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Boys and girls living in Singapore, please be careful of the modeling scouts who haunts the streets of Bugis and the Orchard MRT station — perhaps other territories as well.

Don’t get me wrong — I’ve not been deceived by them. In fact, I’ve never went for any of their interviews. All I know is — whenever I take a trip to Orchard, 7 out of 10 times I’d get this sort of approach whereby a man or sometimes a lady would claim to be from a modeling agency and they are looking for new faces to star in commercials.

Sounds familiar? <.__.>{?]

You might have been approached by these people before.

Anyway, I received an e-mail from this agency called “i Models Holdings“, which I encountered one of their scouts months ago.

Kind of surprised at first because I already told the lady that I’m a Johorian and am not interested in modeling. Come to think of it, why did I give her my e-mail address to begin with? You see — These people are quite smooth talkers and know where to hit the spot. The fact that they say they are from a modeling agency and want your contact information is already more than flattering.

In my case, I thought if I give them at least my e-mail address, they would stop tailing me. It was easy for me to walk away and forget about it because I have no aspiration to be a model or get involve in the media arena however for some people out there — this is their chance to be a model; a dream come true.

So upon reading the e-mail — I started pondering if this is even real. I mean — Is this how Singaporeans get their models? By waiting against the walls in MRT stations, tap a person on the shoulder and then asked whether he/she is working or studying?

With much curiosity, I googled for some information regarding this matter and what do you know?

I discovered that this agency is quite notorious for scamming. According to what the people said in forums, it’s not really a scam; it’s just a very risky investment because apparently it works like this: The agency will make a portfolio in which you have to fork out an amount of money and with the created portfolio, the agency will present to companies to evaluate whether they want you for their jobs or not.

How true is this?

I have no idea. If not for the information I’ve read online, I’d still be clueless about how trusty this agency is.

But I suggest to everyone to keep their guards up when getting this kind of approach, especially those who truly aspire to be a model — don’t let the dopamine take control of your senses.

Suppose you find yourself in this situation whereby you are approached by a modeling scout and seriously want to be a model but not sure if the agency is legitimate, here are what you can do to be sure and to safeguard yourself from burning a hole in your purse:

  1. Do not sign up for the contract or pay any money during your first encounter with the modeling scouts. You’d want to do a research on them first before committing yourself totally. Parting with your contact information is fine, I suppose.
  2. Always do a research on the agency and check if other people had similar encounters like you. You might want to believe this is the sign and chance you’ve been praying for however, not everything is sent by God. And it is people like you that these people target. They would give you their name cards and you probably would check their websites first but I tell you — Don’t give yourself in just because their website seems genuine and convincing to you. I say this because it’s their website — They can do whatever they want to make it look and seem genuine. You should look for what others has said about the agency elsewhere such as forums and blogs.
  3. If you have any friends who are in this industry or at least have a slight knowledge about it, seek for their advice first and learn about how the industry works. Do reputable agencies stop people on the streets for contact numbers? Do they charge a sum of money to create a portfolio for you? How sure can you get a job? Bombard them with all the questions you need answers to in order to quench your assurance.
  4. When you are at the agency for the interview (let’s say you decided to check out for yourself), make sure they make themselves clear so that there won’t be any surprises later on. Interrogate them until you’re satisfied. Don’t let them easily entice you. If they want you, they have to prove themselves — not you.

I trust you have good judgments but if you want to read more about what others have to say regarding this topic, here are some sites you can refer to: ↓

Singapore’s CozyCot Forum – Thread on Modeling/Talent Agencies

Polytalks.com – Thread subject: Is this a scam?

Stomp – Thread subject: Stopped on the street, asked to be a model…scam?

You can check the last pages of the forums for more up-to-date information.

Baa~ <u_u>

I’m not implying that Singapore’s modeling street scouts are not genuine — or particularly i Models Holdings. In fact, this kind of things can happen in other countries too so please Singaporeans, I’m not trash-talking about your country.

I could be wrong about i Models Holdings since I’ve not personally been for the interview. This entry is based on what I’ve found online and if you have landed on this post through search engines, then it must mean you are also seeking for information regarding this subject — In other words, it’s just like what I’m doing — Scouting for information before making any moves.

All in all, this entry is directed to agencies that could turn out to be scams or at the very least — misleading in their promises. I’m mostly trying to stress the point about keeping your guards up to such approaches.

Oh yea…I mentioned that I went over to Singapore just a couple of days ago. But I did not tell you all my encounter with yet another “Hi, are you working or studying?” approach.

I was in Woodlands, finishing a bottle of Sparkling Ribena and then a young thin man came up to me and asked if I was working or studying. My first thought was, “Oh dear, not another modeling agency thingy…”

But this man looked different. It wasn’t one of those people who wore working clothes. Instead, he was wearing a normal black shirt, jeans and had nothing in his hands. The previous encounters I had with modeling scouts wore a much presentable clothes and had a notebook with them to write down contacts. However this fella had none.

I tried to ignore him by gulping down the Ribena that was still in my mouth and a stream of thoughts were running in my head. “He looks like he needs money. Is he going to ask me for money? What does he want?”

Despite that I showed no interest in him, he persisted in asking me about my working status and where I come from.

Well, I somehow managed to shake him off without telling him anything other than I’m a Johorian and just here to shop. Also, I didn’t stay long enough to find out whether he’s from a modeling agency or he wanted to borrow money.

That said — Please be careful, everyone~

Any of you who knows more about this than I do, please share with us your opinions and experience! Let’s save people’s dreams from being ruined and destroyed~!

Baa~

Speaking of aspiration — What does sheep aspire to be~kana? <^x^>/

Baa…I want to be an influential and informative blogger~! <^v^>/

[ . . . ]

Please stop laughing at sheep. <´.__.`>

*Updates! – 22nd July 2011*

 

iModelsHolding Wants to Press Charges on PaperDiaries for Defaming their Agency!

 

 

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235 comments so far

1.  krayle
January 28th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Sheep-chan~ *bows*

yupp it’s pretty much the way it works with the modelling companies in Singapore. and the portfolios esp for girls can cost up to 900 or 1k? yeahh. >:3 nahh i’m joking. but the very singaporean way to avoid is just avoid making eyecontact and either ignore or just wave your hand and say ‘nothanksnothanks.’ xDD or if you’re nice, you can hear them out, say you’re a student and you’re not interested/don’t have that kind of money at the moment but you’ll keep it in mind.

or you could just walk really really fast.

2.  Ms Aya
February 2nd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Ne, but they are quite persistent. The man waited for me to drink my Sparkling Ribena, you know. (o_o) It took me awhile to finish it and could think of all sorts of nonsense in that moment. Either he’s a very patient man or eager. (_ _)
Ne, has Krayle been approached by these scouters?

3.  krayle
February 3rd, 2010 at 2:30 am

has been approached, but i have a fierce face so they don’t dare stay long! xDD

4.  Ms Aya
February 5th, 2010 at 11:43 am

(o_o)lll
Krayle no koto ga kowai yo.

5.  krayle
February 5th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

はい、とても怖いですよ!:DDD

6.  Yozka
July 21st, 2010 at 5:05 pm

lovely blog (:

“Baa…I want to be an influential and informative blogger~! /” and this is so cute haha (x

gambatehh (:

7.  Ms Aya
July 22nd, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Dear Yozka

Thanks for dropping by~!

Hahaha, Hai! Ganbarimasu! (Laughs) XD

8.  vyan
August 6th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

i was aproach by I MOdels holdings at bugis.
it’s a woman. and she ask for my name and my number.
and they just call me yesterday to have an interview at clarke quay.
and i just answer ok.
could you guys give me some tips how to reject them ?
i wonder if they will keep on calling me and ask me to join them.

9.  Ms Aya
August 7th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Dear Vyan

I don’t think they are very persistent. If you don’t want to go and have no interest at all, you don’t have to. After all you are not obliged to show up and it’s not like they are paying you money, right? (.__.)

10.  Violetta
August 13th, 2010 at 10:57 am

Thank you for writing this up…’cus now I know that those people at the mrt stations and orchard areas are scammers.All the best!!Ur really a great blogger! ><
"I got approached twice in orchard T.T"

11.  Ms Aya
August 15th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Thanks~ Doing my best to be a good blogger!

Hahaha~ Scammers… I think they are misleading…and not exactly truthful…
Haven’t really heard of anyone gaining anything from their service.

12.  Zall
August 29th, 2010 at 12:44 am

Hello! Glad i found this blog. I was also approached at Bugis by a guy from i model agency. lols.
exactly like how you described. a tap on the shoulder followed by a very convincing self introduction.
anyway ive decided not go for for it. fyi, im a guy. haha

13.  Ms Aya
August 29th, 2010 at 1:11 am

Dear Mister Zall

Wow…They are still at it…

They have been going on for quite a long time already. But never really heard or read anyone saying they are good and credible..

Oh well, hope that if such an opportunity like this come by for you again, it will be legitimate and — not a waste of your time and money.

14.  joyce
October 7th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

i just got approached today at bugis and then i found this blog.. Thanks for your blog post! i guess i have to think of reasons for not going down to the interview.. Although i am interested in modelling too. But i won’t spend so much money. =x

15.  :D
November 10th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I got approached twice. Once at Dhoby Ghaut and once ysd at Orchard (th woman that approached me was from China).
Both from i Models and they gave me name cards.
Then a guy called me today and asked me to go to Clark Quay tmr.
Should I go?

16.  Ms Aya
November 13th, 2010 at 9:45 am

Well….Anyone who is interested in modelling, you can just go ahead..Just remember not to act out of impulse and make sure the agency don’t short change you of anything.

From the above, it’s just based on what I’ve found on the Internet and what I felt and thought when I was approached by them.

And…Whoa…They are still at it? (o_o)

In any circumstances, be careful ok? (^-^)

17.  FOOLME
November 24th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

never go I MODELS HOLDING PTE LTD.
i was misled & paid xxxx . I did go for the phototaking. I file SCT on them & pending for court case. They turned you off after got the $. They are fake model agency

18.  Ms Aya
November 25th, 2010 at 9:56 am

Dear Foolme

Oh my… (o_O) We have one unfortunate person here now.

And till now, there isn’t much good word about this model agency…

19.  FOOLME
November 29th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Sori typo error. I DID NOT GO for the phototaking. I am filing false claims on them. pls pray for me i will convince the judge to ask them to pay me back my money. They are notorious, cunning , scheming & use physiological effect to wear you down first so that when you are tired, you let your guard off. Beware. The Police no use, said non of their business. So we consumer must be careful esp young girls who easily flatter by their empty promises or hynotise.

20.  Ms Aya
November 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

False claims? If they did take you money it shouldn’t be called a false claim, right? (@_@) You do have something against them.

21.  foolme
December 1st, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I am not filing SCT against them. A lot of preparation need to be done since it is DIY. I only can say , NEVER step into their premise cos’ i believe they did some kind of black magic to hypnotise or brainwash you. Once you out of their place, you suddenly become clear in mind but that is too late. Nevertheless, i believe justice will prevail. this I MODELS company very cunning. They changed their company name to escape ppl detection/trace on their record so you see what you see in their website /job advertisment are only hoax, they made ppl believe they are runnning a legal busines but in the dark,they conduct very unscupulous businesses to lure ppl to fall into their scam. Also dont just post in BLOGS – if anyone of you experience such scam from them, i encourage you take up SCT against them. pls also do your homeward when you file SCT as it can be tedious & can drain you down, but a word of encouragement to myself -DONT GIVE UP & LET THEM GO EASILY. We will fight back

22.  foolme
December 1st, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Ai ya again typor error. I MEAN I AM FILING A CLAIM under SCT against I MODELS HOLDING PTE LTD.
Since no lawyer is allow, a lot of DIY. I only can say , NEVER step into their premise cos’ i believe they did some kind of black magic to hypnotise or brainwash you. Once you out of their place, you suddenly become clear in mind but that is too late. Nevertheless, i believe justice will prevail. this I MODELS company very cunning. They changed their company name to escape ppl detection/trace on their record so you see what you see in their website /job advertisment are only hoax, they made ppl believe they are runnning a legal busines but in the dark,they conduct very unscupulous businesses to lure ppl to fall into their scam. Also dont just post in BLOGS – if anyone of you experience such scam from them, i encourage you take up SCT against them. pls also do your homeward when you file SCT as it can be tedious & can drain you down, but a word of encouragement to myself -DONT GIVE UP & LET THEM GO EASILY. We will fight back

23.  Ms Aya
December 4th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Black magic? That’s a bit too much however, I think they are just too persuasive in talking people into joining their agency.

Good thing there are people who posted in forums to share their experience which they had with imodels. And yes, if there are victims, do fight back for your money. Sucks to spend a sum of money on a fake dream, right? (-__-)/

24.  Haruka
December 7th, 2010 at 10:21 am

dear foolme
actually i also experienced same thing, just few day ago i went for interview and photo shooting and it cost me over 2xxxk now after i read the post i felt so stress , i though they cheat me.i really don’t know what should i do. anyway i am foreigner, not understand law in singapore. thx
i hope you will reply me.

25.  Devon
December 7th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hey I was approached today at Bugis, and the person asked me to go to their office at Clark Quay, at the Central I guess. I didn’t go because I saw your blog. So are they really a scam? Are there any successful models from this agency??

26.  Haruka
December 7th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

i don’t think so because after i search from internet they says that it totally scam and even if we got the job they will pay as really bad. above of that they try to persuade you…

27.  foolme
December 8th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Dear Aya, i 100% sure they did BLACK MAGIC, not just persuaiveness so simply, if you dont believe me, you go to their company & experience yourself. Once you are in there, you are totally under their control, i can’t explain why.
Dear Haruka
I also stressed like you but i tell myself dont give up. Actually somebody filed SCT against I MODELS a few years ago. So this is not new. Before you file SCT against the co., do your homework first. Did they pressure you on signing the package or said something to make you believe & later didn’t deliver their promises…etc if so, you have a better chance against I MODELS HOLDING PTE LTD. I suggest you go SCT directly. You must know your consumer rights . Go to website:http://app.mti.gov.sg/default.asp?id=565. If you need some legal advice, go :http://www.lawsociety.org.sg/probono/criminal_legal_aid_scheme/pdf/Legal%20Clinics%20List.pdf & seek FOC legal advice.
No harm trying.
I hope to help you as well.
I also suffered a $$$$ too but i rather inform all before more ppl get con by them. I don’t want you become a victim like me. Hope that helps. Dont give up. You can DO IT.

I can bet with you, the co. also reading our blogs so they will change tactics …etc. So you be careful.

