Do you recognize this woman? She is the face of everything from bottled water to teeth whitening kits ‚Äď but she hasn't seen a CENT in royalties after being caught in a photoshoot scam

  • Katy Gaines living in South Africa when she was asked to take part in photoshoot
  • Soon, friends began seeing her face popping up all over the world in adverts¬†
  • She has not earned any money from the pictures after signing away royalties¬†¬†

A woman who agreed to take part in modelling shoot for a stock photos company has seen her face appear in adverts around the world but has not earned a penny for it.

Katy Gaines was living in Cape Town, South Africa when a couple approached her and asked if she would be be interested in some paid modelling work for their stock photo business.

At the time she just wanted some professional photographs to send to her mother.

Katy Gaines has become the face of products around the world after agreeing to take part in a photoshoot in South Africa 

Katy Gaines has become the face of products around the world after agreeing to take part in a photoshoot in South Africa 

Many of the products she advertises are for health and beauty as well as dentistry 

Many of the products she advertises are for health and beauty as well as dentistry 

Soon after the pictures were taken, people began contacting her about all the adverts they has seen her in

Soon after the pictures were taken, people began contacting her about all the adverts they has seen her in

According to Gaines they told her 'all of our photos have been used for Japanese pop-up ads and random internet ads that you'll never see. It's not going to be a big lucrative thing.'

'They told me that they wouldn't be able to pay me for the first shoot,' Gaines told Deadspin.

But there was a possibility of earning royalties and a second shoot if 'the image does well', they said.

Since then she has appeared selling phone data on the side of a bus in Oslo, on Mexican bottled water brand, a Portuguese mall's makeup section and in various photo editing apps.

'A friend of mine texted me when she was in Ibiza and she was like, "Imagine my surprise when I rolled over at 7:00 in the morning after partying all night, and whose face do I see on the water bottle but you?"'

Initially she was told her face would appear in adverts that no-one would see

Initially she was told her face would appear in adverts that no-one would see

The rights to Katy's image are owned by a South African company after she signed away the royalties

The rights to Katy's image are owned by a South African company after she signed away the royalties

Nowadays the sightings of her are restricted to once every two months. 'To me it's just a funny story,' she said

Nowadays the sightings of her are restricted to once every two months. 'To me it's just a funny story,' she said

Gaines also recalls a friend told her someone was using her picture as an 'after' photo for a clitoral cyst cream.

Even in Orange County, a friend recognized her on the pamphlet for a teeth whitening treatment.

She has most recently been spotted by friends visiting Oslo and Amsterdam, who have seen her face on advertisements for dentistry products.

'When it first happened. It was all over the place - it was really widespread,' she but she added sightings have died down and friends only send Gaines photos of her own face on about 'every two months.'

The images of her are owned by a South Africa-based company boasting thousands of image available for use on their Shutterstock page but she has had not seen any royalties.

She has not heard from the photographers lured her in with the sales pitch after signing a contract that prevented her from collecting any money.

At first, Gaines was a bit angry but that has subsided.

'At first I just felt stupid, because I knew I should've been more careful. But I was only probably mad for a quick second. To me it's just a funny story. My mom was really p****d, though.'

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Woman lured in by stock photo scam and earns nothing from photos

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