by Emily Draznik on
Rival modeling agencies Wilhelmina and IMG can’t stop suing each other more than we can’t get Naomi Campbell to stop throwing her phone at the help. The latest modeling agency legal battle involves IMG models hiring former Wilhelmina employee Kevin Apana to re-launch their men’s division.
IMG Models hosts a bevy of super-talent including Karlie Kloss, Kate Upton, Joan Smalls, and Giselle Bündchen, so leave it to Wilhelmina models to get jealous when IMG snatched men’s division modeling agent (and former Wilhelmina employee) Kevin Apana to relaunch their men’s division.
IMG closed their men’s devision in 2005, but are looking to relaunch the venture. To do so, they have hired men’s modeling agent Kevin Apana and fellow former Wilhelmina agent Greg Chen to head the new men’s division. According to records, both agents worked for Wilhelmina until February, but Apana was still contracted to work another year as a senior model agent for $155,000 annually.
With Karlie Kloss recently switching from Next Model Management to IMG, it makes sense that Wilhelmina does not want the rival to steal any of their employees from them as the agency is already gaining an advantage. With Kloss, Upton, Smalls, and Bündchen on team IMG, they’re star power just keeps on growing and they naturally want to expand into male modeling again.
So whether Apana broke his Wilhelmina contract or not, it will be interesting to watch and see how this power struggle between the two agencies turns out. Lord knows if we love anything, it’s a good cat fight and it when it involves pretty people it definitely makes it more difficult to turn away. Therefore this lawsuit is has us completely riveted. May the best model win.