The latest MySpace knockoff is exclusively for knockouts (regular-looking humans can knock but won’t be let in). Male model Jesper Lannung, 24, fed up with the “poseurs and wannabes” on MySpace, is launching modelshotel.com this week, a social-networking site that requires representation from a “top 50” modeling agency to join. Lannung hopes users will make romantic connections and also rent out rooms to other models via the site, allowing them to avoid the dreaded models’ apartments: small, packed pads owned by an agency. Professional agents, who are responsible for the safety of the talent, aren’t quite sold. Dana Cooper, a booker with Vision Model Management, says, “What are you going to do? Find a random model and live with them? At least the models’ apartments are run by people the girls can trust.” Lannung, conscious of competing with those he depends on for work, says his site will make agents’ jobs easier.
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