"Too fat" model wins lawsuit

After winning Holland's Next Top Model, Ananda Marchildon (click here to see a gallery of her) scooped a €75,000 contract one of the world's most powerful modeling agencies, Elite. After earning only €10,000 in two years, she was dropped by the agency, in spite of starving herself and working out relentlessly.

The problem?  Her hips were not small enough.

As a spokesman from the agency said, "because of her “fat ass,” she was unfit for modeling,” (quoted from The Daily Beast).

Now… I understand that a model's career is entirely based on her body and overall appearance. Often, they are discussed as if they are cows in a marketplace being haggled over by farmers. In a typical casting meeting, you'll hear statements like:

•    "Hm. What does her hair look like curly/straight/short/long? Does that really go with our brand?"
•    "Can we put a wig on her? Her hair is too dry/oily/curly/straight."
•    "What size is she? Anything bigger than an 8 won’t work!"
•    "What height is she? THAT short? No thanks!"
•    "How many centimeters is her bust? Hm. Her cupsize is too small/large."
•    "Has she gained any weight? Tell her to lose 5kgs and get back to us."
•    "Her 'look' is all wrong…" and so on.

I know it's horribly impersonal talking about a human being as if they are a product.  I can't even imagine how that affects your self-confidence – especially in such a competitive industry, surrounded by thinner/prettier/taller women, 24 hours a day.
Cruel? I think so.

But it is, unfortunately, what models sign up for when they choose this career path because they are, let’s be real, selling their exterior.

Nonetheless, is it fair that two centimeters can be the difference between being employed and not? I don't think so. And the court's verdict supports this, despite the agency's lawyer's argument that modeling is "not for everybody".

Elite, who had paid a portion of her contract, was required to fork out the remaining €65,000.

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Do you think it is okay to fire a model for that extra two centimetres because they are essentially selling their appearance? Or is this too extreme?
MHH 2012-03-12 08:39:43 AM
It's also not enough that they should be taller, thinner and prettier...but based on their expressions on the ramp, they should look p....d off too. This is not difficult considering that they are on the verge of starvation.
AllTheGoodNamesAreGone 2012-03-12 09:27:11 AM
kele... really? im so f*cken pissed off with the standard of news24 reporting... sensationalism, sensationalism, sensationalism... Modeling, just like any other job, has its criteria! this is her job! its her job to look and be a certain way! you have to be qualified to do it! Elite models was her employer. She was not "qualified" to do the job. That is what it is. IT IS NOT CRUEL - IF YOU PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE - THAN THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM! that is the way the modeling industry works
Dominique Teles 2012-03-12 10:15:10 AM
@Marc57 If they are advertising a product for theirs, they have a right to choose the criteria for the advertisements as well as the criteria for the models in it. If the model's body or look does not blend well with the clothes or product they are attempting to advertise then why should they be ridiculed just because the model doesn't fit the profile. If she is too fat then she is too fat, if her hips are too big then they are too big. It's their advertisement, they are paying for it, therefore they can choose how they want it to be.
Ramona Fredericks 2012-03-12 03:49:58 PM
on moral ground i would unfair..... but when you head into this career of your own free choice then this all comes with the territory and you are free to tell them to go take a hike any time. so no i not i dont think its unfair all of us have criteria to meet when looking for a job.... you decide you career path by the end of the day and they get the money and if they don't respect themselves enough to say noway.... well what is the point of us saying ooh that is ridiculous non of them stand up and say no way i am selling anorexia to kids...so no i dont feel sorry for models
Suzanne Litthauer 2012-03-12 05:41:26 PM
I think the problem here is that she WON THE COMPETITION and then suddenly she wasn't good enough for the agency affiliated with the show. And @Blinding: have you even seen her photo? If you say she is one of those 'fat girls'...well, let's just say I hope you NEVER have a daughter.
Angela 2012-03-13 08:44:31 PM
Well, her hips are a bit on the wider side. But she is not fat. She has the most common body shape: pear and that's just how it is. Every model I see on runways these days is skeletal and rectangular, not very feminine; and look at their faces! NOT happy. Maybe she'll do better with modelling swimwear ans underwear where she can show off her hips.