>> Last week, rumors of a major shift in the New York modeling agency setup floated around; eventually, it came out that Paul Rowland, the founder of Women Management and its Supreme offshoot, was leaving Supreme to head up the women's division at Ford.
According to Page Six's industry insider, Rowland, who sold the company which he founded in 1988 a few years ago, "had a huge salary there, but wasn't really getting along with management. So basically, he just left." Ford "cleaned house and canned everyone," says another source, to make way for Rowland and the agents he was bringing with him.
Caroline Poznanski, meanwhile, who ran Ford's women's division until Rowland's arrival, has been chosen by Supreme to take Rowland's old job. "It's one big game of musical chairs," reports the source. "There were rumors around that Supreme was just going to close, but instead they hired Poznanski and absorbed some other people who had been let go from Ford."
One booker notes: "The models at these places are in a tailspin. A lot, including [Ford girls] Chanel Iman and Jacquelyn Jablonski, don't know if they're staying or going. There will likely be a spate of lawsuits because both Paul and Caroline are trying to bring their girls over, but they have noncompetes in their contracts."
Some models have already switched »
Currently, Chanel and Jacquelyn are still listed on Ford's board, but Hanne Gaby Odiele, Antonella Graef, Tao Okamoto, Kate Kosushkina, Dafne Cejas, and Rachel Clark have all switched from Supreme to Ford. Mariacarla Boscono, meanwhile, moved from Supreme back to Women.
A rep from Supreme said of Rowland's departure: "You'll have to ask him about it." Neither Rowland nor Poznanski responded to request for comment, while a rep at Ford said, "There have been some changes at Ford. We are looking forward to a new chapter."