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Silicon Valley is Paying Attractive People to Attend Holiday Parties

They’re called “ambiance and atmosphere models,” and they’re being paid up to $200 an hour to pretend your conversation is interesting.

By NTK Staff | 12.08.2017 @10:00am
Silicon Valley is Paying Attractive People to Attend Holiday Parties

Holiday party attendees in Silicon Valley can expect a few fresh faces at the parties this year, according to a new report Friday.

Companies ranging from the size of Google to smaller start-ups are contracting with modeling agencies to help liven up stale parties full of mostly male software engineers. The models are paid somewhere between $50 and $200 an hour to “chat up attendees.”

Bloomberg has more on how this works:

For a typical party, scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 8, Cre8 Agency LLC is sending 25 women and 5 men, all good-looking, to hang out with “pretty much all men” who work for a large gaming company in San Francisco, says Cre8 President Farnaz Kermaani. The company, which she wouldn’t name, has handpicked the models based on photos, made them sign nondisclosure agreements, and given them names of employees to pretend they’re friends with, in case anyone asks why he’s never seen them around the foosball table.

The decision to hire attractive models to attend holiday parties is surprising, given the current climate. For weeks, women and men have come forward to accuse mostly men in powerful positions of sexual harassment and assault.

Some companies, such as the left-leaning Vox Media, canceled the open bar at its upcoming holiday party in an effort to limit unwanted sexual advances among attendees.

Still, rules put in place by some modeling agencies should help curb any ideas unwitting party attendees may have. Most contracts won’t allow the models to drink on the job and fewer still allow the models to give out their contact information.

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