Bulgarian model Marina Asenova is suing her New York agency, MC2 (that would be the agency run by this guy), for allegedly pocketing the money from a job that came through after she'd left town. A rather big job, actually: face of Sally Hansen cosmetics. Asenova left New York to work in European markets in 2006, and only noticed that shots of her had been used for Sally Hansen ads and packaging when she came back to the city and happened to see her own face looking back at her from a shelf in a local pharmacy. MC2 allegedly never told her that the shots were put to such a use, and has not responded to Asenova's inquiries seeking payment. These kinds of financial shenanigans are not uncommon in modeling, but they are becoming harder to pull off now that the Internet makes it a lot easier to find photos that have gone on to have other lives endorsing other products. Model Hailey Clauson is currently suing Urban Outfitters on similar grounds — the retailer allegedly used a photo of Clauson from a small German fashion magazine on t-shirts without paying her for the rights — and last year, model Caroline Forsling sued Estée Lauder for buying a snapshot of her from a photographer with whom she'd done a hair job, Photoshopping it, and running it as a cosmetics ad. "I guess they figured she'd never find out about it," says Asenova's lawyer. [NYPost]
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