Former Miss Dior Cherie, Maryna Linchuk, is a top model and a top money maker, so it’s no wonder DNA was sad to see her part ways for Ford.
Linchuk has been signed with DNA since 2006, and in those five years DNA says they have “invested heavily in promoting, marketing and managing Linchuk’s career and professional image, preparing her for and helping her choose modeling assignments, shoots, etc., As a direct result of DNA’s efforts, Linchuk has become a successful and sought after model,” Reuters is reporting.
All was well in DNA’s house until April 15 of this year, when Linchuk suddenly announced her desire to leave the agency. Soon after DNA received an email from a Ford model agent requesting that any requests for Linchuk be passed over to Ford.
DNA claims Ford “solicited and induced Linchuk to break her contract with DNA.” The lawsuit claims that Ford damaged DNA’s reputation and Linchuk breached her contract with DNA. The total damages DNA is suing for is $2 million dollars, which seems somewhat fair considering the money Linchuk must have made on her Miss Dior Cherie campaign alone plus the paychecks from being a Victoria Secret Angel.
This is the second high profile model lawsuit in a year again Ford. Last May Next sued Ford for poaching Karmen Pedaru, Anna Aleksandra Cywinska, and Anna J.