able to offer a personalized level of service to each and every model we represent. The INDUSTRY Model Management is also on the forefront of necessary changes in the modeling business by being the first in adopting the Model's Bill of Rights and also changing the way models are being paid. Payments are made regularly in no more than 60 days from completed work, regardless if clients have paid or not.

Owned by Federico Pignatelli, The INDUSTRY Model Management is part of the Art & Fashion Group Company which includes the iconic Pier59 Studios which boasts the highest caliber of international fashion and advertising clients in the world. With the ability to call on strong and distinctive relationships within the fashion community, The INDUSTRY Model Management has an exceptional edge over other model and talent agencies. With our in-house access to the Pier59 Studio Group's state of the art digital, production and studio teams we are able to develop talent and create content that looks to the future of video and social media branding. The INDUSTRY Model Management is a place that never ceases to inspire both its agents and models alike.

About Pier59 Studios
Founded in 1995 by Federico Pignatelli and his Art and Fashion Group Corporation, Pier59 Studios is a 110,000 square-foot premier photography and multimedia studio located at Chelsea Piers in New York City. As the largest photography facility and multimedia complex in the world, the space is equipped with state of the art technology and accommodates the needs of photographers, designers, advertising agencies and television and film production companies. Pier59 Studios features eleven column-free studio spaces, including a 6,500 square-foot sound stage constructed for live performances, special events, video and commercial projects. Nine studios are naturally lit and contain retractable walls. For more information please visit http://www.pier59studios.com.

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