What Happens When a Supermodel Violates Your Copyright

This post is something I’ve struggled with for months, and debated even writing. But it’s time to share my story, and explain why I’ve been absent.

Basically, the short version is Karlie Kloss improperly used one of my images. It showed up on her instagram account last September, without credit. (Point of reference: many of the images before and after mine are credited.)

As readers of my blog will know, I shoot as a house photographer for Oscar de la Renta’s social media accounts and Pinterest page. On September 10, 2013 I took this photo of Karlie Kloss taking a “selfie” backstage at the SS14 Oscar de la Renta show:

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No other photographers were in the makeup area at the time, guaranteeing this was an exclusive shot.

When I got home, I posted it as part of my daily “sneak peek” show recap.

The next night, backstage at the Anna Sui show, I approached Karlie and showed her the image on my phone. She seemed very excited, and mentioned how much she loved it. When she asked where she could find it, I gave her my business card with my blog’s address.

A few days later, Karlie instagrammed the image, leaving out a photo credit.

Karlie Kloss instagram

Not knowing any other way to get in touch with her, I commented on Karlie’s instagram hoping she’d see it in the sea of many many other comments. After a few days, she did, writing me an apology for not crediting me initially.

Karlie instagram apology

By that time, 14,000 people had liked the image. That’s 14,000 people who would have seen my name attached to it.

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Spring 2010 Magazine and Fashion Industry Internships

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Cute lil interns via google images.

One of the best ways to break in to the fashion and publishing industries is by interning! I did two internships myself (in the photo departments of Maxim, and MORE magazines) and learned skills that I still use in my day to day work nearly four years later. Now is the prime time to apply for an internship. Fashion week is about to start, and the spring 2010 semester is now starting. I’ve seen great internship opportunities popping up left and right– Here is my hand picked list of some of the best opportunities currently available in NYC:


Harper’s BAZAAR Magazine is looking for editorial interns available to start
immediately and work 4-5 full days a week for the Spring 2010 semester.
Candidates must be responsible, hardworking, dependable, and proactive.
They also must have some interest in the fashion industry.
Responsibilities include sample trafficking, creating shoot boards,
faxing/filing/admin, and assisting the market editors with general duties.
PLEASE NOTE: All interns must be able to receive academic credit for their
Posted 1/5/10
Please contact ASAP if interested at nmilch@hearst.com.

Marie Claire:
Marie Claire magazine’s features department is looking for spring
interns who can start immediately. Responsibilities include research,
reporting, writing, and some administrative tasks. Magazine internship
and/or college newspaper experience a plus. Unpaid.
Please submit cover letter in the body of your email. Include resume as an attachment and label the subject line “MC Features Intern.” Send to Jihan Thompson, jthompson@hearst.com. MUST be able to receive college credit for this internship.

The Gucci Special Events department is currently seeking interns for the Spring 2010 semester, available to start immediately.All applicants must be able to commit to at least 2 full days a week and be eligible to receive school credit. We are seeking hard- working, dedicated, motivated and detail-oriented students who are interested in event planning and production.
Previous fashion internship experience is preferred but not required.
Send resumes as an attachment to Julie.Vigneulle@us.gucci.com

Modeling Agency Internship:
Established high-fashion modeling agency in Midtown Manhattan is seeking an intern to assist the director, one of the top modeling agents in New York. Work in gorgeous offices in prime Times Square building.
Intern will assist with various administrative duties, including daily scheduling, liaise with photographers and fashion designers, meet and greet clients and models, answer phones. The position is unpaid, part-time and flexible hours available. The intern will need Mac and PC skills, including MS Office applications (Photoshop a plus) and the maturity and tact to interact with top models and celebrities.
This is the perfect situation to learn the modeling and fashion business from the best, and to make invaluable contacts. Please send resumé to the email here: gigs-xmpzn-1539953899@craigslist.org

FerOHHHsh Blogging Internship:
FerOHHHsh.com is looking for an editorial intern to cover Men’s trend for new
Men’s Style section of site to be launched next month.
Duties will include online research of trends in Men’s style, accessories, and personal
care, writing and submitting a minimum of 3 posts per week, and social networking via
sites like twitter and facebook.
Additional tasks may be required during New York Fashion Week, possibly including attending shows with the editor and reporting on men’s collections. During that week, multiple daily posts will be required.
No pay, but credit is available if desired.
During Fashion Week, Metro Card will be supplied.
Contact: gigs-sqqey-1537538817@craigslist.org
Please email with the following:
– cover letter/resume
– writing sample or link to any prior writing exp. (for sample, please choose any Men’s brand, trend, line, etc… and do a small write up in the same writing style of the site.

