Miss Universe China 2011 Luo Zilin paid a dear price for dating British supermodel's -- Naomi Campbell -- billionaire ex-boyfriend. She was fired from her New York agency.
According to an article in The Straits Times Communities, Luo received the sack after Campbell called in a few favours.
Luo, a Shanghai native, is a contestant on the modelling reality TV series The Face, in which 43-year-old Campbell became her friend and mentor.
The show features three supermodel coaches – Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova – who compete with each other to find the face of US beauty retailer Ulta Beauty among their handpicked models.
Campbell took Luo under her wing and, in an early episode, even raved about the latter’s potential, saying: “I cannot go wrong with her.”
But the real drama happened after filming wrapped.
Luo went after Campbell’s Russian billionaire ex-boyfriend Vladimir Doronin.
He started dating Campbell in 2008. They broke up in March.
Things spiralled downwards for the 1.82m-tall Luo when she was caught red-handed cavorting with and kissing Doronin on board his luxury yacht as well as at his holiday villa in Ibiza in early June.
For Campbell, it was game on.
And this time, she didn’t even have to lift a finger, well, perhaps just to dial some numbers.
Luo’s contract with Mix Model Management NYC was terminated “due to ongoing unprofessional conduct and unacceptable work ethic,” announced the firm’s president Neal Hamil.
Campbell, who often references quotes on her Twitter account, even issued a veiled warning by writing around the same time as the scandal: “The moment a person loses appreciation for the goodness others have done for them is the moment they begin their fall.”