This Model Is Being Sued For Not Being Loyal

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In a tale that reads like a really bad breakup, a small modeling agency in New York is taking legal action against a model who allegedly left them in the lurch after they did the hard work to propel her into the spotlight – only for the model to sign on with a well-funded competitor.

Women Management has taken credit for helping British model Megan May Williams, a lovely blonde with piercing blue eyes, to become the face of Guess and secure other gigs that helped her to get to where she is now.

The agency claims in its Manhattan lawsuit that it “guided and managed [Williams] from obscurity and inconsistent work into an ‘A-List’ talent who books lucrative, regular work with Victoria’s Secret, Guess, and Ralph Lauren.”

The suit goes on to accuse rival The Lions Model Management for engaging in “a brazen scheme to undermine and sever [Women Management’s] exclusive contractual representations of one of its most renowned models,” claiming that The Lions stole fees that Women Management should have received for making Williams “a worldwide fashion icon.”

Williams signed on with Women Management in 2012 as a “virtual unknown” in the modeling industry, but by 2015, she had landed in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and was beginning to book more high-profile jobs — both classical and nearly naked. Her exclusive contract with Women Management is allegedly good through October 2017.

According to the suit, Williams – who makes upwards of $300,000 a year as a runway model – was wooed by a Lions higher-up when he gave her a ride home from a Paris fashion show on a private jet.

Women Management believes that they should be paid $500,000 in damages, since the contract stipulates that the agency should have been receiving 20 percent of her income, as well as an additional 20 percent from her clients.

The Lions Model Management made headlines when it burst onto the scene in 2012 and poached several prominent models in the run up to New York Fashion Week. By 2014, the upstart was luring top models and agents from numerous star-studded circles, in part because of The Lions’ commitment to model diversity.

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