Miranda Kerr might make it look effortless, but in reality the modelling world can be a tough one, especially when it comes to making money.
Most of the girls on the international runways at the moment will be paid a â€œpittanceâ€ for the privilege of walking in the shows in exchange for industry credibility and exposure.
It begs the question, how does a model know when itâ€™s time to give up or keep going?
â€œShould (models) go for the money jobs, like fit modeling, commercials, or catalogs, and risk losing their chance at high-profile fashion work?â€ asks fashion blog Refinery 29. â€œOr should they take jobs for next-to-nothing (and sometimes literally nothing), in exchange for crucial exposure?â€
While Fashion Week around the world can be a major money puller for the worldâ€™s top runway models including Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, lesser known models can be reliant on one monthâ€™s income for much of the year.
â€œMaking USD4,200 (RM14,697.48) in a week (during Fashion Month) doesn’t sound bad on paper, but this biannual blip is by no means a regular income,â€ explains refinery29. It’s not unusual for models to go weeks without a paycheck, and when there is money coming in, it’s not like all that cash goes straight into the bank.â€
Model Ashley Stetts of xoJane.com says runway shows actually offer the least income for some models because theyâ€™re paid in â€œtradeâ€ (ie, free clothes).
â€œItâ€™s not unheard of for girls with smaller agencies to not get paid for jobs at all,â€ explained Stetts. â€œModels in need of cash can borrow money against their future earnings from their agencyâ€“and pay a high fee for the privilege.â€
So is this a cause that deserves more advocacy? Should models be putting up with such poor payment?
â€œAfter all,â€ says Refinery29, â€œa crowd of strutting, six-and-change-foot-tall models at a union meeting would be a force to be reckoned with.â€MYNEWSHUB