Florian Van Bael, a 20-year-old model from Belgium, was on a photo shoot with 29 other male and female models in New York for Abercrombie & Fitch.
According to Mail Online
, the advertising agency Shahid & Co was supposedly having the models work 13-hour days for far less pay than what is normal for a week's work in the industry. The men were paid $1,500, while female models got $2,500 for the week. They also received just $13 a day for food, which was also strictly supervised in what they chose to eat and drink.
Van Bael was seen eating a croissant at the Panoramic Hotel in Montauk, New York while photographer Bruce Weber was conducting the photo shoot for client Abercrombie & Fitch. Van Bael was ordered off the set and fired.
His own agent seemed to agree with the advertising agency's decision to fire Van Bael when she said: "I don't think it's a question about coffee or croissant, it's just a question of respect during an important job."
This comes at a time when many fashion designers are stepping away from the size-zero models and going for more healthy figures.