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Manhattan modelling agency sues rival claiming its ‘next star’ was poached

Manhattan modelling agency sues rival claiming its ‘next star’ was poached after breaking onto scene with Victoria’s Secret, L’Oréal and Gap

  • State Artist Management claims it plucked model Devyn Garcia out of obscurity
  • After signing a three-year contract in 2019, she went on to work with Victoria Secret, Adore Me, Gap, L’Oréal, Tommy Hilfiger and Nordstom’s
  • But on March 5, the company says she cancelled her contract unexpectedly
  • ‘Almost immediately,’ court filings say, she was pictured on the website of rival modelling agency – DNA Model Management

A Manhattan-based modelling agency is suing a rival firm that it claims poached its ‘next star’ after she broke onto the scene, according to court papers.

State Artist Management claims it plucked Victoria’s Secret cat-walker Devyn Garcia out of obscurity when she was just 18.

She signed a three-year contract with State Artist Management on September 3, 2019, according to a Tuesday filing with the Manhattan Supreme Court seen by the New York Post.

The papers say Ms Garcia – a plus size model – ‘had little experience with professional modelling,’ but State Artist Management ‘saw her potential and marketed her to its select clients as “the next star”.’

The company claims in the filing that thanks to its coaching, the model was able to book gigs with industry giants such as Victoria Secret, Adore Me, Gap, L’Oréal, Tommy Hilfiger and Nordstom’s and led to hear earning much higher wages.

State Artist Management claims it plucked Victoria’s Secret catwalker Devyn Garcia (pictured) out of obscurity when she was just 18. Papers filed to court claim that she signed a three-year contract with State Artist Management on September 3, 2019

But on March 5, Ms Garcia informed State Artist Management that she was cancelling her contract with them and 'almost immediately,' State Artist Management claims, rival modelling agency - DNA Model Management- posted pictures of Ms Garcia on its website (pictured)

But on March 5, Ms Garcia informed State Artist Management that she was cancelling her contract with them and ‘almost immediately,’ State Artist Management claims, rival modelling agency – DNA Model Management- posted pictures of Ms Garcia on its website (pictured)

But on March 5, Ms Garcia informed the company that she was cancelling her contract with them.

‘Almost immediately,’ State Artist Management claims, rival modelling agency – DNA Model Management, also of Manhattan – posted pictures of Ms Garcia on its website.

Ms Garcia is not named as the defendant in the case, according to the files.

‘Defendants enticed Garcia to breach her State contract only half-way through its term and position DNA to reap the financial benefit of State’s efforts to develop and promote Garcia,’ the suit alleges, according to The Post.

‘DNA is the 10,000 pound gorilla of the model management industry,’ the suit says, alleging that the rival firm has a history of inducing models to break their contracts.

‘Every model management company in New York has a list of models taken by DNA and State is no different,’ the suit claims.

Court documents claim Ms Garcia 'had little experience with professional modelling,' but State Artist Management 'saw her potential and marketed her to its select clients as "the next star".'

Court documents claim Ms Garcia ‘had little experience with professional modelling,’ but State Artist Management ‘saw her potential and marketed her to its select clients as “the next star”.’

The company claims in the filing that thanks to its coaching, Ms Garcia (pictured) was able to book gigs with industry giants such as Victoria Secret, Adore Me, Gap, L'Oréal, Tommy Hilfiger and Nordstom's and led to hear earning much higher wages

The company claims in the filing that thanks to its coaching, Ms Garcia (pictured) was able to book gigs with industry giants such as Victoria Secret, Adore Me, Gap, L’Oréal, Tommy Hilfiger and Nordstom’s and led to hear earning much higher wages

DNA Model Management faced another lawsuit in 2017 over model Adwoa Aboah, who allegedly threatened to use her mother’s connection in the fashion industry if Lion Model Management released her from her contract.

Ms Aboah went on to make a deal with DNA Model Management, who settled the case two years later in 2019.

DailyMail.com has contacted DNA Model Management for comment. 

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