Aug 31, 2016 2:14PM

Models Reveal They Worked Illegally For Donald Trump Under Awful Conditions

"They are the most crooked agency I've ever worked for."

In news that should shock no one, it has come to light that Donald Trump is shady AF. The man's entire presidential candidacy revolves around hectic hardline anti-immigration rhetoric — from demanding a ban on Muslims entering the country to threatening that, if elected, he'll build a wall around Mexico and deport immigrants en masse. So, with all that in mind, it's very interesting to hear now from three former Trump models who say all worked illegally for his agency for years, with one comparing the experience to "modern-day slavery".

In a sobering exposé written by Australian journalist James West for Mother Jones, the models claim Trump's agency makes money off foreign models who work illegally in the US. Canadian-born Rachel Blais worked with the agency for three years, but was not granted a work visa until a full six months after she arrived in the country. Rachel says: "They are the most crooked agency I've ever worked for, and I've worked for quite a few."

Two others, who go by Kate and Anna in the Mother Jones piece, say that Trump Model Management never obtained work visas on their behalf despite them working in the US under the employ of the agency. They say they were taught by the agency to circumvent immigration laws, with Anna citing how terrifying this was for her upon entering the country:

"Going through customs for this trip was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life. It's hard enough when you're there perfectly innocently, but when you know you've lied on what is essentially a federal document, it's a whole new world."

Meanwhile, Kate says she woke up one morning atop her bunk bed, a street-level window open nearby, to find someone pissing on her face through an open window. "I saw the one-eyed monster pissing on me," she says. This would be one thing if Kate was on her gap year going from hostel to hostel and living with wild abandon, but it's possible she was paying over a grand each month to live in a room with five other models where this terrifying event took place. Kate adds that, "the apartment was like a sweatshop". 

Financial documents provided to MJ by Rachel show that rent at the Trump model apartments could cost models up to $1,600 USD per month to live sardined with others chasing dat American dream. "Most of the girls in the apartment that were not American didn't have a work visa," Rachel says.

Then, Kate comes out and says what you were all thinking this whole time:

"He doesn't like the face of a Mexican or a Muslim," Kate says, "but because these [models] are beautiful girls, it's okay? He's such a hypocrite."


Via: Mother Jones
Photo: Mother Jones 

Madeleine Woon