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UPDATE: 3/14/13 – HLN with Nancy Grace is now reporting on this. Click here to read. Jillian Mourning told HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell she was sexually assaulted and trafficked for months by a manager who she said contacted her after she created a Model Mayhem profile.
UPDATE 3/3/13 – According to Fox 31, “The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation says Kara Nichols and Raven Furlong both had profiles on ModelMayhem.com. The group says the site is a common link in several cases of missing girls.
‘We’re up to 13 or 14 cases that we’re familiar with,’ the organization’s co-founder, Michelle Bart, told Fox 31.
On March 15, this information was posted on Facebook regarding Kelsie:
“KRDO-TV found a modeling profile that appears to be Schelling’s on a website called Explore Talent. However, the family’s Facebook page says she only logged onto the website once six years ago. ‘As beautiful of a person as Kelsie is inside and out, she is not an aspiring model. She was studying psychology and has aspirations to run a business,” the Facebook posting said. “It is our belief that Kelsie’s disappearance is not linked to a site that she logged onto once in 2006.'”
UPDATE 2/28/13 – Denver news has written a story about three missing Colorado girls. Click here to read.
Over the past several months, I have heard that several woman, who are now currently missing, had joined the website Model Mayhem. Then I read in the Morning Sentinel that the police are aware of it, too, and are investigating.
The Police investigating the disappearance of Christiana Fesmire, 22, who has been missing since July 1 from Maine, began searching a home in Lewiston on Friday for information on her disappearance. They have also stated they are aware of her connection to Model Mayhem. (Dec 11, 2012 -The Office of the State of Maine Chief Medical Examiner confirmed a body found in the woods in Lisbon were Christiana’s. The cause of death was “homicidal violence with facial fractures.” Buddy Robinson, 31, of Lewiston was convicted on a count of murder in connection with Fesmire’s death.)
The other women, according to police that share a common tie to Model Mayhem is Robyn Garner from Maryland that vanished in Aruba while with Gary Giodano, Kayla Croft missing from Washington since 2010, Tia Payne from Arizona, Lisa Renee Davis from Tennessee who was murdered in 2009. On October 9, 2012, Kara Nichols disappeared. She had a page on Model Mayhem as a model looking for work.
“I’ve done mostly lingerie shoots so far but I’m extremely open minded,” her bio states. Investigators say Nichols told her roommates she was driving to Denver for a modeling job before she disappeared.
There are thousands of woman who post their profiles on websites like Model Mayhem in hopes of being discovered. Many of these women don’t realize that the modeling websites are not visited by talent agents or modeling agency’s, looking for the next big talent, no matter what the website may claim. Most of the people going there are desperate voyeurs and men pretending to be photographers.
Let me be more specific. There are actual photographers on the website, but they are there trying to build their portfolios. Meaning, you work for free and in return you get free photos, but the catch is, you don’t know how good the photos are going to be. Since the photographers tend to be inexperienced or just plain not any good, you end up with a bunch of photos with shadows or photos of you wearing skimpy clothing, which make you look unprofessional. And let’s not forget the photographers that keep the original photos and sell them. Who knows where your face will show up.
Model Mayhem is just one, of many websites on the internet that are out there that draws in naive women and men that don’t know the industry and how it really works.
If you really want to be a model, do not post your information on websites seeking representation, as this is NOT how you get a modeling job NOR representation. Save your money, find a real photograph and mail your photos to a modeling agency. This is the way it is done, and it has always been the way it is done.
Broadcasting your information, your photos and agreeing to meet strange men or women to model for them, is a recipe for disaster. Don’t do it.
If you know Christiana’s of Kayla’s whereabouts please call Lewiston police Det. Roland Godbout at 513-3001, ext. 3319.