28.  foolme
December 8th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Dear Haruka
I hope not to dampen your spirit but i need to tell you that I also checked this IMODELS charge exorbitant prices on the phototaking fee, i think about 5 times more expensive than outside professional fees. You may use this reason in SCT against them. I really very angry at this co. Not only they use unscrupulous sales tactics, they also very cunning and no moral value. Even if you got any modelling job from them, i bet they will ask you accept to those like car model i.e. wear skimpy clothing..etc to make you reject the assignment so that they can say they give you the job but you reject them.. so they hv excuse to cover their backside. Dont upset over the $$$$ (i also suffer the same $$$$ like you) but i hope to encourage you to SCT on them. at least in the SCT ,they will hv some black records . The law will keep this record for 10years or so. (i think so). so fight back, otherwise they continue to cheat ppl & think all of us so stupid & earn our hardearn $ so easily. All the best to you. DONT GIVE UP.

29.  Ms Aya
December 8th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

< @_@> Owkay..
I’ve never gone over to the office and have absolutely no intentions of doing so because firstly, not into modelling. Secondly, for the fun of it..I did some online search regarding the agency and couldn’t find any good feedbacks.
The Internet is vast but I’m not going to purposely dig up a promising review on this matter because if majority of the results are negative, what for then?

By the way, after a photoshooting with them, do you get hold of your portfolio?

30.  foolme
December 8th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Nope. their so called portfolio is only CD-ROM- i think cost less than $5. Come to think of it, i also at fault for being so vain but life goes on. Right now, I want to help the rest ie send out this clear message to warn & alert those ppl not to be caught up in such situation like me.
Not only $ lose, you pictures also become their copyright – where got such things one – i pay for the phototaking yet i only get CD rom & the co. got the copyright to use my photos without my permission. Good deal isn’t it. No wonder they can rent posh places like Clark quay or orcharde to make ppl believe they run a legal business but in actual fact , they are A CHEAT. So moral of this story- DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. THE UNDERLYING TRUTH IS THEY ARE A SWINDLER. BEWARE

31.  Ms Aya
December 8th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Dear Foolme

The hell? You don’t even get a hard copy for yourself? Sounds like they disowned you totally after taking your pictures and your money!

At least with a hard copy port folio, you can make use of it yourself.

They are really misleading that way!

Don’t beat yourself up. They should never lure people using this method and such unfair terms and conditions!

32.  foolme
December 8th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Ya i didnt have a hardcopy at all. which is why i am very angry at their dishonesty and exorbitant prices. I hope Haruka or whoever cheat, take a bold steps to file SCT against them if you feel you are being conned by them. Win or not is not an issue (cos’ you already paid up they wont return you the $ at all). Most importantly let them hv a bad name in the court file. Otherwise more ppl will get cheated by them, trust me esp now festive season being ppl are more willing to spend & sometime didn’t think carefully . But the time they realise it is a scam, it’s too late. Beside Imodels, they have another co. at Orchard road , i think it is called Create Talents P/L.

33.  Silvermint
December 11th, 2010 at 10:44 am

I’m so glad I found this blog. I was also approached by with a tap on the shoulder at Bugis. They called me down for an interview later this afternoon. I was planning to go just to find out more, but thought I should check out the forums first. Thanks to everyone who posted! I can now call to cancel and save myself a trip down. All the info I need is right here =)

34.  Silvermint
December 11th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Just a little update after calling to cancel my interview appointment. The lady who picked up the line had a chirpy voice until I told her that I won’t be going down as I got to know I’ll have to pay for a portfolio. And its not something I’m interested in. Her voice went flat but politely replied that I can always call again if I changed my mind.

35.  Ms Aya
December 11th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Dear Foolme

Well, I’m sure people will speak up and make complaints to the court. If people viral this word of cautious, sooner or later this agency (and probably their other co) will die out.

From the way they make their contact, it’s make one suspicious enough to gather information before going to their office.

—————————————

Dear Silvermint

Good thing the operator did not persistently persuade you. It would be very hard to get out of that. (x__x) Hahaha.. But yea, according to many, it seems imodels is a misleading company. So better to stay away from them?

36.  Phyillisssss.
December 11th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I’ve just been approached by Imodels and I’m wondering if it’s a scam?

37.  YL
December 12th, 2010 at 12:24 am

Thanks for this blog, now I know that Imodels IS A SCAM! it’s a disgrace of them doing business this way.

Just so you know I wasn’t being approached or anything, but I’m a high-fashion editorial photographer who just moved to SG and looking for new opportunity. When I saw their ad of photographer position, I immediately researched and found this blog ( big thanks!).
I don’t appreciate dishonest people, and i don’t want to be part of this so called company…Imodels should be sued!

38.  YH
December 12th, 2010 at 1:41 am

woohoo , i just went for imodel interview at clarke quay today and they ask me to do a portfolio for $1670 ! woo it’s like 3 times more ex than outside ! LUCKILY i offered to pay on the day of photo taking which fall on ths coming tuesday! after reading this blog , i’ve decided not to go hahaha !

seriously, while they’re talking to you , everything sounds perfect ! you got to get out of the place and think rationally if there will be a free lunch in this world!

web -> imodelsholdings.com

39.  Haruka
December 12th, 2010 at 11:00 am

dear fool me
how long have you wait for your first assignment after you finish your photo taking ??? first if you come down for interview they will explain all good things for the job, but after they take your money they will forget about you.

40.  Silvermint
December 12th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Hi Ms Aya,

I think the operator knows that she has no way of convincing me over the phone =p I cannot say that they are scammers as I did not go down personally. But I believe what everyone shared here.

I would say that if anyone really wants to go down to find out more, I would recommend:

1)not bringing credit cards, too much cash along, so that even if u get convinced, u’ll still have an excuse to leave the place first to have some time to think about it.

2) Pretend that you’re meeting someone right after the interview so that you can have an exit plan. Would be more convincing if get someone to give you a call about half an hour into interview time.

That’s how I normally deal with such situations. Thought I’ll share it in case it comes in handy.

But of cos, I agree that the best would be to just simply not go down.

41.  foolme
December 14th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Dear Haruka
Actually i dun want to talk about it anymore. I made myself a stupid fool & broke during this festive time which is suppose to be merry & thankgiving but i ended up like that. I think the bottomline is :Ignore those scouts & NEVER GIVE THEM YR # or GO TO THEIR PLACE. So you wont be cheated. They already mastered cheating skills so well that it is very difficult for us to defend such ‘attacks” esp. when they hit the right spots of your soul so you parted yr $ easily , thinking you have the “X-factor” but in actual fact , they have last laugh at us for being so stupid and easily believe i them. i think best resorts: Ignore those scouts or dont give your # or go to their place at all. so we will not be cheated & heartpain.
Btw, no point crying over spilt milk. I learnt a painful lesson thru this incident. I hope they will have a taste of their medicine ONE DAY.
You take care & dont ponder over my comments. I wont write anymore. I very sian…
I hope more ppl will read this blogs to guard this co. which is aggressive in scoutings. Be careful.

42.  Haruka
December 15th, 2010 at 1:32 am

thank you for reply my message, here same to feel regret. it was very expensive lesson i got in my life, never easily believe people. i feel depress too. this whole week i just keep thinking how i am stupidly believe them and spend all my hard work to earn money and blindly give all to them.

for all of you who fortunately read this message please learn from my experience, never visit their place!

just few days ago i went to Bugis and agent from i models asking my contact, i feel really sick of it. i just ignore them, but i saw there are around 3 people in a group moving around and ask for contacts and a lots of people give their contact, so please ignore them and never let your guard down.

43.  starstar
December 15th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Hi all,
Me too encounter same thing approach by a gal in bugis last sat. last nite i went went down for interview and i paid for the deposit. now i found this blog n know abt it is scam.. can i get back my money of the deposit 1+++ out of total 2+++? i have call them to cancel my photo shooting tonite. can anyone help me to get back my deposit? i feel so strress now.. can anyone help me?

44.  foolme
December 15th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

star star
u liao lah. Trust me , they won’t refund you a single $ but instead forfeit them completely or even ask you to pay the bal $. dun be scare by them. be brave. why didnt u read our blogs 1st b4 paying. I felt so heartpain for you although it is not my $.. I think u go thru my previous comments & see if it is helpful to you.I bet this co. is also reading our blogs so they will try to find out & ‘taro’ whose this fellow so busybody & spoil their $ spinning cheating scam & may even get some ppl to teach this ‘clever’ fellow a lesson. Dun say i see too much TV drama.this can happen. I already said before. this co. no moral value, who care u dead or alive, as long i got $, i am KING & do anything i want but not by myself but engage someone la.. MONEY MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND. That’s why $ can be evil tool to get ppl do harmful things to others. i thought i wont write anymore but i felt so sorry 4 u & hope to help u out.so i continue to write to get u some ideas how to work on it. hope it helps. the game is just started, fight back as i said , although this battle is tough & steepy. u can do it

45.  starstar
December 15th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

hi foolme,
thanks for ur reply.. sob sob.. tomolo nite i will be going down to talk to him and i wan to get back my money! I thought there is one consumer act that we can get full refund as long as is with the 5 days as we can cancel right?
i feel so sad now… sobsob

46.  Ms Aya
December 15th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Silvermint just pointed out a very good method to safe guard yourself from losing money. That is:

1)not bringing credit cards, too much cash along, so that even if u get convinced, u’ll still have an excuse to leave the place first to have some time to think about it.

However as for those who already paid…Oh dear…What can be done?

Star Star, did you sign any contract already? Try bringing a friend (preferably a male companion or someone who knows how this industry works). With a friend, you won’t get beaten down so easily.

47.  MoonMoon
December 16th, 2010 at 1:25 am

Hi Aya,
Star Star had already sing the bloody contract. Now can I ask for those get cheated by the I-Model, will you all stand up and against that I-Model agency ? I trying to get those that got cheated by I-Model to launch a major conmplant to the authories so that actions will be done and all will get back their money. From my understanding, there might be some hope of those to get scam to get back their money.

48.  BB
December 16th, 2010 at 9:47 am

Dear All
Just happened to saw this blog.hope to share my painful experience with all about this imodels co. 2 years ago, I was sweettalked about modelling promises and paid 4 digits figure for my portfolio fee but i didnt get any modelling jobs after that. I went to the co. to complain & they said modelling job no guarantee . They pushed away all responsibility after getting the portfolio money from me. I went to Case to complain this imodels for cheating. Case asked me to go small claims tribunals. I went small claims tribunals to file my case. My case was dismissed as i didnt have sufficient documents and evidence to support my claims against this co. (the court want written evidence like a contract from both parties but i was not given any anything or contract from this co except the receipt.), so my case was thrown out by the court . I was very depressed and felt unjustice. I also think i made a mistake without asking the contract from this co. So before all of you file to small claims tribunals , please ensure you gather the contracts or relevant documentations to support yr case. So that you stand a higher chance to get back your money. Also group complaints are more effective than loose complaints. Try to find a way to stop this co. scrupulous business tactics. Pls note the filing the claim must be done within 1 year time. So act fast if want to minimise your lossess. I agreed Moon Moon suggestion, for those of you who are cheated, meet up and discussed solution. Take the necessary steps together & complain to respective authorities. For those cheated one, i hope you can will get back some money. All the best to all. Good luck !

49.  Kiwy
December 20th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I found them from newspaper and just make the appointment for tomorrow.Thank God I found this blog before I go!!! and I would never step in!
Gambateh for all who wants to make a complaint! This kind of behavior should be prohibited!

50.  OMG
December 21st, 2010 at 12:17 am

Teenagers, do not get suck-in by their schemes. They will ask you to bring your parents, so that your parents can pay for you. Minimum $990 to thousands of dollars. PLEASE BEWARE!!!

51.  angel
December 27th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

hi..
my bro had jus been approached at bugis few days ago..
they checked his facebook n asked him to go photoshoot.
Say no need to pay anything.
by imodelholding.
Think he shld go?

52.  Ms Aya
December 28th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Dear Angel

Based on all the comments above, I should think it’s best that you bro don’t go for this photoshoot. There is more notorious remarks on imodels than any good.

53.  stupidme
January 15th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I was just fooled today!!!!! paid xxxx, fxxk them… how to contact with you guys???

54.  stupidme
January 15th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

i am supposed to do the photoshot next monday, and of coz i also don’t have a contract in my hand…so what should I do if I go to see them next Monday?

55.  Van van
February 14th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I got approached at tampines interchange and received their call today to go for the interview…after reading this blog I think I better not go for the interview…

56.  Sugarsweeeeets
February 21st, 2011 at 6:36 am

I got approached at Bugis last week and they called me for an interview at Clarke Quay. The guy really made everything sounded so attractive. But I had to pay like 490 to get the portfolio done. I was asked to pay a deposit first. Luckily I was smart enough not to pay up. I told the guy that I will make payment during my next trip for the photoshoot, which will be like two weeks later. All these time, I’m still thinking if they are scams. Thank God I found this website before making a trip there for the photoshoot. That day he sounded afraid that I would change my mind and back out. I wonder if I should ignore/pick up his calls when he calls me. And if I pick up, what should I say. Although I didn’t lose anything, I just feel like confronting him. I’m just not happy with the way they scam. After reading every single comments, it changed my mind, totally! Thanks people!

57.  starstar
March 1st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Hi all and BB,
tomorrow i will be going to court. How to contact u all? as i need u all help before going to court tomorrow.. because i am sure i model will defence themselve as what we write here isnt true.. i really need u all help..
please give me ur contact… do email
me at rilakkuma.ng@gmail.com

58.  whitilicious
March 5th, 2011 at 1:29 am

omg. i was just approached at tampines interchange too! but i didn’t hear a word the lady was saying to me(probably her promoting her co.’s services).
thanks for letting me know imodels is a scam

59.  YOYO
March 13th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Like most of you has said I was approached by a lady from i Models holdings 2 weeks ago. Was kind of curious when I went down. Yes, i did pay for my portfolio coz I was told that i would probably be able to pick up freelance jobs for as long as i want… Yes, i was kind of uncomfortable when I paid – cos thats a significant amt of my savings… But! I think it is worth it cos i models got a job for me to shoot with the jap group SMAP at marina bay sands recently! hee.. its a small role but its also a eye- opener!

60.  Vain
March 14th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Oh god I’m actually running out to deliberate my decision as i feel weird he is being quite pushy from their office and drinking chamomile in Starbucks to calm myself an thank god for this forum I haven’t pay anything. But still kinda grieve cuz I thought I really could freelance modeling. This scam has to be told to the public. Many innocent young girls there!

61.  Vain
March 14th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

YOYO are u serious u didn’t get cheated?

62.  Ms Aya
March 16th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Mmm…1 had success with imodels holding while many didn’t.

