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Holland's Next Top Model winner wins case against modelling agency

Ananda Marchildon claimed that Elite dropped her because her 34.5-inch hips were too big.

Image: Jamiesrabbits via Creative Commons

A FORMER MODEL who won the television show “Holland’s Next Top Model” has won a lawsuit against the Elite modelling agency after she was dropped for having hips that were supposedly too large.

The Amsterdam District Court has ruled that Ananda Marchildon, now 25, was entitled to the main prize she won in the 2008 production of the show, a contract worth €75,000. Marchildon argued she was dismissed after only €10,000 worth of work.

The court said in a written ruling today that Marchildon had a hip size of 92 centimeters (around 36 inches) at the time of her contract.

The ruling says “Elite could therefore not demand she reach a hip size of 90 centimeters” — about 34.5 inches.

It awarded her around €65,000 in damages.

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