Listen folks - Barbizon has been around for 70 thats seventy years! you dont get to last that long and be a scam. I suppose Carmen Electra, David Archuleta, Ryan Phillippe, Drew Tyler Bell, Lisette Diaz(Miss US World), Jill Wagner or Jordan Monaghan, who is now with Elite NY and stars as Maria in the ABC Family show "The Secret Life."
Do you think any of them would say it was a scam?
And they represent only a tiny fraction of the success stories.
I suppose there all scams too because they all attended and graduated from there and went on to benefit from it.
It's easy to point the finger and trash people, organizations, companies etc.. a sad commentary on a an all to acceptable way of avoiding responsibility.
Every single situation in my life whether I was hurt, lied to, betrayed, defrauded etc, I had some part in it, intentional or not I was still present - so accept your part and let the others who are enjoying their experience do so and stop putting lies into people heads.
I didn't hear anyone say I paid them and they never delivered they stole my money and disappeared! Now that would be a scam!
And just for the record I was a Barbizon graduate back in 1973 and I can tell you before that I was an introverted, insecure kid who went on to become a successful serial entrepreneur, business leader, well rounded individual. I didn't become a famous Movie star although I did model work on some movies with Gena Davis, Keaneu Reeves, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia and others. As a matter of fact one of the companies I founded was in the fashion design business and even today in my fifties I get asked if I model. I honestly don't think I would have come out of my shell if not for the sacrifice of my mother a single parent made, it must have been very hard for her of course as a young man I dont think I was very cognizant of it then.
I know that times are challenging for many and a school of this type may not be in the budget, and that's ok.
So maybe the thing to do is not to expose your child to the possibilities in the first place so that neither you nor your child have to be put in an uncomfortable situation.