'Fat' Model Sues Agency for Dumping Her

Ananda Marchildon says only paid $14K of $99K winnings
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2012 12:34 PM CST
Ananada Marchildon is suing her former modeling agency for calling her "fat" and dropping her contract. Marchildon is the 2008 winner of Holland's Next Top Model (unrelated still from program).   (skikis01)

(Newser) – Ananda Marchildon may have been Holland's Next Top Model, but to her former modeling agency she's just a "fat ass": The "almost anorexically skinny" model is suing Elite Model Management after it called her fat, dropped her a year before the end of her three-year contract, and refused to pay $85,000 of the $99,000 she was to receive for winning Holland's Next Top Model in 2008, reports the Telegraph. Elite allegedly dumped Marchildon because her hips were bigger than their max 35.4 inches, but Marchildon says that's just her genetics and she was still super-thin. (The Telegraph notes that the European average is 40.5 inches.)

According to her lawyer, a rep for Elite told Marchildon that “although she has a nice face, she has a fat ass” and that “she never had it in her to become a top model because she was unsuitable for catwalk work.” But Elite says Marchildon simply could not get modeling jobs because of her size: "Couture clothing is made in one size only: (très très) petite. This is not something agencies can change," says a lawyer. Rosalinde Kikstra, Holland's Next Top Model's 2009 winner, is considering joining Marchildon's suit, reports Dutch News. (Read more fashion model stories.)

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