During a recent weeklong photo shoot for the revived A&F quarterly, models complained that their pay and meal stipends were as scant as their clothes, the New York Post's Page Six reports.
One male model, Belgian Florian Van Bael, claims he was fired for eating a croissant "at the wrong time," the paper reports.
But apparently the catalog's producers, the Shahid & Co. advertising agency, weren't counting the young hunk's carb intake.
It seems every aspect of the shoot with famed photographer Bruce Weber was carefully controlled. The Post reports that female models staying at the Panoramic Hotel in Montauk, N.Y., were paid $2,500 a day, while males received $1,500 a day -- far less than the going industry rate. They also received a slim $13 a day for meals, the paper reported.
Van Bael's unidentified agent told Page Six his client's booting was about disrespecting the shoot rules. "I don't think it's about coffee or croissant. It's just a question of respect during an important job."
As StyleList first reported in June, the preppy retailer relaunched its playful and provocative catalogs in July after a seven-year hiatus. Retail analysts speculated the relaunch was part of a broader campaign to lure back customers who had abandoned the chain during the recession for the apparel of less expensive rivals.
The A&F catalogs, which retail for $10, are sold in stores and online.
A rep for the retailer declined to comment on the Page Six story.
In other model news, read about expectant mom Miranda Kerr's recent turn on the Balenciaga runway.