A model has launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against her former college claiming they used a picture of her without permission. Christine Walker insists New York’s New School should pay $10 million in damages after putting her face on ads around the city.
The 27-year-old, from Brooklyn, claims the photos failed to show her in her best light – and have ruined her chances of getting paid modelling work with other schools.
The huge claim for damages is set out in a 21-page document filed at the Manhatten Supreme Court, according to the New York Daily News.
Ms Walker, a 5ft 9in brunette with what her lawyers describe as an ‘easily identifiable’ face and body, graduated in Music Theater from the self-styled ‘progressive university’ in 2012. She claims that, a year before she left, her picture was unwittingly taken by a university photographer as she sat in Italian language class.
Ms Walker claims she tried to avoid being in any photos, but was horrified when, a year after her graduation, she saw her image on posters in New York’s subway and adverts in newspapers.
Her lawyers have branded the images of her ‘sub-optimal’, because she had not received professional make-up or hair styling before the ‘photoshoot’.
The model’s legal team quickly sent off a letter demanding her image be pulled from adverts, but no action was taken by the university, they claim. She is now claiming $10 million in punitive damages, $250,000 for emotional distress and another $125,000 for compensatory damages, as well as demanding the institution pay her legal costs.
In a profile on the modelmayhem website, the model describes herself as a ‘theatre and film actress’ who is currently looking to build up her portfolio and find an agent. New School have not commented on reports of the lawsuit. The university, founded in 1919, runs more than 130 courses for around 10,000 students a year and, according to its website, prides itself on its ‘forward thinking educators’ who ‘challenge the status quo’.