A Dutch court has ruled in favor of Ananda Marchildon, a former model who was fired by the Elite modeling agency because her hips were three quarters of an inch too wide (or as one Elite official put it, “she has a fat ass.”)
Interview with Ananda Marchildon, the winner of… by tvnportal
The judgement, which required Elite to pay her the remainders of her contract plus accrued interest, did not suggest that Marchildon was entitled to a job regardless of industry standards, but rather than the contract with Elite was part of her reward for winning the Holland’s Next Top Model competition.
March 26, 2012:
A Dutch court will rule tomorrow on whether Ananda Marchildon was wrongfully deprived of a $100,000 (75,000 euro) modeling assignment, promised to her as the winner of 2008′s Holland’s Next Top Model. According to the Elite modeling agency, she was ineligible because she was “too fat”: specifically, her hips were three quarters of an inch too wide for the designer clothing she needed to model, and therefore she could not fulfill the assignment.
Now obviously, in the real world, Marchildon is not “too fat,” any more than a 225-pound man is “too skinny” — unless he’s seeking employment as a sumo wrestler.
Yes, we’re talking about ridiculous standards, and Marchildon has a lot of media support: but this is the field she chose to enter. We’ve seen a number of cases similar to this one, and without exception the models were perfectly happy with the profession’s requirements as long as they — largely by the fortune of good genes — were pretty enough, tall enough, and thin enough to meet them.
This article, and all articles on this site, are
© 2012 by Bill Bickel unless otherwise noted.