LATEST: Supermodel Niki Taylor has won the first round of her court battle with two Tennessee cosmetics companies as she fights to stop them from using her image in marketing campaigns.

Taylor, 30, claimed in a lawsuit that the Irene Group and Fortune Hills International companies used Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition photographs taken of her in 1998 to market their own beauty products without her knowledge or permission.

A Tennessee court has issued a temporary restraining order against the companies, stopping them from using the photographs.

The former Cover Girl spokesmodel is planning to launch her own cosmetics line this autumn (05) and feared fans would be confused by her apparent endorsement of a rival product.

The case is back in court in October (05).

28/07/2005 09:17