25-year-old Avril Nolan originally from Dublin, Ireland and currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Is suing Getty for $450,000 for selling her picture to the DHR without her consent!
The Greenpoint resident found out she was the poster child for a Human Rights campaign via Facebook. A quarter page color ad appeared in the widely-distributed free newspaper “amNewYork” back in April featuring Ms. Nolan along side the text “I am positive (+) … I have rights.”
Can you imagine the humiliation and embarrassment? Avril had to face her mortification and explain to family, friends, bosses that her image had been used in an advertisement for HIV services, implying that she was infected with HIV. The picture of the ad with her face on it, was taken years ago by a photographer but according to Jena Cumbo- the New York photographer in question- never intended the picture was used in that way!
You can imagine Nolan’s fury! A simple apology might not be enough, she is also pursuing a legal claim against the state’s Division of Human Rights.
Avril Nolan graduated first class with honors, she has a B.A in Communication from Dublin City Univeristy, she graduated back in 2009.
She was the Editor in Chief of DCU (Dublin City University) Style magazine ‘The Look’, ans was shortlisted in 2009 as one of the Best Society Publication in Irelands for the Student Media Awards.
According to her Linkedin she speaks French and her skills include Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Public Relations, Editing, Marketing, Press Releases, Media Relations, Editorial, Social Media Marketing, Blogging, Visual Merchandising, Social Media, Facebook, Styling and Publicity.
She started opening her own path in 2008 working for Philip Treacy as a Public Relations Assistant in London, U.K; then in 2009 she worked at Six Creative for eight months also in London; she was a content producer for ireland.com in Dublin, she was in charge of overseeing editorial content for Style, Lifestyle, and Entertainment pages.
Then in the summer of 2010 she moves to New York and starts working for Parish PR as an assistant. Then she moved on to Nylon magazine to the marketing area; last years she worked for L.E.R Public Relations as an Account Exec and she currently is a Senior Account Coordinator at Bollare, managing luxury and contemporary fashion brands including Reformation, Only Hearts, Iris von Arnim and Manhattan Vintage.
We hope you get some money back girl! What would you do if your face appeared in an HIV + add?