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On Thursday, the parents of teen model Hailey Clauson filed a $28 million lawsuit against Urban Outfitters and photographer Jason Lee Parry for using images of their daughter from a photo shoot last year on t-shirts and other products.
“She is posed in a blatantly salacious manner with her legs spread, without a bra, revealing portions of her breasts,” the lawsuit said.
But the 16-year-old Clauson isn’t a fresh face in the modeling business. She has modeled for companies like Gucci, Jill Stuart and Dsquared2.
Here are five things to know about the young model, caught in the middle of a rich lawsuit:
1. The California native was discovered at an open casting call in Los Angeles just a few years ago and immediately signed with a modeling agency. In an interview earlier this year with New York Magazine, Clauson called the moment “surreal” after revealing that she was “signed on the spot.”
2. Clauson began modeling at 14 years old for ad campaigns and appearing in print catalogues for clothing companies like Forever 21, before breaking through and appearing in a feature in Japanese Vogue as its Model of the Month. Shortly thereafter, Clauson would walk in her first fashion shows in the fall of 2010.
3. The young model was caught in some controversy when at 15 years old, Clauson was included in the fashion shows for several major fashion houses, including Diane von Furstenberg, earlier this year. The age limit set for models to walk in fashion shows is 16.
4. So far, Clauson has appeared in several editions of Vogue, including Chinese, Russian, French and Italian. She also has been featured in W, Elle and Zara catalogues.
5. In an interview, Clauson said the most difficult thing about being a model was “waiting for the end product to finally be published,” she said. “I’m always anxious and curious as to how the pictures will turn out.” But Clauson is taking everything in stride, saying “everything” about being a model is her favorite thing about the job. “I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.
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