I’d say — Please be mindful of your decision on this matter. Good luck!

63.  YOYO
March 18th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

AYA I LOVE YOUR DRAWINGS!!! V talented! I love manga too!!

64.  YOYO
March 18th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

a while back i also went to SCT because i tot i was cheated. after i models , i went to new experience to look see and the fat guy from new experience agency told me that i models holdings is a scam. so i stupidly wasted my time to go through the lengthy process of claiming only to find out that the claim was not valid because the receipt said it was not refundable. but after the incident, the people from imodels talk to me and told me that the more “worth-it” way is to continue with the portfolio shoot. I really was at a loss cos i really tot i’m being cheated. but then i cannot do anything already le. so i carry-on… Turns out that everything is authentic. so i am lucky! but hor i think new experience is a scam. that fat guy keep calling me if i go SCT but neber call me for jobs at all.

65.  GP
March 20th, 2011 at 4:21 am

Yop everyone ;-)

As many of you I’ve been also approached few days ago by a young girl at Bugis. Kinda curious but not dupe I went to their office earlier today to check it out. FYI I’m a french caucasian guy of 29 yo. Well, from my experience I would say they are not what we can call a scam but rather a non-selective agency. It means they will just take advantage of this dream largely shared by all of you girls : TO BE A MODEL. So don’t expect them to tell you straight away if you fit or not the profile, they will just let you believe it and try to sell you this famous portfolio package.

Back in Paris you’ve got many small agencies using the same way to make business, so don’t be fool…you should know that when someone is prospecting you it means they’re trying to sell you something before really offering you something. I’m pretty sure some of the people which have signed-up (paid) to this imodelsholdings agency get few jobs but for sure the ratio might be very small.

Now I will say : BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, I mean no offense but com’on girls, I’m sure you’re reading a lot of those fashion magazines and as you have figured out, all the girls in the pics match a specific profile : height, waist, hip and sharp face features. Then don’t let people let you believe you can be a model if you know (deep inside you) that you are not fitting the profile. Sorry to say the truth but better to be honest with yourself than letting people (mostly guys hihi) take advantage of your weakness.

Now I’m curious of something, it’s why I’m posting actually. They first offered me a 1 year contract, in which I have to commit and be there whenever there is a job and whatever is the job. No fees if I sign-up a contract, I mean the portfolio package is free. Unfortunately I cannot fully commit since I already got a job. Then after that they were offering as a freelancer with this pricy portfolio package. But no way I pay anything since I’m doing that for fun. I know that I’ve got the profile for modeling (yeah I certainly sound quite self-centered but well I’m pretty lucky with my face and I work-out hard to be in shape). My question is, did someone here get also this contract offer ?! If yes, have you any idea of the terms. Thanks.

Take care all of you and be strong.

66.  Ms Aya
March 25th, 2011 at 9:29 am

Well, I think that imodels are simply searching for models — anyone who is willing to pay for their portfolio but when it comes to actually referring their scouted models to real jobs, they are not that efficient?

It’s like they gather an army of models but no location to post them to.

Well GP is right on being honest with yourself. If you know you are not cut out to be a model, don’t go for it. Because these scouts don’t seem to be looking for real models — just anybody who is willing to get a portfolio.

Oh, thanks Yoyo! XD I like drawing sometimes.

67.  saran.reef
March 25th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

thk for this blog ,, i’m safe right now

68.  Kitty
April 2nd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I was approached by a lady too. I am listening to my music so i didn’t pay much attention to wat the lady is saying. So i thought it was a scam or wad & i give her my old no.(which is not in use anymore) XD Lucky i never give her my real no.

69.  MD
April 9th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

they are still very active right now.. i juz gt a tap on my shoulder today at bugis.. i think that i am so foolish right now to gave them my hp num.. i think this matter should nt juz discuss in this blog.. every youngsters should know it so that they don’t get cheated or scamed.. n i have tried to vissit their website bt it is just a blank page.. which means, this agencies somehow can’t b trusted.. its better to just recycle their name cards and ignore their call.. god luck everyone..

70.  Sheryl1610
April 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Thankyou for your post! Just ytd my friends and I were scouted by them, imodels. Thought of finding out more about them and I found this blog, so happy that I read this. Its like another modelling agency at orchard, I was ask to pay an amount also, but I didn’t, like why would I? Haha. These people just make life for those who wants to be a model so hard huh.

71.  Kenny
April 16th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

thank GOD, was approached last month, im from Seremban Malaysia. I went for the interview today, the interviewer, her name is Joan, she was reaaalllyy nice and genuine, she brought me next door into the marketing department with all the upcoming projects on the wall..

she measured me, height and weight. And told me tons of stuff like the difference between contract models and free lance models. and then VOILA! you need to pay SGD890-1500 for portfolio, i was so convinced.. Thank god i saw this blog.

but what if it is real?? I’m so tempted.. all the brands were big and geniuine..

72.  Ms Aya
April 16th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

To all who are tempted to take their chances with imodels/other agencies..

Having the confidence in your looks is one thing. But I strongly urge you to be well acquainted with the agents and know your rights with them in and out.

Like how reliable are they as your middleman, how efficient are they in getting assignments for you, what and where are their sources..etc.

If possible, strike a deal with them. Tell them if they can’t get you a job in a month or so, they must refund your money for their inefficiency.

Get this down in paper and suppose they tell you there is no such deal — Tell them there is now!

73.  starstar
April 21st, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Hi, can i know how to contact u all? and i am going to the small claim for the court case soon to get my money back. Can i contact with u all for the supports? i really need your help….kindly please help by emailing ur contact to me to rilakkuma.ng@gmail.com
thanks a lot if u all can help me

74.  Michelle
April 21st, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I got approached last week at bugis hahaha they thought they can cheat me but NO haha this lady asked for my number and name. I gave her a fake number and “Amanda” as my name. Who’s cheating who now huh? :D

75.  Fishie
April 29th, 2011 at 12:35 am

Got approached today at bugis. I dont think its a scam cause its very normal for a agency to have the need of finding new models, n to ‘sell’ a model to a client, they need a portfolio to show. The sum might work for those who haven’t got a portfolio n need one to get a headstart in their interest of modelling. Otherwise i think normally if the client spot u first, or u have got other prev experience, u wuld have a portfolio alr, or dnt need one.
But the sum is not small, i would say go only if u’re really interested to venture into modelling. :) It’s not easy to live as a model i guess. N btw, there are many agencies out there, so take your pick.

76.  Paulo
May 3rd, 2011 at 1:30 am

Hi i am paulo im only like 20, i was approached at the mrt station near ion by a girl 3 days ago she walked up to me and talked to me i wasn’t really paying attention to what she was saying but when she gave me her card i was taken back at first cause i was surprised it was a modeling agency. ( i am from the Philippines btw ) i am planning on studying in singapore so i thought it be a great side job and since i didn’t have time to check the net i payed them a visit. i actually work for a modeling agency well im the being trained by the owner of an agency in the phl well cause i wanna set up a an advertising firm and he wants to give me all his contacts anyway. from where i come from not all who apply for an agency and has a portfolio gets a job cause you are up against other would be models like you in imodels and any modeling agency for a project like what GP said you have to know yourself you are model material that you look good and people know you look good cause lets face it its the number one hing you must have in modeling other than height and build everything GP said i totally agree

anyway i went to the interview and a guy talked to me he showed all the projects they have done and made me convert the amount of money i might earn and he showed me the board too and well pretty much all the sales talk you can think he gave me a choice i either i do free lance and i get all my Talent fee but i pay for my portfolio which was as you all know really expensive or i sign contract and they get 50% of my talent fee but they pay for my porfolio shoot and idnt really have to do anything they will get as far as i remember a hairstylist a designer and a make up artist for the shoot and some bunch of stuff bought training me to be a proper model but they will own me for 2 yrs which is kinda harsh.

actually it makes sense that they dont really prioritize free lance cause if ur free lance you might jump shift and go to different agency but it really is unfair they didnt even give the people who paid that really expensive shoot any jobs or even a go see . well im not really fond of modeling but i do know i have what it takes sorry for sounding self centered but really i do look good and i have a pretty good built,

actually i was thinking about this whole thing and im glad i saw this but i think ill pay them one more visit i wanna see the terms of that contract the contract though risky makes them liable to you if you sign it cause as far as i remember a breach in contract amounts to 10,000 dollars thats what he said to me that goes for them too. though signing the contract will give them the power to sign you up to any jobs and you cant refuse it if the jobs are not anything nude or gay then it will be fine.

when i get my hands on the contract ill tell you all bout it anyway free lance thing was a very big risk sorry but i agree that they cant give you back the money cause it happened already and you should have known that it was a long shot at best.

thanks for all your views on this agency i think i got a better view of what they really are.

btw anyone can suggest a good business school in singapore?

77.  Mrstudent
May 13th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Thanks for having this blog!! I was approached by one of them today at orchard area and lady noted my details on a notepad. I noticed there are several other names there as well! Hope that they will look at this blog as well!

78.  NJ
May 13th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Thank you so much for having written this blog post. I was totally taken aback by the sudden approach and had my doubts due to the fact that it was so random.

Hey Mrstudent, apparently I was approached by imodels today as well at orchard mrt, a petite chinese female right? Really hope whoever she approached today will start searching and find this blog as well (:

79.  Ms Aya
May 14th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I’m amazed they are still active in recruiting through this method!

Well instead of viewing them as a model agency, they seem more like portfolio builders/photo-shooters. Getting you a modeling job is just a side dish. (-__-)

80.  ryan
May 19th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

yes, they are still around. Just approached me an hours ago at bugis junction. this is the 4th times that so called ‘model agency’ approached me. Thus i decided to give my name & contact and let’s see what they can do.

After reading this post, I’m gonna reject any proposal/interview they make. LOL.

thx aya

81.  PG
May 21st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

oh my god like after so many years at bugis i finally encountered them. This blog shd be be as hot as TPL so everyone knows and down down down they go. unfortunately i gave my no and im so not going to answer. YES ITS A chinese woman that isn very tall. sinners they gonna burn.

82.  MOJO
May 25th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I am supposed to go down for their interview in abt half an hours time but after reading this I am quite certain that i wont be going alr. Was contacted by another agency called create talents too and i went for their interview, they wanted me to pay 870 for a photoshoot. as that was my first time, i was very confused and frankly speaking qt tempted too. Luckily, i rejected them at last, THANK GOD MAN. Thanks Aya for saving all the potential victims out there.

83.  porkypig
May 26th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

hi everyone,

same here, I was approached at Bugis and I’ve never been interested in modelling at all. but being a bit strapped for cash right now despite having a full-time job I gave them my number and went for the interview just to find out abit more about the modelling industry.

I spoke to Joan too, she was nice and very convincing and I was almost tempted to sign a freelance contract while she had a photoshoot arranged for next week. thankfully, I had a dinner appt with friends for which I was late and they kept calling, so I had an excuse to scoot off without signing the contract nor paying anything- supposed to do that on the photoshoot day itself.

anyway throughout the whole thing, I was always quite skeptical at the back of my mind despite all the sugary talk and promises of this and that project with, yes, big companies… like banks, coffee commercials, etc.

I agree with those of you who said that iModels is not a scam but rather an agency who recruits alot to get portfolio money and then unable to get jobs for these people. imagine, if they have such a wide database with so much ongoing recruitment, what is the likelihood of getting a job? unless you are seriously like the cream of the crop. or really lucky.

anyway, after reading this blog post and all these comments, I’m now convinced that going for the photoshoot would be a waste of time and money (portfolios with them range from $490 to the thousands) and am going to cancel the photoshoot, or simply not answer their calls :P

so unless you really aspire to be a model and are willing to wait it out indefinitely till you get called for a project, don’t bother wasting your precious time and money which could be better spent on other more legitimate jobs. other jobs might not be fast cash, but they won’t lose you money unneccessarily but instead guarantee earnings, albeit slowly.

cheers y’all and all the best in life!

84.  bearbear
May 28th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Hi Aya
Thanks for sharing this! Im a 16yo guy and was approached by this china lady at bugis juction there. She just came up to me and blabbed a string of words i dun understand and asked for my details. From the namecard, shes also frm imodels, Im changing my mine about the ‘job opportunity’, was quite shocked that they have such bad taste to pick me, haha xD Too good to be true. I also saw quite a number of names there with girls ranging from 15 to 20+, so people, becareful of them!

85.  PoopyPoop
June 1st, 2011 at 7:18 pm

HAHAHAHA! bearbear, I thought the same as well! I got approached at Bugis some time ago and they just called for me to go to an interview tomorrow. I was still :O because I’m rather short so how is it freaking possible in the first place until I saw this!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! HAHAHA

86.  ELF
July 12th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Hey everyone, i really regretted for not seeing this blog earlier.. i was scouted by a lady when i was walking around bugis street with my friend few months ago. i thought she was interested in my friend as i was just wearing a normal tshirt n shorts and without makeup that day.. i left my number to them thinking that they wouldn’t contact me.. but who knows they called me to go down for an interview few days later.. i was shocked but yet feeling excited, wondering why would i been chosen? i asked my mum if i should go and as supportive as she is, she told me to give it a try.. so i went and the guy was really convincing about how good their models will turn out to be.. when i was asked to pay a deposit, i told them that i’ll consider about as i dont have much money with me.. i’m only 18 this year, from johor bahru.. i came to singapore for only a month that time.. he recommended me to shoot a portfolio with 10 outfits for $1090.. i told him i wanna take the cheapest one, which consists of only 5 outfits as im still new to modelling.. i was having a had time with my daily pocket money as i gave up 2 months of my pocket money just for the photoshoot.. i’ve only taken 6 outfits so far n all i got was a cd-rom… furthermore, i still cannot get any pay now as we have to deduct $500 marketing fees from our jobs first.. now i’m still worrying if a malaysian student can work in singapore without a working permit? i only have a student pass and i only learnt about it when i got my student pass that we are not allowed to work in singapore… the agency knows that im a foreigner but they did not tell me about that.. i dare not tell my parents how much i’ve paid in total just for this agency.. i feel like crying when i think about it everytime… thanks for allowing me to drop a comment here and pardon me for writing so much T.T

87.  Ms Aya
July 15th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

It’s okee Elf.

It’s good and considerate of you to write out your modeling agency experience for others to read. You are in a way helping and warning the others who might become victims like you.

It’s really a pain to part away with such a big amount of money to something that is unlikely to really happen!

I wish that despite this horrible and painful experience, you will get something good in return — you know.. a blessing in disguise?

To all peeps, thanks for sharing your experience about these modeling agencies. If not for you, many would still be unaware and get ‘robbed’ in a way.

