Friends of the late model started a GoFundMe effort to finance a burial and travel expenses for his family from South Korea.
The 52-year-old agency is also suing yet another model for going over to younger rival The Society.
The division acts like a creative agency within Wilhelmina to focus on content creation for brands’ social media needs.
Wilhelmina’s Wackermann offered Pignatelli the opportunity to form a coalition with agency leaders to see what can be done, and said Pignatelli wasn’t interested.
Federico Pignatelli has been outspoken about late payments to models, creating safe working conditions and educating models about contracts and visas.
She was previously represented by One Model Management in New York.