Back in May, Next Management filed a lawsuit against Ford Models, alleging that the rival agency poached three of its models: Karmen Pedaru, Anna Aleksandra Cywinska, and Anna Jagodzinska. Shortly thereafter, Ford sued Next for stealing their bookers (which they allege helps Next consistently poach their models), and now the models themselves are getting in on the lawsuit action by suing Next for stealing their wages.
According to the models’ suit, Next was “collecting and converting hundreds of thousands of dollars of their earmarked compensation remitted by third parties for bookings in the United States” — and not passing on the cash.
Pedaru claims Next owes her at least $400,000 and should pay her $1 million in punitive damages, according to the models’ lawyer Jennifer Bougher. Jagodzinska is out $230,000 and Cywinska was taken for $30,000, they claimed. Both are also seeking $1 million in punitive damages.
While the models are certainly asking for their fair share of payback, if what they’re alleging is true, it’s a sad example of the advantage these agencies can (and do) take of young talent, particularly when they’re foreign — and only furthers the case that the modeling industry as a whole could use a little more oversight.
Above left: Anna J. Right: Karmen Pedaru