88.  meow x2
July 15th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

wow,i was searching ’bout this co. and found this blog,sespected it’s a scam!!

2day i just got deir name card by a lady outside orchard mrt!!

1st time i omost cheat by these so call ‘models’ co.’ was 2 yrs ago but luckily i oso found some ppl comment ’bout dey do scam!!

And 2day I got this 3 times at different places,bugis,orchard,ang mo kio

Yes,it’s exactly the same method!! how can dey still in the same place with the same sentence and not be caught or control by justice?!! sianz ._.

89.  meow x2
July 15th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

3rd times**

90.  mee
July 16th, 2011 at 1:25 am

i got approached 3 times as well, n finally went down to it’s office.
went through a whole hour of ‘lecture’ and being shown their so called ‘projects’ by this guy named Sky.
told them i will get give them an answer after a few days, after being pushed to make decision asap.
thank God i found this blog..and i’m very sure now that they are full of scam!!

91.  FY
July 17th, 2011 at 3:42 am

Oh my!~ Thank God that I’ve read this Blog! I was approached by a china lady with a tap on the shoulder at Bugis Junction a few months ago too. Despite having discussed with my friends and that one of friends suggested to me that it might be a scam, I ignore and went down to their workplace at Clarke Quay. Then there was this male consultant who explain to me everything and cleared every doubts i had. He told me that they were authorized to look out for models along the streets /anywhere in Singapore. He even told me that they will ensure me to be able to clinch a deal with advertisers, eg. If i wasn’t offered any jobs by the advertisers, I could informed them and they will make arrangements for me so that i can be shoot in an advertisement. After reading the comments, I don’t really see them as scam, I would rather see them as a company with no integrity and moral to keep up to their promises. I was fortunate enough to have delayed the deal with them since I have to prepared for my examinations. Right now, I have made up my mind to reject their offers. The deal and benefits seem luring but it’s just seems like “tiger trap”, isn’t it? I really hope that innocent people would check out online before agreeing to their terms, having to pay a large sum of hard-earned money. However, I am not suggesting that what they are doing might be fraud/scam, I’m just voicing my opinions. Just a kind reminder, everyone should be mindful of what they say as what you are doing/saying might be against the laws in Singapore(you can check it out) as there are issues whereby people got into jail for what they had voiced online. (Apologizes if I have expressed myself badly in English/ was too long-winded). All in all, thanks for the blog! It really help though! (;

92.  jess
July 26th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

i was approached at tampines interchange for the 3rd time, and i still left them my contact number. the 1st 2 times they called i wasn’t free to answer, so i decided to answer if they called once again. but after reading blog, i’m not too sure as to whether should i go down for the shoot. i’ve did a photoshoot before at a makeover centre, and it costs around $400+ for the album plus some of my family photos. so a few thousand for outfits and shoots kinda ex right?

93.  LKhr
July 30th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I was approached too.. After reading all your comments. i decided not to go for it at all. Your blog is reall good. thanks = )

94.  Puremadness
August 12th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Hi, I was invited for an interview today for a customer service post that i saw on jobstreet with this company. I want to know if this is legit. I didn’t apply to be a model…pls help if i should go… thanks!

95.  RL
August 12th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

They are still active. I received the tap on shoulder and the name card (written DALON, project rep, i models holdings)

96.  Marnie R.
August 24th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I had my photoshoot two weeks ago and I already received a casting invenraging for a print ad commercial for emirates the flying industry
I have expirienced only good things with them by now and they aren’t scams

that is not true they are all very natural, friendly and professional
I mean if they would’t so
wine would have said a thing about it or a former model would have told it anybody don’t you think?

97.  Zid
August 25th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I got approached also 2 days ago at Jurong, new place to get new targets I guess, and they called me just like 2 hours ago, and made an appointment tomorrow. Luckily I saw this post, so I think I won’t go to them tomorrow. Thanks! :) and anyway, I’m a guy. They just target everyone I guess.

98.  TallBoi
September 8th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

hi ms aya! i am a 18 yr old dude and was approached by a imodel scout today at jurong point. was kinda surprise thn she say i quite tall (181cm) so she approach mi. i blur blur accept their card n gave them my hp no. now aft reading ur post, i’ll be sure to decline if they call. thanks for posting this! ^^

99.  annoyed
September 10th, 2011 at 1:03 am

was approached by some china whore from imodels at tampines. I think the way they catch u off guard makes u feel like doing what they say – “can i have ur number? Ur age?” so I gave them my number. But after reading this I’m so not gonna answer any calls.
Fuck scams. Singapore is so shitty with such people. Thank god for this blog.

100.  Eve
September 10th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Omg they are still at it!! I was stopped by this lady at Bugis and I was quite flattered, but since I don’t believe modeling talents are found this way I googled it and found your blog ^^ many thanks!

101.  Zhara
September 29th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Good work on this post, Aya. I think you are saving a lot of people from pain. And this page comes up second in the results after imodelsholdings own page.

FoolMe earlier said they use “black magic”… I actually do believe they may be using some kind of hypnosis (which is not magic but is effective). The reason is because I was there for three and a half hours yesterday but can’t remember what the salesman’s shirt looked like even whether it was short or long sleeved. I always remember these details and can remember what everyone else I spoke to yesterday wore. The reason is because looking back I realise I never looked away from his eyes the whole time except when he told me to look at the tv or the photos. Also he had just one coloured contact lens in which I have never seen before and is weird. It made one of his eyes look bigger than the other and I think it’s effect contributed to unbalancing me.

Anyway I never paid anything, saved by being constantly flat broke. lol.
But he had convinced me by the end of the session that he had a really good agency going with a real chance of success if I was to join. Also had made me feel like I could easily become a successful model if I went with him. And yet I should have been able to see a lot of things were not right, like the photography area I could see was absolutely tiny. It does look like they have a small number of genuinely successful models (who like all models and celebrities, either are thin, beautiful and started young, or have a very specific look that they can be a “personality” ) but I would imagine they make most of their profit from fleecing people on the photos.

Sorry to add such a long post. Just wanted to recommend once again not to go at all, as you will not be able to think for yourself in the studio. I also suspect whatever they do lasts a day or longer, as it took me until this morning to realise some things and I think I can still feel some effects now.

102.  xiang ning
October 11th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

i was approached by i models holdings too ytd. This is not the first time i was approached by them. Probably the 3rd time? 1st time i gave my number, 2 time ignore, 3 rd time just give them. After viewin on the comments that have to pay such amount for a cd rom potfolio, im quite shocked. Im not gonna pay such amount, but and still curious to take a look though :p

103.  JingYi
October 14th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Hey! I too got approached yesterday at Bugis Junction. I’ve already suspected something was wrong when they’re still interested in a 15 yr old girl(which is me) with no figure and not very pretty too. However, i still got a little surprised and excited when they were aking me. Luckily my friend said that imodelsholdings is not a good model agency due to them being notorious for scamming. So i decided to google and found this blog. I shall be “nice” and reject their interview on monday:)

104.  Justin
October 19th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Hey, that post was really interesting! Great work, I really like your style of writing!

105.  jjung
October 22nd, 2011 at 2:54 am

I got approached yesterday outside Ion by a Filipino woman in work attire. I noticed her from the corner of my eye because her colleague was nudging her over. Said I wasn’t interested. Then she quickly promised that she’ll only call once and if I’m still not interested, she’ll lay off.

So we’ll see.

106.  confused
October 25th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

after reading this blog,I am more relieved. However,why do they make their website so nice?Seem so professional.Is it rational to pay $1`000 plus for shoots? Is there any other options or agencies in Singapore that charge less than $50?

107.  annoyed
October 28th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Do u think scammers will put their webpage in such a cheap way that one look and U’ll know it’s fake? Hahaha…

It’s so unrealistic to pay a bomb for yourself when they claim they ‘want’ and ‘spotted’ you. Don’t fall prey to them!!

108.  Worried
November 4th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I went down for the interview ytd and I signed an agreement. Luckily I brought v little money. I chose the cheapest portfolio and I paid less than $20 :P
I am very worried now because I signed an agreement tat has lots of conditions. Please tell me will I get into trouble with them? Cos i’m really worried. Thanks

109.  Worried
November 4th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Phew,lucky the person called me back! I said my parents dun allow me to do it. Everything’s fine now thank you soo much for your blog post! :D

110.  Sharon
November 5th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

thanks god i saw this blog… i just interview on this morning.. when i reach thr, that was no company sign at the door step. after discuss with the person i decide to consider before i proceed to the payment… and now i will not think anymore.. thanks blogger. ^^

111.  Ryan
November 13th, 2011 at 12:38 am

I was approached at Orchard too. I dont know if I should go. They called many times. each time i said next time LOL. for some reason, i cant say no without having seen it.

112.  :)
November 16th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I was approached near orchard mrt too by a philipino lady O: I gave her my name and age, but when they asked for my number I remebered reading a girl’s blog about modeling scams and refused to give my number, so she was like “if we don’t have your number how we contact you ?” so I just said If I was interested I’d call. But anyway, seriously speaking, I dont feel that I’ve got a figure and height close to that od a model. Sure, it’s flattering, but honestly, you yourself will know if you’re suitable to be a model at all sooo … :)

113.  (,,>_
November 30th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

OMG ~ i just gt approached by imodel today at bugis.A lady ask for my name and contact no , at first i was so surprise that its a model agency , it was my first time being approached, so i gave her my real contact no.
== okie after reading this , Im not going to answer any call from them ~ thx :D

114.  Angelixangel
December 3rd, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Hmm…got approched by one woman today at tampines mrt that area. Was like walking and suddenly got a tap on my shoulder. Anyways, she handed me a card and like the others I gave them my name and contact.

There is one more time that I was approached by a person from another modelling company that is located at dhoby ghaut exchange. (anyone any experience?). I went for the interview, and yup the person there was like saying that I have two choice of either freelancer or signed contract. But of cause I was not clear though a bit interested, I went home to discuss with my parents. (ps, the portfolio is rather ex too)… But in the end, I never agreeded to sign the contract

115.  leehyun
December 4th, 2011 at 10:51 am

hi i was also approached by imodelsholdings. it was a filipino lady at Bugis Junction who tapped me on my shoulder, shove me a namecard and asked for my contact number and name. hearing her say she is looking for new faces for her model agency, i was slightly flattered and thus gave her my number, as i personally am quite confident of myself and i am rather interested in modeling too.

the next day, i received a phone call from them, and they asked me down for an interview at clarke quay. i just agreed as i told myself i could just check out the model agency first, and i reminded myself not to submit any payment or sign any contracts because this could be a scam.

so i indeed went for the interview. the place looks decent, with photos of their models pasted on their walls, and tv commercials featuring their models. the company looked quite professional imo, because it is well-lighted and requires people to remove their shoes before entering. they also have a room next door meant for photoshooting (according to the notice pasted on the door), but it could be just an act.

then i was thinking to myself, wow is this really true? can i truly become a model and fulfill this little dream of mine?
first, i was given an application form of my particulars, and it needed my signature! i read the form meticulously enough to see if this signature will cause me to be bonded to this model agency..and fortunately, the signature is just to verify that the particulars i have filled in above are true etc etc.

then after a few minutes, one Filipino woman came out and introduced herself with her namecard as Sandra, a consultant at i models holdings. she was really friendly and nice throughout the whole interview. she first asked about my background blah blah blah, and after some more chatting, she said she found me to have potential for modeling. at that moment, i really thought it was a chance God sent me, because Sandra looked very sincere and she was really encouraging me to trust myself that i would look and do good in modeling.

yes and after that, she said “okay i’ve decided to offer you a freelance model job” and smiled politely. i just smiled back and replied okay. then she went on to elaborate on the photoshoots for the portfolio. the prices range from $390 – $1000+, and deep down in my heart i was so shocked. i began to hesitate. sandra said there will be cd-rom provided for me, and the no. of photos taken determines the price of course.

then she asked me how long i aspired to stay as a model at their agency. i wasn’t certain and said at most one year. she told me she hoped i can stay as long as possible and find my passion in modeling.
Lastly, she asked me how likely i am going to accept her offer. i said that i had to discuss with my parents first, and the money for the photoshoot could be a problem due to family financial straits. then she immediately replied “okay i understand, i understand” and smiled back understandingly. she suggested to me i can start to save the money for the photoshoot even if my parents do not have the ability to finance me. moreover she promised me she will keep me in mind, and that she will wait for me to return to the agency after raising sufficient money for the photos. And she didn’t mind me getting the cheapest portfolio package which is $390; she said i can go for that! since it’s the cheapest, given my cash-strapped situation.

WOW and i thought, she is even willing to wait for me to get back to her, and her encouragement and sincerity she showed made her seem really genuine in recruiting me as a model and then nurturing me in the agency.
therefore i asked her if i will be guaranteed any jobs after accepting the freelance model job offer. and she assured me, AS LONG AS i guarantee to have the time to turn up for the jobs they offer me, she can guarantee that she can get modeling jobs for me.

i also asked her if models need to be skinny, to which she replied no need; just be confident and believe in yourself. besides, she measured my height, and took a look at my figure, saying that i look okay and slim, and that i have to learn to wear contact lenses (i was wearing specs). As i was wearing braces too, she told me that after i remove my braces, i will have to go for another photo shoot to update my portfolio, and this photo shoot will entirely be sponsored by the agency itself, and not me.

apparently, my experience is quite different and more detailed than the ones i read above, Aya. Do you think Sandra is genuine in what she said, and that she really thinks i can do it? Or am i just gullible? (idk but the way she encourages me flatters me a lot. she even wished me all the best even if i decide not to take up the freelance model job in future!)

So what should i do? Save money for the photoshoot, or just treat this as a free lesson/experience in life? Should i believe Sandra or not?

116.  Ms Aya
December 4th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Dear All,

Ultimately the decision to gamble is up to you.

Suppose you have good experience with this modeling agency (or others), you can share them here. This post is not necessarily meant to share negative views.

However if majority has negative things to say, there you have it.

Personally, as I have mentioned many times — be wise and do not let dopamine control you. That’s it. XD

117.  Mr Lim
December 5th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Nice blog. They approached me at Tampines on the 3rd of Dec 2011.

118.  Nicole
December 8th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

hi all!!!!!!!!i need help!!!!!!!!!after read this blog, i think i was cheated!!!!!!!!!!!i had paid 1690!!!!!!!!!!!!pls!!!!!!someone help!!!!!!!!!what should i do!!!!!pls pls everyone!!!!

