Here are a few tips for staying safe and avoiding modeling scams. This page is far from exhaustive, use common sense and take your time to decide if a modeling opportunity is right for you.

  • Beware of anyone asking for money from you. Legitimate modeling and talent agencies find work for models, then they get paid when you get paid. Legitimate companies can finance their business through bank loans or large investors, not up-front fees from amatuer models.
  • Beware of anyone who sends you a check or other payment, then asks for some of the money back. This is almost always going to be a scam.
  • Do not send nude photos as part of your application; we can see enough of your body in a swimsuit or similar outfit.
  • You can apply for modeling jobs with casual snapshots, you don’t need to buy a professional modeling portfolio.
  • Anyone guaranteeing you fame and a modeling career is probably a scammer.
  • Beware of people promising you large sums of money, like earning $1,000 a day (or more) as a model, early in the interview process. High-paying modeling jobs are rare and they occur in a haphazard fashion.
  • Be wary of anyone who tries to rush you into making a decision. A professional will want you to be fully informed and agree to commitments only after you’ve been able to
  • Make sure any emails come from who they claim to be, for example emails from Elite Model Management will come from something like,, or, which corresponds to their website.
  • Only work with modeling agencies that have a good reputation.
  • Check out references from previous models
  • You don’t need a modeling agency to start modeling

Note: Aaron Knight Studios hires new and experienced models. We never ask for money or nude photos as part of your model.

Related topics

Also see: Staying safe at a modeling shoot

External Resources

These resources are not maintained by Aaron Knight Studio and no warranty is made as to their suitability to your situation. We hope that you find them helpful. If you think you paid a scammer, you may wish to make a complaint with the FTC.

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