Carolyn Giles' 12-year modeling career has allowed her to "fulfill my lifelong dream of traveling around the world," she writes on her LinkedIn profile. But now, she says, it's turned into a nightmare. The 2012 Columbia University grad is suing Volvo, Hertz and the Ford Models agency for $23 million, reports the New York Daily News, for allegedly using her image dozens of times without her permission, including on a website that makes her appear like a Swedish escort.
Giles, 30, says she used the money from modeling towards her university tuition, and that Ford Models paid her a one-time use fee of $1,000 to promote Volvo's S40 model. But when an ex-boyfriend living in Argentina told her he thought he'd seen her photo in a Hertz ad, Giles used Google's reverse images to do some investigating.