Models leave agents for Hollywood handlers
Are Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington sparking catfights? Both recently dumped their New York modeling agents for Hollywood handlers, fueling talk that such moves are the wave of the future in the mannequin world.
”We refer to our clients as clients,” says Michael Gruber, Crawford’s William Morris agent. ”They refer to them as girls.” Adds United Talent Agency’s David Schiff, who lured Turlington from Ford: ”As more models attain [her] level of celebrity, the demand for more comprehensive representation [grows].” (Turlington is looking to UTA to launch a writing, not acting, career.) But Elite Model Management, which lost Crawford to William Morris, isn’t letting her just walk away. It’s suing to recover commissions on her Revlon contract, which it originally negotiated and which earned her $1.5 million last year alone. Crawford filed a counterclaim, complaining, among other things, that Elite would not return her modeling portfolio. Neither Crawford nor Elite will comment on the suit.
But not everyone is worried about poaching. ”I don’t think it’s a threat,” says Stuart Cameron of Women Inc., which handles Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson, both of whom have signed with ICM for film work. ”We have a very happy relationship with ICM. We don’t step on one another’s toes.”