Models paid for their work

Last updated 05:00 27/05/2014
Sophia Maioha-Mackay, Katy Phillips and Pimsupa Puthipirog
ASHION WEEK MODELS: From left, Sophia Maioha-Mackay, Katy Phillips and Pimsupa Puthipirog.

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Two young models who complained they were not paid for work during Wellington Fashion Week have received payment.

Sophia Maioha-Mackay, Katy Phillips and Pimsupa Puthipirog complained of not being paid for their modelling at the April event.

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It was Maioha-Mackay's third appearance while Phillips and Puthipirog were modelling there for the first time.

Fashion week managing director Cameron Sneddon said first-timers were told beforehand that they were doing so for no payment - though Phillips and Puthipirog were adamant they were not told this in advance.

Sneddon said most inexperienced models were offered training in return for walking in the show, while others were paid.

"There is significant value to young models in this training and the experience they gain - they would have to pay thousands to gain this training through model agencies," he said.

"Wellington Fashion Week has been of significant economic benefit to the city and provides work opportunity for existing models and training to potential models that would not otherwise happen in the city."

Sneddon said yesterday that a payment for Puthipirog was made to her agency on Friday.

While it was her first appearance at fashion week, she was paid because she had an agent who negotiated her fee, he said.

A payment was made to Maioha-Mackay on Saturday.

Both models confirmed they had received payments in their accounts yesterday.

Phillips has not been paid.

Yesterday's story incorrectly said that model casting manager Corina Mathie, who volunteered for fashion week, had not responded to emails from Sophia Maioha-Mackay.

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