After 25-year-old Miss Universe China 2011, Luo Zilin, was photographed kissing and canoodling Naomi Campbell’s ex-boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, in Ibiza this past week, Zilin got the boot from her management company. Zillin, who was a contestant and mentee of Campbell's modeling show, “The Face," has been fired by MIX Model Management NYC for “unprofessional conduct” and an “unacceptable work ethic." According to Neal Hamil, President of MIX Management, “Zilin's contract with MIX Model Management NYC was terminated last week." So, we have to ask: Is that legal?
Considering that I am not sure of the contents of Zilin's contract with MIX Management, we will have to speculate. However, assuming that her contract doesn't include anything too outlandish, Zilin probably has a few substantiated claims. Breach of contract - for one thing. Because Zilin doesn't appear to have been hooking up with Naomi's ex. on the set of a modeling shoot or in lieu of going to work (that I know of), I'm not exactly sure the “unprofessional conduct” and “unacceptable work ethic" claims are grounded in much truth.
Modeling (agency and management) contracts basically all set out a list of things that could lead to termination of the contract by the agency or management company. These include: changes in the model's appearance, a model's failure to fulfill confirmed jobs without acceptable reason, failure to attend castings without acceptable reason, being late for commitments, and engaging in any activity that would hinder the fulfillment of model’s work obligations (e.g., partying, taking drugs, etc.). While this last one leaves much to the imagination, I highly doubt a court would find that dating someone's ex-boyfriend falls in that category.