We’ve all had days when we haven’t wanted to show up for work, but not all of us have the luxury of forfeiting a cool $1.5 million USD to snooze the alarm. For Kendall Jenner, who reportedly didn’t show up to a planned photoshoot for Italian brand Liu Jo, skiving off work could now be costly.
On Monday, Liu Jo filed a legal complaint against Jenner in the US District Court in Manhattan, alleging the 25-year-old model failed to fulfil her contractual obligations by not attending the second of two planned photoshoots for the label last year.
Jenner, who is currently the world’s highest-paid model, was set to be paid a cool $1.5 million USD for two campaign shoots, however after it was pushed back due to the pandemic, she reportedly failed to show up to the second one, despite Liu Jo already paying her $1.35 million in February 2020.
Due to Covid-19 lockdowns, the second shoot, which was initially set to take place in London in March 2020, had to be pushed back. But after initially pencilling in October 2020 for the reshoot, Liu Jo claims Jenner’s team since stopped responding “to urgent requests and communications relating to the logistics” of rescheduling.
The brand claimed Jenner’s alleged failure to honour her contract had engendered “great expense” for the company, who was eventually forced to “find replacement models” and “restructure its entire Spring/Summer photoshoot” at “great expense.”
Jenner’s management company fully denied the allegations. In a statement to E! News, a rep for the company said, “This suit is without merit. The Society Management, on behalf of Ms. Kendall Jenner, has continually offered Liu Jo alternative dates and locations to fulfil [sic] an agreement that was forced to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Jenner herself hasn’t commented, but with launching her tequila brand, 818, and celebrating one-year with NBA player Devin Booker, we’d say she’s likely had a pretty packed iCal. Here’s hoping her chequebook is more accommodating.