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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Lauder family dirty laundry

With E Lauder models dominating both the 'sexy' and the 'edgy' side of modeling in NYC, the Lauders will obviously attract a lot of public attention - the family may not be as squeaky clean as AW would hope though, as these past stories indicate:

TV Venture by Cosmetics Heir Raises Questions. New York Times, April 5, 1997

"Ronald Lauder and Vadim Rabinovich could scarcely be more different. An urbane former U.S. ambassador to Austria, Lauder [once the president of the Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations] is heir to a cosmetics fortune, chairman of the board of the Museum of Modern Art and a former candidate for mayor of New York. Rabinovich, a self-made Ukrainian millionaire, spent nine years in a Soviet prison for theft and has been linked to a suspected Russian criminal figure. But the two men are joined as partners in a television venture in Ukraine that has raised eyebrows among Western diplomats and businessmen in Washington and Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, both because of Rabinovich's background and because of the apparently favored treatment the venture received from the Ukrainian government ... U.S. government officials acknowledged that embassy officials had told Lauder and other company officials about Rabinovich's conviction and his links to Grigory Loutchansky, a Russian whose company, Nordex, is suspected of having ties to criminal organizations ... Rabinovich was jailed from 1982 to 1990 for theft from the state...

Lauder Media Company Faces US Inquiry. New York Times, June 12, 2000

"A company owned by Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetic heir and former New York city mayoral candidate, is under investigation over allegations that it paid at least $1 million in bribes to Ukrainian officials for a valuable television license, according to lawyers and U. S. Justice documents."

Gee- the family heir paid bribes?
I guess the honourable Botox Wintour would never even consider getting involved in anything like that - after all, the E Lauder model on her mag cover page is allegedly 'legendary' in 'Mary Poppins' NYC fashion circles, that alone explains the departure from using celebs on the US Vogue cover

And very recently - how you can lose your job if you "misuse a quote" by a Lauder family member...


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