Living: Come with Me to Casablancas

So says upstart Johnny, as Manhattan's model wars rage

In New York City, the nation's fashion capital, the $50 million-a-year modeling business has long been the arena for some of the fiercest and most feline competition in the U.S. Rarely has the competition been more savage than today, when top models can, and do, switch agencies almost as often as they change costumes, often at the drop of a harsh word or a seductive whisper.

The pulchritude wars began in earnest three years ago, when the longtime dominance of Ford Models, Inc., was challenged by...

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