119.  Gen
December 10th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Hi all, I was approached on 11 Nov but only went down on 3 Dec. Somehow, the idea of being scouted for modelling is just so powerful. I’m 26 and still fell for it. I wasn’t feeling well when I was there and thought that was the reason why I couldn’t say no. I was actually persuaded to stay for more than an hour while “Sky” went through the whole sales pitch. In the end, I paid $1690 with 3.5% as I paid by credit card. After that I called him to say that I’d changed my mind and said that I was convinced it was a scam from what I’d read on the blogs but he still persuaded me to go down for the photo shoot today. I went down with my mom today and all of a sudden, the clauses of the agreement seem rather different from what I signed up to one week ago. Perhaps I wasn’t given a chance to read it and relied totally on what he was “reading” to me. So guys, if you do go down, get out the moment they ask for money. I don’t think it’s worth it. They really can say whatever they want to get your money.

120.  Nicky
December 11th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

@118.Nicole
Me too Nicole!!!! After reading this blog, I totally felt like I get cheated. I had paid 1290! Btw, I had also signed the contract. Should I quit it or something????? Coz I scared may be in the future I somehow don’t follow the contract and get charged even more!! :(

121.  R
December 12th, 2011 at 10:32 am

@leehyun
Hey I had EXACTLY same experience as u, i was at bugis and a filipino approached and asked for name and number last week. Two days ago, i went for interview, and i spoke to Sandra. She was very nice, and i was sold…until she told me about the portfolio prices. Tbh, I think its quite scam, as everyone’s portfolio prices are all different. She didnt show any formal form with price lists or something, she just wrote them down on some sheet of paper on the spot. The way i see, every1′s prices seem to be different, and its like she just came up with the prices on the spot. My advice is, dont go unless u think u look like u have a face carved from angels.

122.  cor
December 14th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Hey, thanks for th feedbacks n blogpost! I was also approached twice! And i heard that Createtalents holdings is also under the same company. Really dont get why they cant get a life n do some decent business:/

123.  Carcar
December 15th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

What the shit. I got approached by a china lady at jurong point inter. When I went down w my cousin for interview at clark quay , the asked me to pay 290. Glad I read this blog otherwise I might have been scammed :/

124.  Angelixangel
December 16th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Hmm…went down to their office today. All I can say is that it is not a scam, just a rather risky investment, just like stockmarket at times. For contract, they will pay you everything, BUT you don’t have the authority to reject jobs. However, since freelancers can reject the job offered to them, the person will have to pay a one-time fee. And thinking again, if it is really a scam, how would the company still survive after so many years without being caught by the government? This is Singapore we are talking about after all…

125.  Ms Aya
December 19th, 2011 at 10:33 am

For those who have signed a contract with them and can’t seem to get out of it, I suggest you be really ‘kiasu kiasi’ with them.

By that, I mean you have them at their necks all the time when you suspect something is wrong. For instance they have made a portfolio for you but in a month or so, you receive no employment news. With that, march up to the office and make a fuss about it. After all you have paid them for their service right? ^^lll

126.  Die.
December 19th, 2011 at 10:37 am

Oh god! My friend was “scouted” and her parents have already paid! The thing is that she isn’t very pretty and has a huge amount of pimples on her forehead. But then, I can’t tell that to her. She said her parents have already paid and she wanted me to go down to Clark quay with her. She said she paid about 500+ ! Helppp!!!

127.  TOO STUPID
December 20th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

oh no, y i just saw this blog…… i had go for interview last Saturday, and will go for portfolio this Saturday, i have paid the deposit $490 (total $890)……. i will cancel the portfolio this sat!!!

128.  What the hell??
December 31st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

As said above

129.  What the hell??
December 31st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

i was approached today while buying some pineapple by a China lady.

130.  Zack
January 13th, 2012 at 12:39 am

I just went to the interview. They can really talk very well and make you think that your dream come true. THANK YOU FOR POSTING. Now i have decide not to go.

131.  FEED ME INFO
January 13th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

To everyone: They told me that 799 is for photo album for 5 costumes. Each Costume consists of 15 photo shoot.
Is it the same price with all of you?

Since I can’t draw back, i tot i will go for 3 costumes =(

132.  YY
January 14th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

i should have photo shooting today but after saw this blog i decided not to take the risk. I was persuaded to take 10 outfits cost 1690(400 can deduct from commission). I told the guy i do not have the money then he said i could take 3 outfits cost 690. He is so confident that i could get a job from them as he said i have a sweet smile and got a figure. Finally i sms him that i decided to give up and he had respected my decision.

133.  hamtaro
January 17th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

guys i just went for the interview hrs ago and i did pay 500 for 3 outfits.. and i told my cuzz about it and he told me it was a fraud and asked me to google it.

well.. i should have google it earlier.. but hei.. i should just give it a try.. i guess… ; (

134.  realfashion
January 17th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hey all,im a profesional model and i worked in singapore lot of times,i plan to come back again so i wanted to check some new agencies,thats how i found this blog,i rememember i had few similiar stories, of wanna be modeling agencies,sure that they couldnt catch me cause i work in this business,so i know how it runs.i would like to explain u how it really works.my agency in singa was Upfront
Models they bought my return air ticket gave me apartment. pocket money for everyweek and jobs really lot of jobs,so what does it mean?if the agency is intrested to work with you the agency invest money in the model.after they are pushed to give u jobs cause obviously they dont want to loose money but NEVER EVER PAY ANYTHING TO MOD.AGENCY however it goes for the model in the country,the model never pays the loss to agency these are standard contracts all around the world.when they ask u money u can be more than sure they are cheating,same as mentioned agency in Spore. Please be aware,i know what im talking about. I write u down the names of great agencies,professional and high fashion! AVE MODELS,DIVA MODELS,MANEQUINN STUDIO,UPFRONT MODELS these are the ones that were top in Spore and still are.so for all of u that have the look and body for modeling, in these agencies u meet the real profesionals that works in fashion for years. I hope my advise will be helpful for you. BTW i love your country i spent there amazing time since i started to modeling(since i was 14) and im always happy to come back,maybe see u in february for the fashion festival:) ciao from Milan,Italy

135.  Sara Mary
January 31st, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Yesterday, I was approached by this petite Filipino lady called Jean who’s a consultant from Create Talents and Models. Yes, I went to the “interview” later at Dhoby Ghaut Exchange, there were quite a few others also waiting & filling out forms. I was interviewed by this really less than ordinary guy called John who speaks reeeeeeeeeeaallly sloooooowly and looks weird. So anyway I decided to put that aside and he started with “getting to know you” (which I actually blabbed about my numerous activities – from hosting to singing) then when he went, do you have any questions for us? I was like, are there any upfront costs?

Now, he was a little taken aback and quarmed, why do you ask that? Remember I maintained a very “easy scammed girl” mien, eager to model and all. (Okay, I was tricked for a second, right) Until he finally revealed, for freelance modelling, $870 for the studio (to create your portfolio) and $500 (sponsored $2000 by them) to print 500 copies of modelling cards (with 5 of your pictures) for distribution to companies. Oh, and guess what? The studio is just RIGHT beside. Fast scamming ahoy!

Then he assured me that it’d be great for me to join now, cuz based on his experience I have the type of face that clients are looking for these days. Mixed blood. Oh I forgot to talk about myself! I’m pretty, yes, worthy of Vivi magazine model but after a diet of ANTM I KNOW, I KNOW that me is not equal to model! I mean, I’m not 5’7”. Thats not the problem. I just don’t think I have to pay so much for the stud. So I kept asking, can I ask my friend, who’s a prof photographer, to do it for me. After all, when you look at those stacks of portfolio (newspaper clippings, adverts etc), most of them just make me go, you serious? Either SG modelling std is low or what?

Back to this consultant guy. He ended our long, boring convo with a handshake, at first it was normal, then he gripped my hand really tight, as if reminded by some self help book “How to have a great handshake – be firm”

Oh please. I’m not your typical naive girl (okay, I saw a few sec school-age ITE and Greenfield girls- they def got sucked in, poor things). Plus, that consultant guy actually really disgusted me now that I think about it. Don’t even know why I didn’t just RUN AWAY!

Alright, I just wanted to share every detail with aspiring models so that these companies can stop scamming us and we can get what we want, babes! :)

I’m open to any more info you’d like to share, and Paper Diaries, thank you!

136.  Vsfan88
February 10th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I was approached today at the orchard mrt station and I said I would leave Singapore on Sunday which is true though. Anyway I kept the card and now seeing this might be a scam is not a big wonder because I’m very interested in models and I know that models have a distinct look which I most def don’t have. But I gotta say that it’s not suspicious that model scouts would walk around crowded places and approach people on the street. That’s actually how a lot of successful models started modeling.

137.  Vsfan88
February 10th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

But very important to those who aspire to become models: when they ask you to pay money,it’s a freaking scam. They can claim they have connections with Chanel, d&g, Gucci or whateva and claim they represent models like Gisele or Naomi but genuine agencies NEVER ask for money

138.  Vsfan88
February 10th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Ps: of course they make it sound reasonable. You gotta be creative when it comes to

139.  C Salvatore
February 18th, 2012 at 11:20 am

I went for the interview. Yes, you have to pay for the portfolio for the first time but I models will pay for the subsequent portfolios. I sUggest those out there should just go and try out or at least just go for the interview and find out more about what they do.

140.  Santorini
February 20th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

They’re still doing it at tampines interchange area! Just got approached by a young lady this afternoon. Beware!

141.  :D
February 23rd, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Was approached yesterday at ION Orchard by someone from I models holdings who spoke fluent chinese which unfortunately I don’t understand much of…she did try to speak in english though. I know I don’t have the model look but for curiousity sake, I shall go there for the interview and probably post it up here to inform people of what its like. XD

142.  relieved
March 1st, 2012 at 8:12 pm

i was also approached at bishan mrt station today. the lady was quite persistent and insisted i take the name card that she had shoved into my hands despite me telling her i wasn’t interested repeatedly. WTH manz…

143.  Www
March 6th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I was approached by a Chinese lady at jurong east int yesterday around afternoon. And they called me today. I didn’t answer their call for the first time at around 1pm then they called me again around 7o’clock. The lady on the phone at first was very friendly and spoke nicely but after I questioned her “I heard that we gonna pay for the portfolio right?” then her attitude changed and hung up the phone after awhile. I knew that it’s a scam that’s why I didn’t go for interview. Thanks blogger for preventing more people get conned by them. I really don’t understand why can’t they get a life and do some proper business. Hope they stop their action immediately and hope government do something to them.

144.  cpy
March 7th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

yea, i agreed, it was definitely flattering but i know where i stand plus the person who approached me is a phillipino doesn’t seems convincing. I probably won’t go down for their interview. Am too shy anyway .. lol

145.  Naive
March 8th, 2012 at 12:12 am

Can’t believe this is still going on till now. An imodelsholdings lady approached me and my boyfriend today too! Shoved a name card in my hand and flattered us, telling us they needed people for couple shoots. This is such an eye opener :O

146.  TOO STUPID
March 8th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

The consultant call again, he ask me go for the portfolio, but i told him i not going to take the photo, cos i not believe they anymore. He said don’t believe what i saw the on internet, cos i never meet the “victim” , any one can comment at here and maybe is their competitor concocted a plot to discredit their company……….(explain a lot, i lazy to here)…. If is not true, why they do something to stop it? why so many people sharing they bad experience?? I think they keep calling me cos i have not make full payment for the portfolio (last time i just paid $490 deposit, Total is $890) , they trying to ask me go for the portfolio and pay the balance $400 ….. Pls don’t fool me again, i believe what i saw and heard.

147.  eMiss
March 12th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Wow! This blog is very important I guess.. It’s kinda shocking to know that actually the company has started a lot of scams from couple of years ago until now.. I was approached near Clementi mrt ytd n called just now.. No matter how nice my look is, somehow I’m not interested in modelling,yet bcoz of being approached by different agencies again n again,I was just curious to find about model agencies in Sg.Great that I found this blog! Thanks a lot!haha
Juz cannot imagine they live like this…

148.  feelslikedance
March 22nd, 2012 at 12:55 am

I’ve been working part time at Plaza Sing since last Dec and I’ve been approached every time I’m working afternoon shift during the weekdays at the exact same place (in front of the Dhoby ghaut mrt station exit to plaza sing basement 2) at around the same time. Usually I would brush them off with a “im in a hurry” and walk away but today i decided to hear them out. The lady who approached me looked around the same age as me and passed me a card and talked blah blah blah. She asked me for my name and number and i gave her fakes. Like come on lah, I’m so short and chubby how to be model??

149.  lol
March 24th, 2012 at 2:08 am

Approached by one of their agent today. Give fake name and number as well.
I think that’s the fastest way to shut them off.

150.  ldh
March 24th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

approached by someone from http://www.createtalentsandmodels.com havent went for anything yet but its probably a scam right?

151.  Wx
March 26th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Just got approached by a man at Bugis a few days back. He said he was from i models, pushed white name cards to my boyfriend and I, but this time it was different from being approached by other agencies/people because he actually told us that he was looking for people our age to walk around town wearing clothes from Forever 21 or Zara. He claims that these clothes are ‘EXCLUSIVE’ and WILL BE ours to keep after we finish, but we cannot sell them off. Sounds too good to be true but I believed him for a bit while he was persuading us ’cause he mentioned F21/Zara *_* He even told me the clothes I would be ‘wearing’ would be about $98 and my boyfriend’s outfit would cost approx $148 or so? (Can’t remember) Plus he also mentioned we’d be paid $200 a day, and we’ll be needed for weekends only from Apr-May. He even told us no meals would be provided. Just got a call from them and they asked me to go down to Clarke Quay tomorrow at 2pm for the interview. Don’t think I’ll be heading down after reading all these, modeling isn’t my interest anyway… Just wanted to share cos it really is too good to be true and the amount of money people said to have been conned of, woah scares me. I’m just a student and I don’t have much money anyway~ Thanks for all the info guys!!!

152.  Q
March 27th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Why did i only found this blog at this time.. i feel so stupid now. I’ve already paid for the portfolio and had the photoshoot. I paid total of $390. I donno why am i so stubborn that time and didn’t think properly and paid. Ever since after that, i keep getting a bad feeling about it. I just gotten a sms from them today to ask me to collect the cd. But i dont wish to go back there anymore,or i’ll go crazy thinking about it..

What should i do? Can i just ignore them? I could really need some help here.. :(

Thank you..

153.  Qshw
March 27th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Why did I only see this blog at this time.. I feel so stubborn now.. I’ve paid $390 for the portfolio.. Ever since I’ve gotten the photoshoot, i keep having a bad feeling.. this feeling keeps bothering me. They only sms me today to collect my cd. But I dont wish to go back there again.. or i’ll start having bad thinkings again.. Can I just ignore it? It’s alright about it money for me if i can clear my bad feeling away…

I could get some advice here.. :(

154.  Qshw
March 27th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

sorry about the double post, the previous one didn’t show up previously so i thought it didnt get through.

