Model Ginta Lapina Files $1M+ Lawsuit Against NYC Agency

Model Ginta Lapina is embroiled in some legal drama with her New York-based agency, Women Management. The Latvia-born beauty, who was represented by Women until last month, was slapped with a breach of contract suit  by the agency after she switched to rival DNA model management. According to Women's suit, which was filed last month in Manhattan Supreme Court, it signed Lapina back in 2008, and has "invested substantial time, money and resources in Lapina’s nascent career, providing countless hours of professional services to Lapina and parlaying its industry contracts to introduce Lapina to top fashion designers, advertising clients and other industry professionals."

Lapina, who has fronted campaigns for Celine, YSL, Moschino, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Miu Miu, among many others, has a pending contract with Women until 2016, making it problematic that she signed a new one with NYC-based DNA. Women further alleges in its suit that “Ginta Lapina is unique and irreplaceable talent,” and as a result, not only does the agency (which also reps Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Mariacarla Boscono, Natasha Poly and this season's most successful new face, Maartje Verhoef, among others) want the court to order Lapina to fulfill her contract requirements with Women.

Well, it doesn't end there. Since Women filed its suit, Lapina filed some claims of her own in Manhattan Supreme Court. In her suit against Women, Lapina claims that the modeling agency withheld thousands of dollars from her in connection with a photo shoot with Karl Lagerfeld. The 25-year old model, who is on models.com's Money Girls list (not surprisingly since she has pulled in $1 million in the past 8 months alone, according to Women's suit alleges in her complaint that Women mislead her as the usage of the photos at issue, and paid her a measly $19,700 for a shoot with Karl Lagerfeld that was subsequently used in an international hair-product ad campaign for Berlin-based company, Schwarzkopf. 

Lapina claims she was due a six or seven-figure paycheck for the gig. Her complaint states: “The Schwarzkopf Look 2014 Trends advertorial was NOT an advertising campaign, and therefore, the models were compensated only for their time for the photo shoot but not for the usage of their image … The Schwarzkopf products and look of advertisement are not of the caliber normally endorsed by a model of Ginta’s stature in the industry and have diluted her ‘brand’ as a model for the haute couture and/or highest paying clients.” In addition to a $1 million-plus damages award, Lapina is seeking an injunction to prevent Schwarzkopf from using her photos.