Sep 28, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
(granted this doesn't really discuss male model incomes specifically but the income levels are remarkably lower than I would have imagined though obviously there are always outliers)
How much do you think fashion models make? It’s one of those professions that unless you know someone, or work in the biz, there’s not a lot of information out there to have a good view into. Judging by models’ perceived glamour and high society status, not to mention the cut-throat competition they deal with, you might think it’s a lot. I think I did. Which is why this line from a TNR review of the new book Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model struck me as amazing:The median income across America in 2009 for a model was $27,330—income that includes no benefits.
- The average magazine shoot pays about $100 a day. For appearing on the cover of Vogue a model gets an additional $300.
- Payment for walking in a Fashion Week show in London is $500.
- The super sought-after “high-end campaign”—for a fragrance or some other luxury good pays, on average, about $100,000.
- The question of what makes a good model is prone to the greatest illogic and shrouded by the most impermeable mystery. A distinct “editorial” look is one that, in Mears’s words sits “on the border between beautiful and ugly.”