155.  akmal
March 27th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

@wx, I think we’ve just experienced the same thing. Lol. Anws, I was at city hall when he approached me yesterday and surprisingly this man doesn’t have that china accent or whatever. I’ve been approached numerous times, had been to their interview and found out that we had to make a portfolio which costs 400+ dollars and that’s where my intuitions came. That man told me exactly what WX said. However, when they called me just now, I asked that ill only agree if l don’t need to make a portfolio, the lady startled and just blurred her way out. So yeah, be careful yo!!

156.  Melody
April 25th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Just got approached by a man at near FarEast Plza last night (in front of the escalator down to Orchard MRT)..the man is wearing tiger-pattern sleeveless top, bring ipad and he told me that he’s a model, even he doesn’t look like a model at all..LOL.
I just curious to see their presentation, i don’t care whatever company they are running on.. , because i know that it’s a scam.. Thanks to Aya for posting on this blog, saw a while how they try to fool me then after they asked me about bank account and ask me to pay 100$ for portfoio, I said “sorry i’m busy and i’m in a hurry”.. He smile and said “oh , it’s OK, if you don’t have time with me… I’m a superstar le.. ” (LOL..)
scam like that are often happened, I’m not a singaporean, I’m from another country, but my hometown is even more dangerous than singapore, that’s why I’m getting to be very carefully on speaking or helping a stranger..
This is the first scam i found in Singapore.. and believe me.. they are (or maybe some of them) are using “BLACK MAGIC”.
Will share with you guys… I experienced scam with “BLACK MAGIC” before, when i was in a college, it was happened outside the supermarket. There’s 2 people asking for Direction… (OMG, it’s only DIRECTION, not even for a MODEL OPPORTUNITY..) and i don’t think i will get a hypnotized with helping them for a direction..but i did! We’re talking for 30 minutes, and i feel like i can’t control what i said anymore..as i can remember, we’re talking about business and opportunities..They ask me about bank account and the balance..
but,so lucky.. as a college student, i have no much money at that time, i keep my saving on another bank with no ATM card.. ^^ and there’s just few bucks left on my ATM balance enough for 1 month, they looked disappointed at that time and just let me go.. on my way back to my boarding house, i check everything on my bag, my earring, my wallet, my ATM.. all are save! Their target is only big amount because their appearance is very high-end, from hair to shoes, mobile, handbag, it’s all branded item. It’s RIGHT, if we should not judge a book from it’s cover. ;)
“BLACK MAGIC”.. i still can remember how it feel.. it feels like you know that their question about your account and money is insane, you still can think, but you completely can’t control what you are saying and what would you do.
Usually they are doing their operation with few people acting as his fans, or maybe acting as another people to convince you.
I heard some story about this “BLACK MAGIC” on another place, and also my friend.. they lose their jewellery and lots of things at home.
They can control us just by touch. So, be careful guys.. :) never shaking your hands with a stranger.

157.  Harttz
May 6th, 2012 at 1:02 am

To Kenny:
Lol we got e same person, JOAN, she was really very very nice.. So in e end did u go for it? I was oso very tempted n was supposed to reply her next tues for e photoshoot..

158.  OMG
May 21st, 2012 at 9:16 pm

HI all, am new to here and glad to found this blog with all the sharing. i was scouted by createtalentsandmodels and went down for the interview and however was stupidly enough to get convince by them and signing for the freelance and deposit for the portfolio . But now i dont wish to go after reading. SO as my understanding by not going down my deposit will be forfeited , WHAT about the term and condition that i sign will i get some scam or nasty stuff out of it?

159.  i Think I Got Scam ?
May 23rd, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Beware Of Shine Model & Talent Agence

Got Scammed Of $500 ( Make an upfront payment)

For those victim who have paid upfront payment just like me,
The only way to COMFORT yourself is to TREAT it as a DONATION to them OKAY!!

160.  wooeun
June 25th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

after reading all these, i felt abit too smart for my age lol im in lower sec currently. i was at jcube with my friends during the hols, and we are waiting for my other friend at the entrance. lol who knows, a woman (probably from china, her accent is quite strong) approached us. i sensed something’s wrong immediately. then she said that she is looking for models. i was holding in my laughter, because im not actually petite, or slim. and im really short. she asked for our ages, and we said our real age, since its harmless. then she asked for our contact info and names. tbh im already suspicious of her. no matter how i said ‘no’, she still insist on getting our info. the only thing i can think of is scam. really. then we told her fake names and numbers. she looks sorta pissed when i insisted on not givin her my number. lol classic excuse — “my mom said that i cant give strangers my number”. lol i hope you guys dont fall for this :) i believe its a scam o-o

161.  Shan
June 29th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Here’s my two cents worth. There are in fact people who do sign up for iModels and are doing well. I have a friend who signed up 3 years back and she’s receiving casting calls ranging from photoshoots to commercials. Do note that they are casting calls and not definite jobs. So when you do get the casting call, it is up to you (and your looks, confidence, etc.) to impress the client. =)

I went for the iModels interview a year back, but I decided not to go for it because then, I went for an exchange and money is definitely not rolling in. Lol. And now, I am able to do some freelance modelling (events and photoshoots) for some money. But the opportunities I have are definitely lesser than my friend, afterall more affluent companies will have more jobs for models.

So ya, if you want to be in this industry, you have to keep looking up for opportunities that do not burn a hole in your pocket.

162.  Mandy
July 4th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I also be approached last two days. I just receive their call today and ask me interview tomolo… Luckily I saw this blog, and I won’t go for there tomolo …

163.  EDZEL
July 21st, 2012 at 2:34 am

Just got approached by them today at Bugis MRT…well thanks for the blog at least I know that they will just ask for money for the portfolio…
maybe its free or even an actual job offer to be a model I would go for it…but since there is MONEY INVOLVED before you become a model then I THINK ITS PARTLY A SCAM…. From researching about imodelsholdings, I found out that they really make it a reality for their models to be in commercials or even ad….but seeing the models who got it…geez they are really the model type…skinny and all sorts a model would look like..

BE CAREFUL EVERYONE

164.  Lucide
July 25th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Heys, just got scouted by imodelsoldings a few mins ago at boon lay mrt station and immediately checked backibackground on my phone. Thanks for writing this, I won’t waste my time with them. :) I’m fairly confident with myself even though I’m not in my top shape and I’ve done personal photo shoots before. It was extremely flattering to be scouted and out made me happy for a second when I realized it. I’m a rather slow person you see, so I was focusing a lot on the card the lady was showing me but she was trying to meet my eye. Now that I know I’d have to pay, I won’t go if I get a call. Most small time agencies require you to pay. It’s legal but manipulative and the only loser is the one who pays for the shoot. However, please only accept those that offer to cover all payments and make sure they are a legit company and not those seedy ones. Its a high gamble that is often unsuccessful and requires regular payment for pr and marketing.

165.  TGIF
July 27th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

hey, thanks for posting this! A Female filipino lady just approached me today at ION orchard an hour ago from imodelholdings and she gave
me her name card. Thank goodness i found this post! :)

166.  binbanbosh
July 29th, 2012 at 6:30 am

yeah any of you male? i am got approached by small philipino dwarf lady. I told them that I was 16 (I am) and they got a shock as im asian and 6ft 3. I thought it was some weirdo prostituition scouting shiet happening – THEY DID NOT LOOK LIKE PROFESSIONALS!

and i bet everyone who got approached feels like they are the next supermodel, watch out guys and girls!!

167.  :)
August 1st, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Thanks a lot!! I got approaced by exactly the same method. They are still doing it. I was like huh me modelling? r u serious I’m not even pretty nor skinny. And I found this blog. Thanks :)

168.  Luke
August 2nd, 2012 at 5:26 pm

OMG, glad to find this blog, i was approached at Orchard by a guy from i model agency. totally same as what you describe. And they just call me for an interview. Now i decide not going there. thanks so much

169.  Kokoro~
August 2nd, 2012 at 10:57 pm

so after 3 years of cheating people, they are still using the exact same method.
Asking for age, number, and whether u’re studying or working.

PLEASE NOTE: Imodels seems to be more active now, all you peeps out there please be careful!!! I won’t say they’re conning you, but chances that you would get a job is very very low ~ :3

170.  Hidekun
August 16th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I have a friend who have student pass and signed the contract…then what?

171.  Kokoro~
August 21st, 2012 at 8:06 am

then you wait for them to contact you~ if they ever contact you at all ._.

172.  Hidekun
August 21st, 2012 at 9:22 am

since I heard that student pass holder are not allowed to get any jobs, is safe to just leave things like that?

173.  YH
August 22nd, 2012 at 9:55 pm

OMG. i was approached by the same imodel woman twice today at bugis. thank goodness i came across this blog…

174.  DUMBO
August 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I went to the imodels today, gave $200 downpayment for portfolio photoshoot! STUPID I KNOW.. And they made me sign one contract about the $500 they will return me. ETC ETC. HELP AM I STUCK IN THIS SCAM OR CAN I DUN GO BACK? There is like penalty if I breach the contract.

175.  Hidekun
August 25th, 2012 at 11:51 am

Is it ok for the foreigner students to be freelance?

176.  Ms Aya
August 31st, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Student pass holders are not allowed to work! If you get caught, it can be a serious offense!
Freelance.. Depends. If it is related to your studies, it should be fine. Risky, nonetheless.

177.  Male
September 7th, 2012 at 1:54 am

Had a similar experience as “166. binbanbosh”. Gave the person my number like a few days ago and they called today to fix an appointment with me.
Its really tempting because its not the first time I’ve been approached to be a model for an agency. Was doing a lot of research and I’m glad that there are people like “134. realfashion” who posted various agencies’ names and how the usual practice is among the top modeling agencies.
After making some comparisons I’ve decided not to go for the interview(scared of the “black magic”) cause I rather spend my $$ on food or clothes than to invest in something that might not yield any returns.
A quote from 134. realfashion, “when they ask u money u can be more than sure they are cheating”.

178.  Male
September 7th, 2012 at 2:17 am

Oh and thanks Aya for posting this since..2 years ago?! omg 2 years worth of scammed monies.
Anw to all the model wannabes, instead of searching for people with similar experiences of being approached or scammed by the related agency, you can search for other agencies to compare how they work. Like some agencies may not asked you to pay them for the portfolio, some just want a headshot of your face and get some measurements from your body, check if you got abs etc..
2nd, is like what 65. GP said, “Be honest with yourself.”
If you got the big shot face, model agencies should be investing in you.
Besides, modeling agencies get around 20% commission from recommending models to those advertisers, so what is a stupid portfolio when they got so much model wannabes?
Clearly it doesn’t make sense to pay them for portfolios, cause there isn’t a need for it in the first place imo (they can make do with your measurements instead of a bunch of photos).

179.  lala
September 16th, 2012 at 11:20 am

Those scouters haf daily target to hit per day, if any one the mbr in the team was not able to hit the target, whole team will need to stay behind to wait for the particular team mbr to finish the nos. that is why, every single pass by is impt to them. they norm will stand ard town area mrt to scout pple. They are afraid of security guards. If you wan aviod when they approach u, just walk in to any nearest shop as they are not allow to follow in. Most of the scouters are foreigners, they work for the money sake although they know clearly what is gg on…

180.  lala
September 16th, 2012 at 11:30 am

i frgt to add on.. if reali wan to more extreme and got piss off by them if they keep pester you to gif nos, there are two ways of doing if you guys reali wan to do it. Im sharing my tots and i hope im not being too cruel.
1) Report to the shopping or Mrt security guard as they reali afraid and they can get fined for that. Non stop reporting may reali help to black list those scouters ( tis is wat my friend did)
2) Give fake nos, cos if scouters got too many fake nos one day, they will get penalty frm the company also.. As the co-ordinator will call those “model” the next day or the following weekday and arrange for interview”
I hope u guys may find it is helpful

181.  Kiera Elayne
September 17th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hi Ms. Aya,
A guy approached me 2 days ago along Orchard road, asked for my name&contact, i showed no interest and told him i’m not a local and on a rush. He was persistent, they called me today and scheduled for an interview tomorrow. I thought of checking their website before showing up to play safe. Tapping a shoulder of a stranger to have her as a model, Seriously????..Thanks babe! very helpful blog you have! Keep rocking:) Be extra careful evryone:)

182.  Arun
September 18th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

A million thanks to u all. I was approached by a guy at bugis. And the same story. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR SAVING ME TIME :)

183.  Rufus
September 26th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Guys, its amazing that everyone has their own viewpoints bout this modelling agency but how would you know it is, definitely, a scam?

think bout it. firstly, it has its own official website, and of course company at orchad central. It has also been noted for its pretty reputable articles for magazines and modelled-runways.

Yes, it may not exactly be, not “suspicious” for such agencies to be seeking people from the roads but what if its their own hope of their survival?

Honestly, think bout it. Singapore being such a small country and population who is so engrossed in their own work and education, has no time for modelling. Hence, this is their only resort of desperation to keep their companies and businesses going!

I am no supporter of any modelling agency but just looking at it from a rational point of view.

Hope you guys consider what I said.

184.  Carmen Santiago
September 26th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I agree with what ‘Rufus’ said. How would you know that this particular modelling agency is a scam if you’ve never been to one?

Was this a one-time deal or have you been approached repeatedly by Singaporean modelling agencies, like Carrie Models or Impact, and even AFTER being interviewed and accepted, they gave you bogus jobs where your pay was halted or they threw you into shifty situations?

It is rather illogical to be warning the public to beware of modelling scouts in Singapore, if you have never been through the experience personally.

You have never heard of this Singaporean modelling agency, perhaps because of the lack of familiarity of all modelling agencies in Singapore.

I myself am unable to name all the agencies in Singapore, some would deem foreign to me. That gives me no reason to deem it shifty or unworthy of my trust, now would it?

‘Rufus’ mentioned that this particular modelling agency has indeed its own Official Website and sources, but one’s company might be able to fabricate these things, not pointing hands at any particular modelling agency, but such a point is to be noted of.

Us humans are naturally a cautious and distrusting species, so it is natural to feel this way to unorthordox situations as modelling scouting on the streets, so this article is indeed a valid viewpoint, although the above points are to be taken into consideration as well.

