Long Island, NY, United States (AHN) – It’s not just female models who are under strict and unreasonable dietary restrictions. A male model was fired at an Abercrombie and Fitch shoot for eating a croissant.
However, the model’s agent maintains that he was fired for eating at an inappropriate time, not for eating. Regardless, it appears the models were being far below the normal wage
Belgian model Florian Van Bael was fired on the spot at an Abercrombie and Fitch photo shoot in Montauk, New York, for eating a croissant.
The 30 models at the photo shoot were allegedly put under strict supervision with agents monitoring what they ate, what they drank and how much they worked out.
Bael was told to leave the set when he was seen eating the pastry at what was considered to be an inappropriate moment.
The models worked 13-hour days on the orders of advertising agency Shahid & Co and were paid $2,500 for women and $1,500 for men — which is far below normal rates for seven days’ of modeling work. The models were also given a $13 per day meal stipend but closely monitored on what they ate.
Bael is no rookie to the modeling world; he’s modeled for other big names like Viktor & Rolf, so if the issue in question is not that he ate a croissant but when he ate one, it makes sense that an experienced model, such as himself, should have known better.
“I don’t think it’s a question about coffee or croissant, it’s just a question of respect during an important job,” Van Bael’s agent told The Daily Mail.
Shahid & Co., the photographer and Abercrombie & Fitch had no comment.