The other side of the pay gap

The Sun (Malaysia) - - STYLE -

THE gen­der pay gap con­tin­ues to fuel widespread po­lit­i­cal de­bate, but this week the at­ten­tion is fo­cused on the fash­ion mod­el­ling in­dus­try, af­ter a key in­dus­try fig­ure shed light on the fact that when it comes to the cat­walk it is men, rather than women, who are strug­gling to shat­ter the glass ceil­ing.

In an in­ter­view with BBC News­beat, top agent for male mod­els El­iz­a­beth Rose, Head of the Men’s Board at Premier Model Man­age­ment, spoke out about the dis­par­ity in wages be­tween male and fe­male clotheshorses.

“The top 10 fe­male mod­els all make mil­lions,” she told the site. “Only the top three male mod­els make over a mil­lion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Rose, a ma­jor fe­male model could take home up to £40,000 (RM216,000) in cat­walk fees for an im­por­tant show, com­pared to an av­er­age fee of £10,000 (RM54,000) for a man. Busi­ness pub­li­ca­tion Forbes backs up the theory, re­veal­ing last year that 2014’s high­est paid fe­male su­per­model, Gisele Bund­chen, took home over US$47 mil­lion (RM192.7 mil­lion) that year, while the top-earn­ing male model in 2013, Sean O’Pry, earned just over US$1.5 mil­lion (RM6.15 mil­lion).

How­ever, things could be look­ing up for male mod­els. Thanks to the rise of so­cial me­dia savvy stars such as David Gandy, Ja­son Mor­gan and Lucky Blue Smith, the idea of the celebrity male model is grad­u­ally catch­ing on. Add this to the ex­plo­sive growth of the men’s groom­ing in­dus­try – with the haircare mar­ket in par­tic­u­lar pre­dicted to in­crease steadily over the next three years – and the re­cent emer­gence of sep­a­rate men’s fash­ion weeks in the key cities of New York, Mi­lan, Paris and Lon­don, and it seems safe to bet on male mod­els en­joy­ing a big­ger in­flu­ence (and a big­ger pay check) in the near fu­ture. – AFP Re­laxnews

Model David Gandy.

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