Pantyhose Scam, 1984, Connecticut

May 18, 2013 under What to Avoid

I was surprised to come across a scam story online that happened in 1984 in United States.  Pittsburgh newspaper published an article that seemed more like actions of a street scam agency rather than an actual hosiery corporation.  I wonder how someone would get so desperate to sell their product in order to use such tactics.  Would love to hear your opinion!

Newspaper Article on Pantyhose Scam

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – May 4, 1984

pantyhose scam story

Hartford, Conn. (AP) – State officials said yesterday they are going to court to stop a “pantyhose scam” they claim has been perpetrated on Connecticut residents.

Attorney General Joseph I. Liberman and Consumer Protection Commissioner Mary M. Heslin said Hosiery Corporation of America, based in Philadelphia, mailed packets containing four pairs of pantyhose to an undetermined number of Connecticut households.

Recipients were told one pair was a gift and they would have to pay for the other three by a deadline or their credit status would be damaged.

“This pantyhose scam is a flagrant violation of both state and federal laws, which make it clear that an unsolicited merchandise sent through the mail is an unconditional gift and can be kept by the recipient,” said Lieberman.

Liberman said the state filed suit against the company seeking a court order to prevent it from continuing the scheme.  The suit also seeks restitution for everyone who paid for the hosiery.

In addition, the attorney general said, the suit targets Retrieval Masters Credit Bureau Inc. of New York, which sought to collect on the “overdue” accounts.

“While the collection agency is not being faulted for attempting to collect what it perceived were overdue accounts, we are suing them because they do not have a licence to act as a collection agency in this state,” Helsin said.

Liberman and Mrs. Heslin urged those who received the mailings to contact her office in Hartford.

Каролина Куркова в колготках, колготки, подиум

Karolina Kurkova – Launched Into Super Model Stardom Through the Kindness of a Friend

November 14, 2012 under Famous

By David, United States

At the young age of twenty seven, Czech model Karolina Kurkova has enjoyed an impressive career, and was even one of the top earning models in the world, bringing in $5 million in 2007 when she was only twenty three.

Born in the town of Decin, Czechoslovakia, Karolina’s early childhood was not so easy. She was tall and shy, and had a low self image; school mates teased her about her unusual height for a girl. Surely she never would have guessed that the face she saw in the mirror every morning had fashion model potential – let alone potential that would soon make her one of the world’s top super models!  She never even gave it a second thought.

Fortunately, perhaps miraculously for we admirers from  around the world, one of her girlfriends had a different take on this future model and her untapped ability. And so this insightful friend took it upon herself to quietly put a set of pictures of Karolina Kurkova in a plain envelope and mail it to an agency in Milan.

The posting of this simple envelope by a young girl of only fifteen set off a chain of events that would propel Karolina into a fast paced and breathtaking rise to international stardom. That envelope led from getting some runway and print media assignments, to catching the eye of Milan fashion designer Miucia Prada.

By signing with Prada, Karolina was well underway on her rise to the top. Her amazing good looks, her attitude of playfulness and, at the same time self-assured confidence combined with her intense hard work ethic and self discipline (she was cited for working twenty three weeks straight without a break) to make her a sure success for international fame, as well as pride for herself and for her country of Czechoslovakia.

According to Mario Testino, an industry expert, “The proportions of her body and face, as well as her energy level, make her a model who could fit almost into any moment.” A little known fact about Karolina is that an early operation left her with a smooth indentation of skin instead of a navel… and her photographs are often altered to show a navel.

She moved to New York City in 2001 and soon made the cover of Vogue Magazine at age seventeen.  Karolina’s image has carried the message of many world class brands, including Yves Saint Laurant, Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton. She has appeared on over twenty five Vogue magazine covers internationally, and has been very active with Victoria’s secret as calendar model, and was part of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Webcast in 2000.

Blond model in black opaque pantyhoseAt the age of twenty three, around 2007, Karolina began gaining weight. This was caused, she said,  due to having contracted hypothyroidism. In 2009 she had her first child, a son, with husband Archie Drury, and she currently lives in New York City’s TriBeCa district. Since then, she has combined modeling, television, and movie appearances with charity work in world charity organizations mostly focused on children. She has received numerous awards for these selfless efforts.

Karolina Kurkova has carried out a truly amazing professional career, and is still only young at the age of twenty seven. You can get in touch with Karolina, and keep track of her personal and professional activities by liking her page on Facebook. There, she also makes frequent and fascinating posts about diet and health, fashion advice, and insightful philosophy. Here is one of her recent posts:

“Be persistent and work hard… Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.” … sounds like advice from a woman who is speaking from her own experience!  Good job Karolina!

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Doutzen_Kroes_in pink stockings on the runway

Doutzen Kroes – Victoria’s Secret Angel

October 7, 2012 under Famous

Doutzen Kroes is one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels of Dutch descent.  She modeled for high end brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Versace, and Tiffany & Co… the list goes on and I won’t bore you with it.

Born in the town of Eastermar, Netherlands in 1985, she signed up with an agency at 18 and quickly was told to lose weight.  She just wasn’t skinny enough for "sample size".  Instead of losing weight, she decided to do modeling that would embrace her curvy figure.

By Forbes magazine, she is now one of the top earning models with an estimated income of $6 million.  Not bad for a model who was told that she is too fat.

In 2010 Doutzen Kroes participated in a "Beauty of Health" discussion on the impact of sample size, 34’’-24’’-24’’dimensions that were expected of her at the height of 1.78 m.