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Why Karlie Kloss is Worth Going to Court Over
Today "Page Six" reported that Elite Model Management is suing fellow model agency Next for stealing away its young star Karlie Kloss by offering her "improper compensation" to sign. Nowadays it would seem that agencies have pale, lanky 15-year-old girls growing out of the floorboards, so what difference does it make if an agency loses one to a rival? The difference, in this case, is Kloss herself: A look back at her career's mind-boggling blowup over such a short period of time explains why agents would fight tooth and nail over the girl.
First and foremost, at just 15, Kloss is making serious money. By our count, she walked 31 shows in New York, 20 in Milan, and 13 in Paris — and that's just for the fall 2008 collections. Sixty-four shows in a single season, and we're not talking about inconsequential designers, either. [...]
Meanwhile, Kloss's print presence is growing. She’s been all over Teen Vogue for some time, and in February graduated to Vogue Italia. She's prominently featured in Numéro’s April issue and Nina Ricci's spring ads. Back from a little rest and school in St. Louis, Kloss will be shooting more in New York soon.
So Kloss is an in-demand workhorse, a profit-turning wunderkind — and did we mention she's just 15? Yeah. For Elite to lose her to Next, no matter how it happened, it has to hurt. And it's the sort of pain that only expensive lawyers and ugly litigation can soothe.
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