185.  Johnny
October 4th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

i was approached by a lady at yishun 3 days ago. she tapped me from the back and asked whether i was studying or work. she was holding onto a pen and paper. she said i was goodlooking and gave me her calling card. she told me give them a call. and she asked me for my particulars too. is this a scam? lol

186.  Leila
October 31st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Thank god I found this blog. I was approached by this man a few days ago at Somerset. He gave me a name card and the company’s name is iModelsHolding and asked for my name, contact number and height. I was really flattered so I gave it to him. He told me that I would receive a call soon and be called down for an interview. I received a call this morning and the lady asked if I was free to go for an interview the next day. As I was busy the next day, I told her that I am only free today and asked whether it’s alright if I go today instead. She sounded even happier when I volunteered to go today. The place is located at Orchard Central 5th level. It’s like a shop. I filled in an application form and waited for my interview. After around 30 mins, a guy bought me to the back of the shop, a room and held his interview there. These were the kind of questions he asked : What’s my hobby? Am I still schooling? ect… He seemed really nice. He also told me that his company is involved in media advertisements where they recruit models to advertise certain shops such as Guardian, Singtel ect… Later on, he introduced 2 packages to me. 1st is a 2 year contract that I have to sign and if they have any projects for me, it’s compulsory to attend and I cannot decline it. The 2nd package was free lance. As I still have to attend school next year, the free lance was definitely more suitable for me. The free lance one, you can reject the job offer and only accept it if you like it. You do know that every model has to have their own portfolios where they can advertise themselves to the market.( that’s what the guy told me) If I take up the contract, the photoshoot costs($2500) will be fully subsidized for me. I have to take 500 photos. Each photo cost $5(student price). Adult price is $7.50. Fyi, I’m 16. If I take up the free lance one, I would have to pay $500 and the rest $2000 will be subsidized for me. My family is not that well off so I was really thinking which package to take up. So I asked about the contract one, I think the guy was taken aback that I would pick the contract and said “but there are requirements for the contract one”. I was like okay…. and said that the free lance was more suitable for me as I’m still a student. The guy was pressurizing me and asked me which I want? Plus he said ” You told me that your parents let you make decisions by yourself right?” Then I said ” Yes but IMPORTANT decisions I have to discuss with my parents. Can I go home and discuss it with my parents and tell you my decision by tomorrow?” After saying this, his face totally changed (turned black) and he said thank you and sent me out. After reading all these posts, I’m glad that I did not fell into their traps. Let me tell you, they were very convincing and persuasive. I’m 16, height is 162cm. That’s pretty short for a model. You have to be at least 170cm to be a model( I have a friend who’s a model) . I’m average looking and I do not have long legs like models do. Why am I sharing this? I just hope it will help someone who’s going through the same thing as me.

187.  Logan
November 6th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Create Talents and IModels have the same boss. This is illegal right? Why aren’t the authorities doing anything about them?

188.  Angy
November 12th, 2012 at 2:48 am

OMG I’m so stressed after reading such long comments in here. Forgive me for my poor English, I’m a thai woman working in Singapore and got approached by one of their scouts last month at Somerset ( But I’ve already paid XXXX for the photo shooting and now waiting to collect the cd rom (which I believe that it’ll be totally shit from the way they did for my face&hair make up) The reason that I was easily persuaded by them because I’ve never felt interested in this kind of job before, and when somebody introduced me about this, surely I would think that it would be a new opportunity for myself, and like Haruka said, when I was in their office ,I was under their control and when they asked me to pay for the photo shooting, though I hesitated ,but in the end I paid the full amount by my debit card T T Before I came down for the interview, I’d already searched about the company’s info from internet, but unfortunately, that time I didn’t find any reviews like this (although there’re a lot of bad reviews about this modeling agency after I thought I was scammed) Next week will be the due date they told me that my portfolio should be completed, although they’re not gonna call me to collect it, I’ll go and ask for it by myself. But the point is what should I do besides just go get that stupid cd rom. Anyone can suggest how? By the way ,there’re still a lot of girls been scammed by this modeling agency, coz the day I went for photo shooting ,I saw at least 5 girls were waiting for photo shooting as well, and when I left the office, there’re were a few more of guys &girl waiting outside at reception….sigh…I want to take a revenge!

189.  Sad
November 17th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Sigh….I hv been walking Orchard Rd all weekends, day & night. How come nobody approach me? I must be damn ugly….sob sob….

190.  Lena
November 26th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I was approached by the same model agent 3 times. She’s from I models. I went for interview. Then the lady named Joan, I think it is the same lady as commented above. She measured my stats, interviewed me. After that, she showed my profile to their marketing management and directly told me I’m in. She says the decision is on me whether I want to join them but, I’ll have to pay a few hundred dollar for the first portfolio i was like wtf? And then i decided to check on them, I actually started to trust them a little, but now I reckon them are cons.

191.  ikkin
December 3rd, 2012 at 12:11 am

I went to the interview at i models today. Silly me didn’t do my research first & just jumped head first into it. I didn’t pay anything though, I’m skeptical & want to talk about it to my family. I don’t have much faith in my appearance & I was shocked that they sought me out & really quite flattered, but now I find that they seek out just about anyone they can find. With the amount of people they seek out, there is no way they can give jobs to everyone, you won’t earn what you have lost. I’m mixed asian/white & was told that mixed girls were in demand, I was under the impression that I would get a lot of jobs because of my mixed ethnicity. It only just occured to me that because I’m a foreigner, I’m not permitted to have jobs in Singapore, but they never mentioned this, & I forgot to ask. Isn’t it a bit shady though that they don’t bring this up?

I was really excited about it & willing to go through with it. The interviewer made me feel really special & unique, because he would say that a lot of customers are asking for mixed girls & there will be a lot of jobs this month. Now I’m not so sure. I really look at my appearance & must come to terms that I’m just not model material & have no potential for it. It’s wishful thinking.

They really make a girl feel special though!

192.  Euhporia
December 17th, 2012 at 1:44 am

Yesterday (since its past midnight alrd) , i was approached by one of the lady which is a model scout from imodel just outside the bugis mrt tap in/out entrance. Like other people , i was shocked when i saw its a model agency looking for model >_> thanks god whn i went home i told my brother about it & he told me it might be a scam, which is why i’m researching about this company & came across ur blog ^_^ really thanks alot for the information! & yes i did give my number to her but i won’t be picking up any of their calls (:

PS. can’t believe this is still going on after so many years ! ;_;

193.  Model
December 20th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I heard Basic Models is a good Singapore model agency.
If you gals are serious about becoming a model, you can look for them. http://www.facebook.com/basicmodels

194.  Model
December 20th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Oh, and Fiona Fussi works for Basic Models. That’s how I found out that they are reputable.

195.  Logan
December 26th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Wow, this blog post is still going strong.

Yeah, I heard good things about Basic Models too. Heard their booker/agent was from Elite. I think this is her own company.

196.  Ice
January 5th, 2013 at 12:53 am

Its 2013 and they’re still at it. Got approached by this china lady at bugis mrt on the 4th of Jan, tapped me on the shoulder like what other comments described. I was really surprised cuz I was in glasses, wasn’t wearing makeup and I’m short (156cm), but the orchard office part had me half-believing them. Thanks for letting me know its a scam! :)

197.  Bryan
January 10th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hello everyone,

Such scams are very common and not just locally. Look, it’s not hard to register a company in Singapore.

I’m a small-time talent scout working mainly on a referral basis. Although I do approach people on when I see potential. I and many other agencies and freelance talent scouts charge a fee too (we need to eat and pay bills) but always remember – no one can guarantee you work. Think of it logically, no work is guaranteed. If there is one, tell me.

Your market price is not how much you want, but how much your clients are willing to pay, though you should always have in mind how much you hope or expect to get.

If you are cheated of your money, consider yourself luckier of the unlucky. I have seen and heard of young talents being offered a free portfolio shoot and later forced to shoot lingerie or nude. Some have even been molested!!

Always take care of yourself, ladies and gentlemen. However, let the scams not damper your dreams to model, be it professionally or freelance.

Take care. Signing off…

Regards
Bryan Ng
Photographer
Shutterz Photography

199.  Danielle
January 29th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

THIS IS, LIKE WHAT, 2 YEARS AGO?! And still going strong, I see.

Umm, anyway, hi. Let me just admit: I’m not into modelling, but after being approached by this Chinese guy from Create Talents and Models around Bugis MRT a few days ago, I was really thinking about maybe entering into the modelling industry. He actually chased after me when I brushed him off, and said I have ‘potential’, and, I dunno; I’m about 167cm and not Chinese, so I was skeptical, because so far, I see that the Chinese have more chances of being a model. I immediately went to fish out information on it on the Net and found its website, and also the claims that it’s fake (but that’s like, in 2007 :/)

I’ve been called up for an interview tomorrow just mere hours ago, after about a week since the meeting. I’ve read the comments here, and I know what to be expecting and looking out for, but I’m going there for the ‘interview’ anyway just for the heck of it. Don’t worry, though; I’m bringing my father, and we all know how fathers are, yes? :D

But really. It hurts to hear of girls being cheated out of their money. Even worse, when they really feel like modelling is what they want to do. It’s like a brick hits them in the face, you know: that they’ve been approached by scouts who claim that they have ‘potential’, believing in what they say, paying whatever that needs to be paid, then not getting a job and fulfilling their dreams of being a model :( They’ll never be able to trust any other modelling agency after that, even if it’s legit!

Oh. I do agree with the recent comments on ‘how would you exactly know whether these companies are a scam if you don’t go and see them personally’. They’re unreliable, though, in keeping their claims of ‘we have jobs for you’, I give you that.

Anyway, a question: is Create Talents and Models trustworthy NOW? Times have changed, and I want to give everything a second chance, and Create Talents might just have changed into a better agency, you’ll never know. So right now, in 2013, is it legitimate and reliable? And also: what are the reputable modelling agencies here in Singapore? There’re so much scam ones that I don’t know which is real or not. I still want to give modelling a shot, you know…

And I hear that models are not supposed to pay for anything, even portfolios, but it’s the agency who pays them instead: tell me this is the general rule in the modelling industry and main indicator that it’s a real modelling agency, and not some fake ones.

Thanks for the blog and the comments, by the way. This is an eye-opener, and makes me think deeper into what I want :)

200.  Cz
February 19th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I just call up ytd and they asking me to go interview and they msg me “iMODELS. Orchard Central #05-27. 181 Orchard Rd. Kindly alight at the nearest MRT station: Somerset. Beside 313 bldg and opposite The Centerpoint. Tel no. 6323 2171. See you then. Thanks.”
And the interview is tmr 1pm I don’t know its real or face any advice ?

201.  Nate
February 20th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

just got home from an interview (CreateTalents) the way they talked is very convincing… but asking for money to be a model? after they ask me to pay for the portfolio.. i just said “I’ll think about it” i dont know its a good idea.. maybe just a marketing strategy.. im not sure if a pay them, how many percent is my assurance they will post my pictures to companies… thanks everyone! this blog really helps a lot.

202.  Tracy
February 21st, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I have approached by them 3rd time, and I really feel fishy about this… Guys if they really need new models and if they really successful they are the one who should pay you for the photo shoot. Not us paying for them…. this is full of sum and pls don’t do it.. If u really wanna be a model better check out that agency history and go for it. Good luck!

203.  Jan
February 23rd, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I was approached by this guy today. He tapped me on the shoulder and offered an “opportunity” in Bugis MRT. I was kinda suspicious since they always teach you in school that there’s a good possibility that the person is a stalker, pervert, etc. I know now that if I had given my information and then gone for the interview, then they would have mentioned the whole portfolio thing. Honestly, if they wanted more models shouldn’t THEY be paying for it? Plus I was kinda creeped out by the facebook thing Bryan .______.

204.  Jen
February 25th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I got approached today at woodlands met, that’s what brought me here today. From my ‘experience’ I got scout mostly by women. The first time was at somerset mrt by createtalent it was a women who kept blabbering -.- then I got approached by girls claiming they are from FHM and they are hiring. This imodel encounter just happened. And the curious me googled the company and it brought me here and OMG thank god I ignored that lady straight away!! This time I did not come across any ‘familiar’ question. Instead, she asked if I know how to speak Chinese -.- Which decent singapore modeling agency hire people who doesn’t even know how to speak Chinese? Luckily I immediately rejected!

205.  iModels Holdings
February 26th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

For a clear understanding of what the company is all about, visit
http://www.imodelsholdings.com
http://www.youtube.com/imodelsholdings
http://www.facebook.com/imodels
Here you can see all models that have been scouted
whom later on were awarded with different
modeling jobs
(Pls do not take advices from people who gives negative comments about the company.
They might be scams from our competitors,
people who uses the company’s name for fame and exposure,
or from those people who just don’t understand the process)

206.  Cindy Rose
March 23rd, 2013 at 10:50 am

While I was back in Singapore, I was approached by them more than a few times. Being aware of their reputation, I decided to loiter near them one day to check out what sort of models they are looking out for. After 5 min, they managed to approach a mid 30s Vietnamese maid. From that point on, I was quite sure their model-scouting campaign is a way to lure naïve ppl into their carefully-schemed trap. To be honest, I ROFLed when I witnessed how the scout piled on atrocious compliments to that completely unattractive lady.

207.  Gen
March 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi everyone :)
Just today I was approached by IModels at bugis junction. On her name card, she goes by Dalon, project representative. She approached me using english but later asked if I could speak chinese. When she handed me the name card, it looked really professional with a cool front design and email FB Twitter address etc at the back. I was like superbly flattered and thought I’ll just go back home and look them up, but then she asked for my phone number. The first time I denied nicely but she insisted that i should give. I kept acting like I dint understand and say I’ll think about it and contact them if I want to go for the interview. After awhile it got really suspicious haha ultimately I was sweet talked into giving them my number ( totally don’t know how !!) Haha maybe I read too much books but i thought she might have stole the card form a legit company cus I have no idea if Dalon is a girl or guy ? And on her notebook there was another persons number written there so I hope that person will be careful yup :) Just wanted to share ~

208.  Yan
March 25th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I am curious, why don’t you girls just file a police report? What they are doing can’t be legal right?

