This is getting ugly.
Modeling agencies including Next, Ford, Click and Wilhelmina are getting lawsuit happy for allegedly poaching models from their competition.
Agencies are also suing their former clients for breach of contract.
So why is this happening?
The recession of course!
Suzie Sugerman, who has booked models in the past, explains:
"It's become more problematic if a girl goes to a big agency. Because of the recession, girls aren't working the way they used to."
However, PR maven Kelly Cutrone says agencies shouldn't be getting all the blame. She told the NY Post:
"I'm less sure that the agencies are poaching than the girls are moving. You don't see CAA crying all the time if they lose an actor to William Morris. It's free enterprise. Contracts don't mean s- - -. They're semi-binding agreements for people who have the money to go to court. No one wants any of these cases to get in front of a jury. It's a game — time-out the other person and drain all their money."
She makes an excellent point, but we have a feeling this whole "poaching" scandal won't be coming to an end anytime soon.
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The title says it all, Vogue is cheap when it comes to paying models.
In legal documents filed by the three models who are suing Next modeling agency, Anna Jagodzinska's account summary shows Vogue Paris only paid her $125 for a days work while US Vogue shelled out a whopping $250.
Depending on what a "full day" is, and we're sure it was more than 8 hours, Anna made a little more than minimum wage.
[Image courtesy of Vogue Paris.]
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Three angry models are suing their former agency Next after they allegedly ripped them off.
According to the court docs, European models Karmen Pedaru, Anna Jagodzinska and Aleksandra Cywinska claim Next took advantage of them by "collecting and converting hundreds of thousands of dollars of their earmarked compensation remitted by third parties for bookings in the United States."
Each model is seeking $1 million in punitive damages on top of the money Next owners Joel Wilkenfeld and Faith Kates still owe them.
Think they'll get it???
[Image via WENN.]
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