FIJI Water NY Fashion Week Intern:
FIJI Water is looking for four (4) fashion-savvy interns to make sure the Fashion Week designers, stylists, models, and fashion show guests are not only hydrated but informed as to why FIJI Water’s winning taste and purity makes it an indispensable component of any fashion show.
1). Read the post on our FIJI blog: http://www.fijiwater.com/blog/2009/12/new-york-fashion-week-internship/
2). Post your 150-300-word comment on this blog post explaining why you’re the most tasteful, hardworking individual deserving of a weeklong New York Fashion Week internship. Comments must be submitted by 11:59PM PST, January 6, 2010.
3). January 15, 2010: We’ll choose the final eight (8) candidates, who will show off their style and swag in their very own video, along with answering three (3) specific questions from our FIJI Water Events team.
4). January 22-28, 2010: Visitors of the blog will be able to view the videos and vote for their favorite.
Make sure you include your email address when responding to the blog post so we can contact you if you’re chosen as one of our finalists. If we can’t contact you through the email address you included, you won’t be considered.
Check out the blog post for more details. See you at Fashion Week!

Showroom Seven:
Showroom Seven and Seventh House PR is looking for fashion interns to assist Public Relations Director with day to day activities including sample loan, pitches, database upkeep, event production, etc.
Send Resumes to: amber@showroomseven.com

VPL by Victoria Bartlett:
Production Intern: Seeking energetic, positive interns eager to further their knowledge of the inner workings of the fashion industry. Interns will work directly with the production coordinator to facilitate communication between VPL and our local factories. A design degree is preferred but not required, as knowledge of textiles, patternmaking and construction is beneficial.
Depending on their skills and interests, interns will also have the opportunity to assist the design and sales/pr teams with special projects. For the right individual, this internship may later translate into a full-time job.
• Maintain daily communication with local factories in Manhattan and Brooklyn, problem solving as needed.
• Enforce VPL’s quality control standards at local factories.
• Spec garments.
• Organize and maintain stockroom.
• Maintain an accurate inventory report of fabric stock.
• Swatch and distribute cutting tickets.
• Research and source trims, hardware and fabrics.
• Assist with shipping.
Please send resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interests, as well as availability.
Send Resumes to: production@vplnyc.com

Alexander Wang:

The PR team is looking for college students or recent graduates who can commit to at least 3 full days a week. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, proactive, and already have a fashion internship or two under their belts.
This hands-on (albeit unpaid) position is perfect for someone who is interested in learning the ins and outs of how a public relations department works. Your main duties include sample trafficking, organizing the press closet, and compiling credits, but you will get a chance to help out in planning for the upcoming show in February!
If you’re interested, please e-mail a brief cover letter (including your availability) and resume to Jamie at alexwanginternship@gmail.com. (Via Fashionista)

Stella McCartney:
Stella McCartney is currently seeking a sales intern to assist during our Pre-Fall market week in New York from January 13-January 22 2010. We are looking for interns to assist with dressing/styling models, merchandising the showroom, photographing the collection and assisiting the sales team with all preparation necessary for buying appointments with department and specialty stores.
This position is unpaid but college credit is available. The Stella team is small so it is a great opportunity to gain experience and see what it takes to run a fashion house through the excitement of market. This position would be perfect for a recent graduate looking to add a valuable experience working with a luxury retailer to their resume.
Prior experience is a plus. A love of fashion, high energy and a good attitude are a must. Hours during this week would be 8:45am-7pm with some flexability.
Any interested applicant should send a copy of their resume and a short description why they are interested in assisting during market. If you can also include two times you would be available to meet for an interview this week or next. Send Resumes to: Samantha.Shirreff@us.stellamccartney.com

Zac Posen:
We are looking for an administrative intern to manage the front desk as well as interact with each department company wide. The ideal candidate must be poised, well spoken, and have exceptional phone and writing skills. In addition strong organizational skills, an ability to take direction and knowledge of general office management is required. Must be available immediately, Must have open availability. Also this is a Non-Paid internship.
If interested, please email resume for consideration.
Send Resumes to: Hr@zacposen.com

Barneys New York:
Barneys New York – Graphic Design Intern for Web
Barneys New York is committed to providing the best of everything: merchandise, customer service, and innovative people with creative ideas. We are currently seeking a Web Design intern in our New York office. The position will run throughout the spring semester. While this is an unpaid opportunity, it is a great way to learn about eCommerce in the fashion industry.
• Create and edit graphics and HTML for emails, homepages, banner campaigns, email newsletters, promotional materials, and marketing landing pages
• Work with advertising department to maintain consistent company look and feel
• Work with web and advertising teams to design new graphic templates
• Graphic Design concentration/major
• Creative problem solving skills for visual design and proficiency in typography
• Understanding of web design principles
• Ability to work under tight deadlines with great attention to detail
• Experience and proficiency in Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe InDesign CS3 on a Mac platform
• Online portfolio is a must
Email resume and cover letter to hr@barneys.com. Please include “Web Design internship” as the subject line.
• College credit is required
• Program length: Spring semester
• Hours per week: Minimum 15 hours/week
• Unpaid




Fashionista’s Internship Listings

The “gigs” section of Craigslist.

Good Luck!