Bachelor New York congressman wants special 'model visa'
A New York congressman, who has been known to eye up a model or two in his time, has proposed a change in legislation to make it easier for foreign models to work in the United States.
Rep. Anthony Weiner's bill would have models switching from the current H-1B visa (where they must compete with the likes of doctors and computer analysts to attain one) to the far easier-to-attain P visa, usually reserved for entertainers or athletes.
The 43-year-old, who is reportedly dating a Hillary Clinton aide who recently featured in the pages of Vogue, thinks these models are important to the New York economy. Without them, American models aren't drafted in... photoshoots are simply shot overseas instead.
"From Fashion Week to our vibrant publishing industry to the many designers that call New York City home, fashion is a vital part of our economy that drives thousands of jobs," Weiner told the Daily News.
Corinne Nicolas, president of Trump Model Management agrees, telling the Daily News: "If there are girls that we can't get into the United States, the client is going to take that business elsewhere. The market is calling for foreign girls."
Not just any old model will be allowed in though - there will be strict guidelines. For instance, the visa applicant must be "a fashion model of distinguished merit and ability".
The most interesting tidbit though, was finding out Gisele Bundchen and Naomi Campbell are classified as foreigners of "extraordinary ability" (right up there with Nobel Prize winners) so qualify for the exclusive O-1 visa.