Model Cassi Van Den Dungen, who has walked for Miu Miu, Calvin Klein, The Row, Honor, and Giles, among others, claims that fellow Aussie Josh Goot still has not paid her for a lookbook she did for him in 2013. Van Den Dungen, who was a runner-up in the fifth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model, took to her Instagram this week, sharing a photo from designer Josh Goot's Resort 2013 collection, along with the comment: "The bets are on!!!!! This 'client' hasn't paid!!!! Who remembers this shoot from 2013?" Additionally, she told the Daily Mail that not only has she not been paid for the job at issue, she was injured during the two-day shoot. The 21-year old will reportedly be taking her case to Fair Work Australia, the Australian industrial relations tribunal that "works with employees, employers and the community to educate and encourage compliance with Australia's workplace laws."
Van Den Dungen claims: "I shot two days of look books with Josh Goot, shooting roughly 100 looks each day over seven hours. Most look books are anywhere between 30-70 looks, there was no time to waste, I was running between changes." As for the injury, she said:
For the first time ever I actually had to stop shooting a few times to take a break because I was in so much pain. After the second day shooting I could hardly walk. If I touched my ankle softly I could feel it in my toes and it hurt. I had my ankle strapped for three months straight and for another three months on and off to build the strength back up and support it after longs days on my feet. Ever since then there has been shoots I've had to stop because of pain, especially in those first six months.
Sydney-based Josh Goot launched his eponymous womenswear collection in 2004. He has subsequently gained steam, being spotted on girlfriend/Vogue Australia editor/street style star, Christine Centenera, and becoming known for his vibrant digital prints and hyper-boxy shapes. Goot debuted a capsule collection for Target in 2007 and began stocking at stores internationally, as well as on an array of e-commerce sites, including Shopbop, Forward By Elyse Walker, Matches, Lyst, and Yoox.
As for Van Den Dungen, who walked exclusively for Calvin Klein in September 2013, this is not her first time at the center of controversy. The model (and mother of one) came under fire last season after she hit Alex Perry's runway in April looking scary skinny. According to the Telegraph, Van den Dungen’s appearance was so shocking and skeletal that Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank called the model’s agent regarding the state of her health. The media scrutiny was so intense that Perry spoke out about the casting, saying: “I look at the images and recoil from it. It’s not an image I think is a good one to put forward certainly not one I’ve presented my brand about. I don’t like it."