The Trump Organization announced this week that it will be leaving the modeling industry after almost two decades.
A Trump Organization spokesperson told the New York Post: “On the heels of the recent sale of the Miss Universe Organization, the Trump Organization is choosing to exit the modeling industry. While we enjoyed many years of success, we are focused on our core businesses in the real estate and golf industries and the rapid expansion of our hospitality division.”
Miss Universe, once a jewel in the crown of the Trump Organization, was acquired by WME/IMG in September 2015. At the time, Donald Trump was a candidate for president and had cut ties with NBCUniversal — a longtime partner in airing the pageant — over comments he had made about Mexicans.
The organization leaves behind a troubled legacy in the industry, as a number of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Trump have been leveled over the years. A Hungarian beauty queen claimed recently that he made a pass at her while attending the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.
Agents from Elite Modeling started the Trump Organization’s modeling firm in 1999. They helped launch the careers of such models as Hollie May Saker, Katie Moore, Zhenya Mygovich, and Tiana Tolstoi. They also managed supermodels including Yasmin Le Bon and Tatjana Patitz.
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