Two multi-million dollar lawsuits were filed against various modeling agencies saying that agencies charged clients much more than they paid their models in a commission-fixing scheme. One model, Carolyn Fears, pictured right, tells the DN, "The agencies have all these young girls, and I was one of them, so excited to be a model and so grateful about the money, and they rip us off." Fears's former NY agency head, Katie Ford, retorts, "What Carolyn Fears didn't tell you is that she lived at my parents' house for free, that she was fed at our expense, and her paychecks were advanced with no interest expense. We provided her with many services, including travel arrangements, health care and housing at no expense to her. The expenses she's complaining about were paid to outside vendors, not to us." Maybe so. Gothamist liked the laundry list of expenses the agencies would cover: Gym dues, plastic surgery, other doctors' visits, drug rehabilitation, dental work, family Christmas presents, runway walking lessons, messenger fees, and bail bond (for those nights out that turn a little illegal).

This could mean millions would be paid out to agencies' models, and one concerned modeling agency head tells the DN, "It could break all of us totally and it would mean the end of modeling in New York." Maybe then modeling could turn into a cable channel, the America's Top Model channel. While the Daily News treats this as bombshell news, it doesn't seem that surprising. Aren't there always reports of models being flown to foreign countries to be used by various wealthy businessmen or sultans as playthings?

The best (and only) sitcom about modeling ever: the Who's the Boss spinoff, Living Dolls, starring Leah Remini, Halle Berry, and Allison "I was supposed to become a star after the Spitfire Grill but that's the unpredictably of Sundance" Elliott.