Dutch model Ananda Marchildon has won her lawsuit against her former agency, Elite. Marchildon, who won Holland's Next Top Model and a €75,000 contract with Elite, was dropped by the agency after only having earned €10,000 in two years of working, and sued for the remaining value of her contract. Elite will now have to pay her €65,000. Another winner of the show who says she experienced similar treatment is said to also be mulling a lawsuit to recoup her losses. Elite's counter-argument — that it dropped Marchildon for gaining 2cm on her hips over the course of the contract — and its lawyer's public statement that modeling "not for everybody" evidently weren't persuasive to the judge. Agencies tend to flout minimum guaranteed earnings provisions in modeling contracts — when such guarantees are offered, which is rarely — because the risk of a teenage girl from Siberia (or wherever) who hasn't been earning any money actually filing suit is pretty slim. [Dutch News]
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