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For the elephant in the room...how do high fashion models make their money? A football player I used to know who wasn't into fashion used to always say that they were really escorts and high dollar prostitutes and I just kindof laughed along with him. When I suddenly think about it though, they don't have any commercial appeal, not many social media followers and the clothes they wear on the runway are generally couture/not for sale. Any insight into this?
Most unknown or lesser know models get paid little to nothing for a show, instead being compensated with free clothing, food, or simply with exposure. These models will often have to choose between less glamorous gigs that pay or high profile shows that offer little but networking opportunities, like New York Fashion Week. If you are more in-demand you can make money off walking the shows, up to 20k.
In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median annual salary for models was $21,870, with one-fourth of all models making $19,010 or less a year, a wage that makes it difficult to live in bigger modeling cities like New York or Los Angeles.
Another important factor to remember is that not all the money goes straight to your bank account. One model told Business Insider that most talent agencies keep an account for each of their models to help pay for flights, hotels, photoshoots, etc. However, models are expected to pay back their agencies for all of these expenses, and for some, that means funneling all of their paycheck right back into the agencies. For others, it means being in debt to these agencies until they can afford to pay them back.
In short, there are models who will pick up escort jobs, and some become Sugar Babies.
There is a reason girls like Taylor, Grace will always do well in fashion. They're HF enough, and have commercially pretty faces that will book the big money jobs