It’s no secret that there is a gender income gap in many industries in the US. In 2015, female full-time workers made only $0.79 for every dollar earned by men. Does the same statistic hold true in the modeling industry? Taking a closer look at the numbers reveals that it does not extend to the runway. Female models make an average of $41,300 annually, which is 148% more than the men, who earn an average of about $28,000.





Top Female vs Male Model Gender Pay Gap

The numbers are even more startling when directly comparing the top 10 paid female models to their male counterparts. While $1.5 million is much more than a healthy payday for the average American, it pales in comparison to the $42 million that Gisele Bundchen brings in each year. The differences between all 10 positions are more than considerable.



Gender Pay Gap


Why Does The Pay Gap Exist?

Why does this large pay gap exist in the modeling industry? For one, the female clothing industry brings in more money each year than the male industry. Women spend almost twice as much on clothing each year as men. Female fashion magazines like Elle & Vogue are also much more popular than men’s fashion magazines. The more dominant female fashion industry equals more pay to go around for the the influential models that work in it.

Unless men’s fashion begins to rake in as much or more money for the industry as female fashion, it’s unlikely we’ll see the large pay gap in the modeling industry narrow. Until then, the Gisele’s and Miranda’s of the world will continue to strut the runway as the fashion idols they are and be compensated accordingly.