Report: Over 60 foreign models arrested in China over the weekend

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Report: Over 60 foreign models arrested in China over the weekend

During the Naomi Campbell Fashion for Relief Haiti NYC 2010 fashion show, model Agyness Deyn looses her footing and in seconds...

Photo Credit: Getty Images

falls to her knees and attempts to make the most out of an embarrassing situation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Even in her most embarrassing moment, at least she's got a smile (and the dress is pretty cute too).

Photo Credit: Getty Images

A model falls out of her shoes and proceeds to leave them on the runway at the Lena Hoschek fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2010.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Actress Pamela Anderson and designer Richie Rich walk the catwalk at the end of day four of Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2009. Rich skated down the runway and at the end took quite a tumble. If you thought walking in heels were tough, try roller-skates!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

A model goes to pick up her heel that she lost while walking the runway at the Alex Perry show on the final day of Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Attempting to catch her footing, a model is about to take a tumble on the runway during the Sonia Rykiel Ready to Wear show as a part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Talk about teamwork! These models attempt to help a fellow friend (down for the count) during the finale of a fashion show in China.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Apparently the runways were a little slippery at the Fashion for Relief show, another model takes a spill while walking down the runway.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Model Barbora Dvorakova takes a serious fall on the catwalk during the Vivienne Westwood 2009 Retrospective Collection Show in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

Photo Credit: Tomas Hudcovic, isifa, Getty Images

A model falls backwards on the runway at the Herve Leger Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

This has the potential to be not only a fall but a wardrobe malfunction at the same time! A model slips on the runway during the Dennis Basso show February 14, 2012 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Photo Credit: Stan Honda, AFP, Getty Images

A model loses her right shoe while walking down the catwalk during the Eley Kishimoto show as a part of London Fashion Week A/W 2009.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Those are some high heels! A model slips as she walks to runway during the Dior 2008 Cruise Collection fashion show in New York City.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Even walking in sneakers is hard! A model gets up after falling over during the Glory, Autumn/Winter 2004 collection during the L'Oreal New Zealand Fashion Week.  

Photo Credit: Dean Purcell, Getty Images

What a good model-friend! After a model falls during the Zac Posen Fall 2008 fashion show, another model offers a hand.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

A model falls while walking the runway at the Herve Leger Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

OUCH! A model falls on the catwalk during a show for Italian fashion house Prada as part of the women's Spring/Summer 2009 ready-to-wear collections of the fashion week in Milan.

Photo Credit: STR, AFP, Getty Images

A model falls on the runway not only breaking her fall with her hands but dropping a VAIO computer in the process.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Model Elise Crombez accidentally slips and falls on the runway at Proenza Schouler's Spring 2007 fashion show at Milk Studios in New York City.

Photo Credit: Randy Brooke, WireImage

A model is about to fall as she showcases a creation by French designer Julien Fournie in Singapore during the French Couture 2012 Singapore fashion show...

Photo Credit: AP Photo, Wong Maye-E

...and the aftermath.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

She wore an itsy-bitsy-teeny bikini and took quite the spill! A model falls on the runway while displaying a creation by Portuguese designer Fatima Lopes during the Portugal Fashion Spring Summer 2010 fashion week.

Photo Credit: Paulo Duarte

Taking a tumble and losing her shoe, this model slips while displaying an Autumn/Winter design by Miguel Palacia.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Looks like this model decided it was best to take a moment and recover before getting back up, after her embarrassing fall.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

There is nothing graceful about this fall! Modeling the Marc by Marc Jacobs fall 2010 collection, this model starts slipping and is caught in this photograph mid-tumble.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Model Alec Wek laughs after taking a spill on the runway at the "Pret a PSP"  fashion show to celebrate the launch of the PlayStation Portable handheld entertainment system, in West Hollywood.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

A model stumbles walking the runway in the Amaya Arzuaga fashion show during the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

All you have to look at is this model's feet to know what will happen next.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

At least she looks graceful falling!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Nope, it's not the model in the front you want to be looking at: it's the model about to walk offstage! 

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ouch... A model falls on the catwalk at the Betty Jackson fashion show.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

This model is either fixing the back of her shoe or bracing for a serious tumble!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Another fall at the Fashion For Relief runway show! This model has a lot of fabric behind her and likely started to fall after she stepped on that large train.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

A model  is assisted by other models after tripping on the runway during the Anthony Vaccarello Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION
This past Thursday, over 60 models - most from western countries like the United States and European nations - were taken into custody by Chinese officials for working illegally under tourist visas.

A source tells us that Beijing police set up a fake casting at Chinese agency M3 in order to find models who were working illegally. Those who showed up were taken into custody and had their passports and cell phones confiscated.

CHECK OUT FASHION WEEK'S BIGGEST SPILLS IN THE GALLERY ABOVE!

At the time of reporting, four models were arrested and about another 60 were in custody; most will probably be deported. The models who have been arrested have not been given a release date; our source says the earliest reported date is May 23.

There are also reports of models arrested in Guangzhou, near Hong Kong, who have given out addresses of model apartments in an effort to be cooperative. Our source in China says that models who have not been arrested are advising one another not to open their doors to strangers, not to answer phones and not to turn on the lights in their apartments at night.

Additionally, we hear that officials are stopping any foreigners who look like models in the street and demanding work papers. Models have been advised to hide comp cards while out - if they even go on castings at all, which they have also been advised against. Some agencies have moved their models to Hong Kong, where it is easier to get a work permit, or to hotels where they are to behave as tourists.

Many models frequently find themselves abroad on tourist visas. According to a source at the Model Alliance, a tourist visa is easier to obtain than an entertainment visa, under which models could legally work. Our source in China, who has been there for eight years, explains that China does not have a work visa category specifically for models.

As a result, the process of applying for a work visa requires a greater amount of effort and time - at least two months' worth - on the parts of both the agency and the model. Because of this, agencies ask that models travel under a tourist visa, even going so far as to provide the model with a fake "I'm visiting my friend so-and-so" letter to get it.

The problem is that it is illegal to work under a tourist visa in many countries, including China. And this isn't limited to the Asian market. According to our source at the Model Alliance, many models here in the United States are also working illegally under tourist visas.

China, of course, is an important fashion market. These arrests happened just one day before Michael Kors staged his "Jet Set Experience" runway in Shanghai on May 9; Burberry also staged a runway show there in April.

We will update this story as we receive further information.

H/T: The Business Model

More From Fashionista:
Tim Gunn Has Some Harsh Words for Anna Wintour
Report: Over 60 Foreign Models Arrested in China Over the Weekend
17 Innovative Korean Beauty Products to Try Now
Body of Missing Designer Jay Ott Found
Read Full Story

People are Reading