Ananda Marchildon was the cycle 4 winner of Holland’s Next Top Model. Anyone who watches Top Model knows that one of the prizes includes a contract with Elite Model Management. Well Elite dropped the winner after she was told that her hips were too large. The Amsterdam District Court ruled Wednesday, that she is entitled to the prize she won in the 2008 which is a three-year contract worth $98,500 but 75,000 euro she was awarded euro65,000 ($85,000) in damages, plus interest and legal fees.
“I’m proud to be able to show that just because a modeling agency wants that, it doesn’t mean that if you have a bigger size you’re done for ,you’re still a person and you can be as beautiful as you want and it doesn’t come down to centimeters, it’s how you are and how you portray yourself.” she told the Associated Press in an interview
Marchildon argued she was dismissed after only euro 10,000 ($13,000) worth of work, because she didn’t lose enough weight to satisfy the agency. She gained weight after winning, she had a hip measurement of 92 centimeters (about 36.2 inches) when she won, and Elite could not demand that she go down to 90 centimeters – about 35.4 inches. Marchildon said she understood Elite’s wishes, though she didn’t necessarily agree with them, and the television program should rethink its format.
Elite spokeswoman Rita Camelli in Milan, Italy, said the agency was “disappointed” with the ruling and is now considering its options. “We felt we were in the right,”.
The court’s ruling included an email exchange between the 180-centimeter-tall (5-foot, 11-inch) model and a representative of Elite in the Netherlands whose name was redacted.
“We agreed that you would come by us every two weeks for an evaluation, how it’s going with your diet and exercise and losing weight. We’re going to keep measuring you,” the Elite representative wrote.
“Today, March 23 2010, we measured your hips at 98 centimeters. This is a reminder! The goal is that you have a hip circumference of no more than 90 centimeters at the end of June.”
Marchildon responded that she intended to regain her former shape, and not more. The ruling said that Marchildon had indeed returned to a 92-centimeter measure by June 2010, but the model and agency parted ways in September. Later Wednesday, Elite released a statement noting that it had taken over Marchildon’s contract from her former agency and that Elite itself never had a written agreement with her. It did not say whether it plans to appeal. Elite has represented Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum, and Iman.
“They shouldn’t have let me win, if they can’t be true to their word, it’s as simple as that,”
“I’m proud to be a good role model, that’s how I see it, for young girls. If you can’t be a model for high fashion, you’re still beautiful,” Marchildon said.