Ginta Lapiņa (born 30 June 1989) is one of the Victoria's Secret models who isn't known nearly as well in the United States as she is around the world. However, the folks at Victoria's Secret don't fool around, and they know how to spot a top model when they see one. Ginta modelled for Victoria's Secret Pink in 2008.
Let's see what we can learn about Latvian lovely Ginta Lapina.
Lapina was born in Riga, the capital of Latvia and grew up in what she calls a "very very small city," though she often visited Riga. When she was 15, she was approached by Nils Raumanis in the street. At first she said no, but he persisted and took some pictures. He quickly arranged for Lapina to sign with MC2 Model Management in New York. "To be honest, I never wanted to be a model." She likes to paint, first still lifes, more recently people. She says that one of her dreams is to open a gallery.
Ginta made her debut for Benjamin Cho at the Spring 2008 New York Fashion Week. This led to her signing that year with Women Management (see below).
Ginta has been on many covers, but few in the United States:
France: 'Elle' - May 06 2011; 'Antidote' - Fall 2012; 'Elle' - August 31 2012
Japan: 'Numéro' - #61 November 2012
Korea: 'W Korea' - July 2011
Latvia: 'L'Officiel' - October 2009
Mexico: 'Vogue' - April 2012
Portugal: 'Vogue' - July 2008
Russia: 'Allure' - December 2013
Spain: 'Harper's Bazaar' - February 2013
Switzerland: 'Annabelle' - August 10 2011
Ginta has walked for all of the usual top designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana and Vivienne Westwood.
Ginta has had some controversy. In 2014, she claimed that her agency, Men Women N.Y. Model Management (its full name), had breached its contract with her by putting her in inappropriate ads.
Lapina sued Women Management and jumped to another top agency, DNA.
The essence of the claim appears to be that Lupina claims that Women Management lied to her about how one of her photo shoots was going to be used. It went to one place, a hair care product, instead of where she thought it was going, to promote Karl Lagerfeld. This, she further claims in the suit, damaged her brand. To add further injury to insult, they never paid her for the use of her photos for the shampoo.
Women Management counter-sued, claiming that Lapina was merely using the incident as a pretext to switch agencies.
This is the typical way that top models get into legal trouble. They sign contracts early in their careers that are perhaps not as favorable as they would have gotten later in their careers, after becoming established. It would not be surprising if Lapina's deal with DNA rewards her better than her old deal with Women Management did. That's just a wild guess, mind you.
The bright side is, it's good to be wanted.
There's no question that Lapina is wanted. Lapina's clients include DKNY, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Caroline Herrera, Anna Sui, Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs. She worked for, among others, Ann Taylor, Joe Fresh and Neiman Marcus in 2014, DKNY, Marchesa, and Balmain in 2015.
Lapina is seeking $1 million damage to her brand, and also an injunction against the shampoo ads.
Lapina alleges that she was paid just $19,700 for the photo shoot used for the shampoo ads. That is nothing for a top model like Ginta.
If nothing else, the suit provides an interesting look into the true inner workings of the modelling business, regardless of who is right or wrong.
Lapina is married to businessman Adam Hock. He has a reputation of his own.
Hock got into a nightclub brawl with a member of the royal family of Monaco and a top Greek business tycoon. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Obviously, Ginta leads an interesting life. We should all have her problems.
Ginta is on Twitter and Instagram if you want to keep abreast of her latest news. She lives in New York. She says that she likes it "if you can learn the language. There's not so much history, but there are so many different kinds of people... it's very nice."
Ginta believes that "Black lace should be every girl's best friend."
Ginta has blonde hair, blue eyes, and naturally fair skin.
Some say that Ginta fits into the "Doll face" category. She has always had a "young" look to her, with a face like delicate porcelain.
Ginta is 5'9" (175cm), and (US) 32-23-32 ; (EU) 81-58-81.