I am sure that if a lot of people complain about them, the police will eventually do something about it. http://www.spf.gov.sg/epc/ePCLinks.html

209.  IMPORTANT
March 26th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Ok, after reading all of your comments, and after some research, I don’t think its a fake company or whatsoever. I am not trying to side anyone, and I am just speaking from my point of view. The company has been established for fifteen years, if its fake, it would have been shut down in less than a year in fact. In fact this company is legal by law. There are many such business tactics in the real world. They are not wrong. The agency never promise modeling assignments in any form of legal contract, hence they can say anything they want to convince you to give them money. Therefore I don’t think it is a scam. About the black magic rumor, there are no such thing as black magic, in fact there is something such as professional speakers, yes I knew about this, there is a course that teaches you how to convince people into believing whatever you said, and it is something related to psychology. The company merely hire professional speakers to convince you to join their company. I do think that they may not be lying in whatever they said, but they do indeed hide some important information from us, you just need to keep on asking questions related so as to reveal the hidden secret. Just make it a point to ask at least hundreds of question. If they could not answer any of those question, then you know what to do… Just a reminder, do you know why most people who join the company as freelance model do not get any assignment? Common sense,.. when the company got some projects or assignment, they did not lied that the task would be prioritized to those freelance models first. However there were hundreds or even thousands of models as (you may know this if you went for several interview for different model companies) and its up to the company who was looking for model (Companies must collaboration to produce a print ads or commercials) they are given a stack of portfolio by the model company to choose from which model would represent the company to advertise and promote their company. Imagine if you are in the shoes of the company looking for a model to represent your company, would you look for the best looking guy or girl in the portfolio or the average looking dudes… You know what you would choose, and you don’t have to answer me, I know what you are thinking about. The world is so…… I would say based on looks in the media world. And honestly, do you think the average ones would get any assignment? I would say NEVER! I am not being bias, but this is how the world is, I am stating the truth, I am stating what everyone mind is thinking, and you answered yourself who would you choose, did you? So what I am trying to say is anything that comes easy may result in a big ‘PRIZE’ to pay. What I suggest you to do is find a decent job, unlike the media which is very complicated. Thanks for reading my comment.
Disclaimer: Some of the above stated are my opinion while most of the above stated are from others opinion.

210.  Veez
April 6th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hey there! Hahah!! I just got scouted at Marina Gallery(Town) today. They lady who approach me passed me their card which goes by the name Dalon too and told me I was pretty and should give them my number and name. I did give it to them thinking it will shoo them away. I’m not the average model size and I’m kinda fat so I didn’t take their words to heart. I guess I will reject them. Hahahah! Thanks for this write up! I can’t even go to their website cause Starhub block them.

211.  Jess
April 12th, 2013 at 2:21 am

Big thanks for writing this..Just few days ago..A lady come approach to me at bugis too giving the imodel sholding with name Dalon behind the card..I feel wierd about the situation,but after reading this..I guess it’s the best to reject them..thanks..It really help..

212.  Tara
May 4th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I passed through I models at orchard central and curious to find out more. After waiting, I was interviewed by the interviewer. He seems very nice and showed me all the models printed commercial. I was intrested until he told me to make a portfolio of $1600 ! Lemme tell u an agency should not sell the porftolio, tell them u have ur own photos already if they accept it then they are the real agency. Plus to make a portfolio cost only $300 in beauty box, makeover inc, go there to make a nice one and find a real agency.

213.  Sindy lam
May 26th, 2013 at 2:49 am

I was received a called from imodelsholding today. I told my friend about it and they said it may be a scam. But i wonder about that company alot. They asked me to come next Monday. Thanks god and thanks this blog give me so many information. I had received 4-5 times called from this company but i never went to interview. Haha now i think i made a right decision. Thanks all

214.  Reiyu
June 12th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Oh no… I wish I did the research before today :( I feel so foolish now, because in the hour after I’d paid, it started to sink in that things were getting kind of fishy! I really really wish I’d have read this before, I went for the interview thinking that I’d be answering questions, but ended up having my card swiped and paid for. And I paid $490 too! The man told me that I only needed to bring 2 dresses and then after that, I received a text of a whole list of clothes/shoes to bring for the photoshoot after I had paid. It’s almost as though you’re just paying for them to shoot you in your own clothes.

Thing is, I am an assistant photographer and stylist, and I have worked with professional photographers.. Clothes are always provided (by your shoot stylist) and make up done. And when I texted the guy, I got no replies either on why I had to bring so many things when he only said I had to bring 2 dresses (to mix and match). Not even sure if I want to go to the shoot…

215.  LOL
July 20th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I am feeling reallllllly stupid right now. I have the similar situation as Reiyu has now. So Reiyu, in the end did u go for the shoot at all and how thing went eventually?
I ve paid the money but hvnt done the shoot yet, is there any chance for me to get the money back since nothing is done yet? (*and I ve notice the receipts says non-refundable)
I knew it was fishy but they are really smooth talkers. Ahch!!!Actually I dun hv a ‘model dream’ but yes as mentioned in the previous post, they made you feel really ‘special’ during the interview…OMG I can’t believe how vain and stupid I have been.

What can I do!!!!

216.  LOL
July 21st, 2013 at 2:57 am

Too annoyed to sleep

Just wonder,

Did anyone get the money back at all?

and Should I go for the shoot since i ve alr paid?!

217.  Advice
July 29th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Frankly, if you wanna be a model, do your research first. There are so many reputable ones around but you decide to go to one with no name and famous for cheating money. Even their website look like crap. Facebook Page also lock comments. So dodgy.

218.  Beware beware
August 23rd, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Got tapped by one called Fabio.
Orchard mrt. So they r still around trying to get people to pay money for shoots. So beware.

219.  Bochup Guy
August 26th, 2013 at 1:03 am

My personal exp: I was approached by iModel scouts many times.

LUCKILY, the first time round @Orchard, I was with my friends. One of them models for a famous model agency. He asked us to reject the pinoy woman and then told us how horrible the company is and how they earn from model wannabes. NOT SCAM, BUT NOT GOOD HEARTED to earn like this.

220.  Lucky guy
September 10th, 2013 at 1:17 am

I was called for an interview today.. Bt as a sales executive nt a model.. That guy that talks to me talk very well and fluent.. As like i will have no more worries about my future.. Lucky i came across this blog.. If not i’d be scam to join the company n being the one that tap your shoulder..==

221.  Ben
September 30th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

This really is an eye-opener for me. I’m a 16yo guy, wears specs, not tall (165cm) and recovering from acne so I was pretty flattered when I was scouted by both CreateTalents and iModelsHoldings, however I ignored most of their approaches at first, when I finally decided to go for the iModels interview, a couple weeks ago. To be honest, I was very impressed by the whole thing, yes, the interviewer, John, was very personable, friendly and flattering right from the start, saying I was street-smart for being able to find their office without any trouble (what?) and subsequently he brought me around the back where he showed me all the projects they would be working on. I was pretty impressed because I saw the names of famous companies such as Adidas and fast food chains like KFC. The Adidas project interested me a great deal and I made my interest known and John went on, saying that I was suitable for it and that I would be considered for the project as well as other sports-related projects, owing to my sports background, which made me all the more excited. Thereafter he took me to another room where he asked me questions, such as “what are your hobbies”, and being naive I told him pretty much everything there is to tell about myself. After that he showed me a huge stack of clippings which showed all their previous projects and models and there were a couple of famous names in there, Ian Fang and Paige Chua which impressed me. I told John that I was impressed, especially with the fact that Ian Fang was one of their models, and he replied saying that Ian was also street scouted and that iModels had helped him ease into Mediacorp because of a partnership, and also because he expressed a passion for acting. I was thoroughly taken in by all this and he rode on that, saying that if I joined them there and then I would be prioritized when it came to projects. However that is when I told him that because I would be sitting for my O Levels in about a month’s time I could only join them after that, his attitude immediately changed and within three minutes I was out the door, and he didn’t even see me out. However he did tell me to call them back once my papers were over and to bring my parents as well. After reading this blog I suspect that they intend to ask my parents to pay, and to be honest I am very, very confused and conflicted. What if, like what some have said, this is a high risk-investment but there are chances of succeeding? Should I back out or should I continue until they ask for a ridiculous sum of money? I humbly seek everybody’s opinion on this.

222.  solvia
October 16th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I was called for an interview today~ should I go for the interview? I got pretty face n nice shape, yet my height is only 163.. I actually worked for one of the agent which is not very famous here and every event i did i got 50 bucks only=.=”

223.  sophiechuck
November 25th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

My friend is a model of Create Talents and got some assignments so I don’t think this company is a bluff one. In fact Im joining them very soon

224.  Ashley
November 26th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Frankly, if you wanna be a model, do some research first. Comp card have been around for many years and use worldwide as the essential marketing tool for a model and are
likely to retain this standing because they are an inexpensive way to effectively and professionally showcase a model’s ability. Comp card = Photographs = Photo shoot
A good model agency should be responsible for discovering, developing and always on the lookout for exciting new faces. I am impressed with the effort that Create Talents is contributing to the modeling scene in Singapore. Create talents really create and groom ugly ducking to swan.

225.  lenol
November 27th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

As a client who hires models all the time from Imodels, it really quite sad to see all these negative comments. Understand that you might have no means to harm their reputation but what you have posted really did damaged their reputation! Modeling agencies are not for you to judge or criticize especially when you do not even know or understand about this industry. You should drop by their agency to find out more if you are keen to know rather hearing from others.

226.  sophiechuck
December 9th, 2013 at 11:23 am

My 2 kids just recently join Create Talents and the make up artist and photographer are very nice and my kids enjoyed the shoot alot. With regards to jobs I have a great confidence that my kids will have one bcoz I see some of their jobs on tv and magazines.

227.  Evie
December 24th, 2013 at 1:53 am

Oh mg, lucky i read this, just happening, i have meeting with fren, suddenly man come ask me. He said u looks stylist u can come to interview, n first time i was so happy but lucky my fren have bad experience to about this, they will ask u to pay. I listen to my fren n i decided i wont n never to to go, cos im sure they will poisoning u. Dont try, holding what we already have. This how singapore find model??? Oh mg.

228.  summer
December 28th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hi, I feel so worried about this, I just went down to imodels and was asked to pay 790 at first and then was changed to 590.. but i only paid a deposit of 100.. Would it be alright to just not show up or tell them that i’m not interested anymore? would my details be jeopardized since I filled up and signed some forms there? pls enlighten me!

229.  Rachael
March 3rd, 2014 at 7:07 pm

hmmmm. I shall just pray that my talent will give me projects. Maybe they didn’t call them back because they really didn’t have the potential? Does anyone know the models that have projects with imodels personally?

230.  jayee
March 7th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

I think they had changed their targets 2 kids as ihad experienced tdy at yishun interchg w my daughter who is 4yrs old.luckily i came acrossthis blog n know what 2 do when they call

231.  Omigosh
March 24th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Every girl had dreams of being models. Not that I trust people easily. And seriously I wouldn’t even have the grouses even if I was not given a single assignment after the photoshoot. In total I paid almost close to $2K. Paid $1,600 plus initially for 7 outfits which was the maximum. During the photoshoot, the photographer asked me to top up money so as to gain myself more exposure for outdoor shoots. I agreed and paid another $200 plus. Somehow I was willing to pay for a decent portfolio done. Whether I had any assigments after that was still another thing altogether. I waited a couple of weeks for the comcard & CD as promised. To my horror, when I received the comcard, my name was spelt wrongly. Even though I reflected to the guy who attended to me and another 2 persons with me that day, he chose to do nothing about it. Not feeling comfortable after that, I called in to Imodels and insisted that they should do a new comcard for me since I had paid for it. For this they had to do it since it was their fault. But frankly speaking, I would speak nothing of their make-up and photography skills. Just so-so, even I can do better make-up skills than the artist. When I look at the photos, I would say only 20% of the photos look good. As I didn’t bring all the outfits that day, some outfits had to be borrowed from them. Naturally these didn’t turn out good as they didn’t fit me very well. Besides, my best shots weren’t captured aesthetically. The outdoor shoots were terrible as by then my makeup had already faded due to the hot weather and my hair styling had also given way to the natural wind while walking along the streets. Having paid such a lump sum of money, I would expect better and more professional service. Though I’m not top model material but from my viewpoint everyone can be projected in photos to be pleasing to the eye. Somehow, certain angles that were taught to me by the photographer weren’t captured properly as I felt that everyone has their size, stature, face shape and personality to consider when doing photoshoots. Its really not just a simple thing as a click of the camera. If IModels is talking about business then they should not just try to squeeze as many talents as possible for the photoshoot that day I went. From what I see they just operate like a makeover agency that charges exorbitant fees. I can simply just get a makeover at a fraction of the price I paid. That’s why in the first place I was expecting a better portfolio and outfits. Their wardrobe was lousy. Photography was below satisfactory. I really don’t feel that it was money well spent. Overall, this whole thing just sucks!

232.  Mema
May 25th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Just few minutes ago this Indonesian or philipeans women asked me about it in somerset 313 and she was from imodeling holding. And now I’m pretty scared to see these comments and I’m still 13!? What should I do if I got a call?? Someone help!!!

233.  Emmanuelle
May 27th, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hello, I am moving to Singapore in about two weeks from the east coast of the US. I have been looking online for a modeling agency i could sign into because I feel like I have to “get my foot in the door” at a younger age to have any chance at becoming a model. I meet\almost meet the requirements as I am still growing and hope to find a good, trustworthy agency over in Singapore. This will be my first time in Asia and my first overseas move in a while. Ive been looking through the comments and this blog especially and Im kind of disappointed to find that there are only negative comments regarding this “imodeling” agency. Well actually Im not disappointed just exsaperated because Ive been looking everywhere and this site really only covers the fact that this agency is a scam and im really just looking for a reputable agency. Im very glad however, to have been exposed to this site before I had been with a modeling scout, so I thank you for putting the time and effort into this blog. If anyone could please direct me to a good modeling agency that I could sign with that would be wonderful. Also I would hint at the fact that here in America if a scout asks for money it is definetely a scam because it is illegal to ask a model for anything and agencies are only allowed to keep 20% of what the models make. Also I am 15. Thank you again!

234.  Anonymous
July 2nd, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Create Talents at Dhoby Ghaut – it looks like “heaven” for model wannabes, and if you’re lucky enough to be interviewed by the boss (who will lie and say that she’s only a booker), has the face of an angel.

You will not see hell nor people with horns and a pitchfork at Create Talents because the devils disguise themselves as angels of light.

There are, however, clues which the boss leaves behind for smart people to decipher:
1. All the consultants’ name card has no surnames, e.g. just Michelle, or Cally, without any surname.

2. The email addresses of the consultants or managers on their name cards are merely enquiries@createtalents.com.sg

3. The phone no. stated on the name card is the office main enquiry line, not their direct line. It also does NOT state a mobile number.

4. Create Talents’ website has a white background but its name card is black. If you look at IModels’ website, it is coloured black while its name card is white. The 2 agencies’ “corporate branding colours” complement each other because it symbolizes Yin and Yang of Taoism.

Why they can get away with it? The answer is simple. There is no law to govern model & talent agencies, neither is there a law to protect model & talent applicants.

ONLY MORONS JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER AND DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PROFILE A CON ARTIST. Neither do they know how to profile a genuine model agent either.

235.  Scott Robert
September 9th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Hi…thanksfir the information…i was so called scouted by them (imodel)…at orchard.Joan called me asked me for audition….no 7wonder i lost the business card..i’st a sign …telling something not right

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