A Brazilian bombshell has ignited a big catfight – between two rival modeling agencies.
Supermodel Daiane Sodré da Silva, whose lithe, tanned figure has appeared in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Oscar De La Renta and J. Crew, is being sued by her former modeling agency for bailing on her exclusive three-year contract to join a rival outfit.
Marilyn Modeling Agency filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court claiming that the agency had locked Sodré da Silva into an exclusive contract when they brought her from her native Brazil to the United States, but the Sao Paulo sexpot went behind the company’s back to sign with rival agency Major.
On top of the high-profile split, Sodré da Silva also allegedly stiffed Marilyn Modeling of $17,000 in commissions. The agency also claims Major is using photos of Daiane taken by Marilyn to promote the Brazilian babe.
Major is accused of having "induced or otherwise arranged with Sodré da Silba to breach her contract," and Sodré da Silva of "unjustly enriching" herself, the suit alleges, according to the New York Daily News.
Marilyn Modeling is pushing for the court to void Sodré da Silva’s contract with Major and is seeking money damages from the rival agency and the Brazilian model.
Major is contesting the claims and said it will defend the allegations of wrongdoing in court.
Sodré da Silva came to them "because she wasn't making any money at Marilyn," and had been looking for new representation, Major Vice-president Elizabeth Gubitosi told the Daily News.