A size two model sues her former desk and claims that she has deeply shamed her and said she is & # 39; too big & # 39; was to work.
Cleirys Velasquez, 24, started working with Marilyn Model Management shortly after graduating from college and moved from her native Panama to New York City.
But she claims in a lawsuit filed today that her agent, agent president Maria Cognata, often discredited her appearance, insisted on frequent considerations, and prevented her from working, according to The Daily Beast.
Legal matters: Cleirys Velasquez, 24, sues Marilyn Model Management
Size two: She says the agency has embarrassed her and told her that she & # 39; is too large & # 39; was to work
Cleirys was initially enthusiastic about drawing with Marilyn Model Management, which also represents Claudia Schiffer and Bar Rafaeli at its offices in Paris.
She went on to book performances for Maybelline, Aveda and Mary Kay.
But things got sour, she claims, when her agent, Maria Cognata, started making negative comments about her body, sometimes to other agents.
Cleirys says she was frequently exposed weight and measurement controls, and was made to look like not available for customers.
& # 39; She was always measuring me and always let me know that I was too big for her. It would be things like you're too big, we can't let you go to see this person, or we can't make you work, & she said.
She claims that Maria announced that she hated & # 39; that she & # 39; cha cha girl & # 39; referring to her Latin American descent.
She started working with Marilyn Model Management after she moved from her native Panama to New York City
Rude: Cleirys says she was subjected to frequent weight and measurement checks and presented as unavailable to customers
Tension: She said her agent Maria Cognata was starting to make negative comments about her body, sometimes to other agents
& # 39; Sometimes it would really make me doubt myself, hate myself. My self-confidence would be hit so hard that I should try to breathe and say, "No, you know she's not right," Cleirys said.
In November of last year, Cleirys told Marilyn Model Management that she was leaving and switched to another agency, One Management.
Then Marilyn filed his own lawsuit against One, claiming that they had stolen Cleirys while under contract, although a lawyer for One denied the allegations.
The president of Marilyn and the former agent of Cleirys violently denies the claims of her former customers and told DailyMail.com in a statement that the lawsuit & # 39; frivolous & # 39; is.
& # 39; This frivolous new lawsuit follows Marilyn's repeated success in court against One Management & # 39 ;, she said.
A plus: she has booked performances for Maybelline, Aveda and Mary Kay
& # 39; Sometimes it would really make me doubt myself, hate myself. My self-confidence would be hit so hard, & Cleirys said
& # 39; The courts have now blocked the unlawful campaign from One Management to claim Marilyn's success with the models it represents. The courts have also repeatedly rejected the legal maneuvers of One Management, and we are convinced that they will do this again with this lawsuit.
& # 39; Marilyn remains very proud of his successful track record on behalf of the models it represents. & # 39;
Interestingly, the lawsuit between Marilyn and One is common in the industry: agencies often sue other bodies for poaching models.
Cleirys' suit is more irregular, although not the first of its kind.
Last year a group of models submitted a class action business suit against agencies such as Wilhemina, Next, Elite and Click, claiming they were made to undergo weekly weighings and even undergo thigh-slimming surgery.
& # 39; There is nothing good about the way the New York City modeling industry handles its models, & # 39; read the suit according to the New York Post.
& # 39; It was always just that she was measuring me, always letting me know that I was too big for her, & # 39; she said
"Things would be like being too big, we can't let you go and see this person, or we can't make you work," added Cleirys
& # 39; The defendants – some of the largest and most powerful modeling agencies in the city and the world – have systematically used the models they claim to represent by unjustly diverting millions of dollars in value from the models to themselves.
The indicting models include Vanessa Perron, Marcelle Almonte, Carina Vretman, Eleni Tzimas, Melissa Baker, Grecia Palomares and male model Alex Shanklin.
Vanessa Perron claimed that Next had made her & # 39; a procedure to make her thighs slimmer (and even offered to recommend a facility to offer this service), along with instructing her that she should lose weight , her hair must change, dress differently and train more. & # 39;
Melissa Bake claimed that she was weighed and measures up to three times a week at Click.
Eleni Tzimas claimed that Elite requires hair and other models to be photographed several times a year in bathing suits so that (they) could follow their weight and figure. & # 39;
The suit also addressed issues such as wages, living conditions and other pressures.
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