‘Too fat’ top model competition winner wins case against agency

Top model agency Elite has been ordered to pay €65,000 to a winner of the Holland’s Next Top Model television show, after dropping her because she was ‘too fat’.

Ananda Marchildon, who won the 2008 edition of the show, told a court in Amsterdam she had only earned a fraction of the €75,000 promised and was dumped by the agency. Despite diet and exercise her hips were 94 cm to 98 cm wide, rather than the required 90 cm.
Marchildon signed a contract with Modelmasters The Agency, which was set up for the show. The contract, later taken over by Elite, stated an ‘income of €75,000 is guaranteed’ but Marchildon says she has earned around €10,000.
Another winner, Rosalinde Kikstra, who took the 2009 title, is also considering taking legal action after being dropped by Elite.
Broadcaster RTL and the show’s producer Endemol say the conflict is nothing to do with them. ‘Our involvement stops when the winners sign a contract,’ a spokesman said last year.
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