How One Model Has Been the Unpaid Face of Sally Hansen for 7 YearsJenna Sauers6/26/13 5:30pmFiled to: fashionmarina asenovamarina asenova mc2mc2modelsmodel behaviorslawsuits567EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkModel Marina Asenova says she became the face of Sally Hansen when her former agency, MC2, struck a deal with the company and kept it from her. And now she's going after Sally Hansen's parent company, the beauty giant Coty, for looking the other way. Asenova sued MC2 last year for allegedly granting Sally Hansen the right to use her photos in its advertising and packaging without her knowledge, and for pocketing the company's payment for that usage. You'd think that when a model becomes the face of a major beauty company, she'd know it; there would be a casting and contract negotiations via her agency and a shoot. But funny things can happen in the world of modeling. A photo taken for a lighting test during a hair job gets sold by the photographer to Estée Lauder and ends up as a print ad. An image from an editorial for an obscure German fashion magazine gets licensed to Urban Outfitters and printed on t-shirts. Photos taken for one purpose can be repackaged and sold to third parties, sometimes without a model's knowledge or consent — let alone compensation. It's the agency's job to prevent this sort of mis-use, but when models move between markets, sometimes the thread gets lost. Or, allegedly, as in this case, the agency just took the money Sally Hansen offered and figured Asenova would never find out. Asenova didn't know that Sally Hansen had been using her image to sell its hair removal cream until, after many years' absence from New York, she went into a Duane Reade beauty aisle and saw her own face staring back at her.