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Thursday July 24th 2014

How Much Do Supermodels Make?

Three supermodels are suing their former agency, Next , for $3.75 million dollars. The plaintiffs, Polish supermodel Anna Marie Jagodzinska, Estonian Karmen Padaru and  Pole Anna Cywinska claim that Next refuses to pay to them what they are owed.

The details of the case are instructive, because it reveals how much top models are actually paid for various kinds of jobs. It also provides some good insight into the payment practices at a major modeling agency.

Vogue Editorial $125; H&M Advertising $60K
For instance, in her April statement from the agency, you can see that she earned $125 for working doing an editoral layout for Vogue magazine. $125 is the “new face” rate for Vogue. Established models earn double that, $250. But then she earned $60,000 for advertising work with H&M.

By the way, it is no different for photographers. For shooting the cover of Vogue, the pay is usually $175. The big money comes from shooting advertising.

April statement for Anna Marie Jagodzinski

60% of Model’s Pay is Deducted for “Expenses”
Here are two pages from Karmen Pedaru’s contract that describes some of the many expenses taken from a model’s account. These agencies really know how to pile on the expenses. Some of their practices would make Hollywood accountants blush.

Karmen Pedaru contract page 9

Karmen Pedaru contract page 9

Read the article in Jezebel What Vogue Actually Pays Its Models

Jezebel: Models Sue Agency For $3.75 Million

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