Male Models Earn 75 Per Cent Less Than Women But Have Better Career Longevity

A top model agent has revealed male models earn significantly less than their female colleagues but can be expected to have longer careers

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We recently learned that we won't even employed by the time the gender pay gap closes in 2069 in the UK and, unsurprisingly, we weren't impressed.

However, a top agent from Premier models – the model agency which launched the supermodel careers of Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford – has revealed male models face a similar case of economic gender disparity and discrimination within the fashion industry.

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'I think it's the only industry where men get paid less than women. It's unfair for men [and] I wouldn't say it's female empowerment at all,' male model agent Elizabeth Rose told BBC Newsbeat.

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According to the industry insider, male models are paid as much as 75 per cent less than women.

Take for example the world's highest paid female model Gisele Bündchen.

According to Forbes, the Brazilian beauty made £34m last year. In comparison, according to the latest data compiled regarding male model incomes in 2013, the highest paid male was Sean O'Pry who made £1.15m that year.

'The top 10 female models all make millions. Only the top three male models make over a million,' she explained.

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Fortunately, for models on Rose's books, she will re-negotiate fees if she thinks they're being discriminated against.

'I had a brief today that came in and it was 'male model, [pay] £1,500', and the female model was £5,000, for the same usage.'

However, while female models are paid more in the fashion industry than men, they can expect to face discrimination when it comes to their age.

'Men have a longer career path, definitely. The male models that make the most are probably in their 30s,' Rose added.

While discrimination against men is wrong, it's important to remember this is a rarity in the broader scope of the international work force between men and women.

Nevertheless, regardless of the industry, paying employees different wages on account of their gender is a grave and illegal injustice that must be stopped.

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