FASHION LAW: FORMER CONTESTANT GETS SNUBBED TWICE BY ANTM
Former contestant from America’s Next Top Model, Angelea Preston has gone on national television to get booted twice. First appearing on Cycle 14 in March 2010 and later brought back in Cycle 17 for an All Stars season, Preston though eliminated the first time around actually won the second time, but was revoked from her grand prize due to her past. To meet that end, Preston filed a $4 million suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court on December 10th, 2014.
Preston disclosed that she had previously worked as a legal escort prior to the contract, which was not an issue until after she won the competition and did not receive the grand prize package that consisted of: (1) a Vogue Italia fashion spread; (2) a Beauty in Vogue cover and spread; (3) a Vogue.it blog post; (4) a US $100,000 CoverGirl Cosmetics contract; (5) an Express fashion campaign; (6) being guest correspondent on Extra; (7) a chance to be the face of an America’s Next Top Model perfume. That is a lot to lose after playing by the rules and working hard. Rather than give Preston the final grand prize, ANTM reshoots the finale episode giving the prize to 30-year old contestant Lisa D’Amato.
The Plaintiff stated that Defendants Tyra Banks Company, executive producers Ken Mok and Laura Fuest Silva, The CW Network LLC, Pottle Productions, and Anisa Productions had caused her emotional distress and broken labor laws. She and Metro Model Management claimed that during the shoot of the cycle models were not given minimum wage (Labor Code §§ 1197, 1197.1), overtime wages (Labor Code §§ 510, 558, 1198), meals and regular breaks (Labor Code §§ 226.7) and the defendants executed unfair business practices (B&P Code § 17200). In addition to those, Preston also asserted that they broke an oral agreement, and breached a written contact and covenant of good faith.by