Don't feed/pay the Models
|Erwin Loewen photo|
This could not be farther from the truth. Most (and by most I mean all) of the models I know, have a second job. Something fairly stable that will pay the rent, student loans and other necessary expenses. Why? The reality is Models are underpaid. Read about model protests after the jump...
I mean there are the perks. I've been invited to a lot of VIP parties for free, I've gotten a lot of expensive makeup gratis, discounts at salons and spas, beauty products, clothing but not a whole lot of actual cash. I don't think my landlord would be too impressed if I paid him this month with "Bitter Velvet" MAC Eyeshadow or Clinique "Dramatically Different Moisturizing" Lotion.
That's why I was glad to see the models at Sutherland, Elite, Push, Spot 6 and B&M, at Toronto's LG Fashion week this past October, taking a stand against the gross underpayment (or lack thereof) in the fashion industry. The full story, entitled "A model mutiny at Toronto fashion week" is covered in the Toronto star here.