Model Ginta Lapina Scores Early Victory Against Former Agency

Model Ginta Lapina has scored an early victory in the lawsuit Women Model Management filed against her. You may recall that the Latvia-born beauty, who was represented by New York-based Women until this past September, was slapped with a breach of contract suit by the agency after she jumped ship to rival DNA model management. Women’s lawsuit alleges that 25-year old Lapina is under contract with them until 2016, and asks the court to order her to fulfill her contract with Women, as it "invested substantial time, money and resources in Lapina’s nascent career" and she is “a unique and irreplaceable talent." Specifically, Women asked the court to issue a preliminary injunction, blocking Lapina from working with DNA until the lawsuit was completed.

Well, as of late last month, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez refused to order a preliminary injunction, holding that Lapina's departure from the agency will not burden the company too significantly, as she is just  one of many highly paid models on the Women Model Management roster. Moreover, Mendez held that Women's claims that Lapina’s defection threatened the existence of its business were merely “conclusory and speculative.”

Lapina, who has fronted campaigns for Celine, YSL, Moschino, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Miu Miu, among others, filed a suit of her own on the heels of being sued by Women. In her suit, Lapina claims that the modeling agency withheld thousands of dollars from her in connection with a photo shoot with Karl Lagerfeld. She further alleges 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, but is suing for over $1 million, as she claims the job diluted her image.