Over here at PUG HQ, we always joke about all the stories we never get to tell, of the assorted craziness that comes with this job. Whether it's a client, a supplier, a model hopeful, or an artist's agent. Here's a story we feel needs to be told, and we're willing to risk appearing "unprofessional" by telling it.
Many long-time PUG fans and customers understand our policy on models. In short: We are not a model agency, nor do we use one to find our models. We are arbitrary and picky, and openly so.
We aren't just picky about looks. We care about your personality, your ethics, and the way you treat others, especially other women. If we feel that your personality isn't compatible with PUG's personality, we will not put you on our website.
This is our right, and I personally will never apologize for this.
Another thing many PUG fans understand is that I and my employees are honest, open, and opinionated. However, Micheline and I have noticed that when we express our opinions as independent persons on pages outside the PUG facebook page, we are frequently gaslighted - told that by expressing a contrary opinion, we are being unprofessional and that our actions are "bad for business".
Well, we happen to disagree. If we are on a social networking site and have an opinion on something, we have just as much right to express it as anyone else.
As for anyone who hears our opinions and think we suck? OK. I'm not a big fan of that dude from American Apparel, subsequently I don't shop there. We're not for everyone!
And because it feels somewhat relevant, I will include a video I did a few weeks back about dealing with online bullies: