How Much Models REALLY Make


If you have been signing for the modeling career for a long time now, that’s because you see no further than those glossy magazines, photoshoots, lookbooks and graceful models sashaying down the runways as pleased as Punch and that’s because you don’t have even a single doubt in that they are making really big money and living the life of Riley. But get ready to know the dirty secrets behind the modeling industry, which might really disappoint you to bits and propel you to just continue thumbing through those glossy magazines. We already know what it actually takes to be a supermodel, also know many top models that dream of something bigger than modeling, and now we are going to reveal the truth about how much models really make in the fashion industry, of course unless they are Gigi HadidKendall Jenner or Bella Hadid, the latter of which was reportedly paid a whopping $400,000 by MISHA Collection to walk for their runway show at the Australian Fashion Week.

How Much Models REALLY Make

The investigative series, “Runway Injustice” kicked off by CNN Money, has recently touched on the aspect of how much models make in the industry and the result is just daunting with dozens of models accusing modeling agencies of labor abuses, namely fat commissions, absurd work expenses and fees that often reduce the initially-promised paychecks leaving them with just a small amount of money. Even more ridiculous are the cases when models end up in considerable debts to the agencies.

Typically, modeling agencies charge 20% commission from the models’ paychecks but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Starting from air tickets and group housing to all promotional websites, photoshoots, portfolios and even “comp cards”, all these financial expenses are charged from the models. Some even more shocking cases have been registered like the one with model Louisa Raske, when she found out having been charged for the flowers the agency brought for her birthday. And the same model also showed past statement from another agency where it was evident that she was charged $250 from her paycheck for a client’s Christmas gifts without her being aware of that.

Among other abused models is Jamaican Alexa Palmer, who filed against the Trump Model Management claiming that the expenses charged from her added up to $12,000 in only three years, while the male model Alex Shanklin remembers to have been booked for a catalog photoshoot for $1000, which was actually reduced into only $150 after certain travel expenses.

In defense of their not committing anything wrong or unjust, the agencies told CNN Money that they invest significant resources to help their models climb the success ladder and all those fees and taxes charged are just a part of the business. Actually, some prevention measures were taken more than a decade ago when a class-action lawsuit threw discredit upon the commissions and the agencies had to pay out a multi-million dollar settlement, pledging to be more transparent from that moment on. However, 20% commission continues to ride high among modeling agencies and what makes it even more outrageous is that the 20% commission is charged not only from the models but also from their clients, thus totally proving that the modeling agencies are overt labor abusers.

According to some attorneys, the main reason that these agencies are allowed to charge such high commissions is that they introduce themselves as “management companies” rather than employment agencies, which are actually limited to charging fees by the state law.

As if the aforementioned was not enough to abuse models, the CNN Money brought to light one more absurd aspect of the industry. It is those cash advances for a 5% interest rate that most of the models have to take from the agency since the paychecks take several months to turn into cash. And heaven forbid, if it so happens that the initially promised paycheck shrinks into less than cash advances or just disappears into thin air: the model thus ends up not only with zero profit, but also owing money to the agency.

For example, retired model Carina Vretman has had a similar experience with a German modeling agency, which administered her free trip to Denmark for a catalog photoshoot but her shooting resulted in not only earning zero cent, but also the agency’s statement that she owes them 700 euro for promotional expenses.

Despite so many overt wrongdoing facts against the modeling agencies, attorney Robert Hantman, representing one of the defendants in the lawsuit, pushed forward some excuses in favor of agencies, claiming; “Until someone becomes a commercially viable model, it’s their agencies that pay their rent, advance their money, pay for the pictures that go in their ‘lookbooks,’ and help them with stylists. They spend a lot of money trying to develop the models.”

Stay tuned with CNN Money to know more about runway injustice and to be armed with enough information about the industry just in case you have remained adamant about your future modeling career.

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This Sunday, Target launches its latest designer collaboration with Marimekko: a 200-piece summer line that encompasses beachwear, outdoor furniture and whimsical lifestyle items, from paddleboards to inflatables. Anyone familiar with Marimekko can probably visualize the collection before they've even seen it: it revolves around the Finnish brand’s colorful prints, so recognizable that, arguably, they've earned the term "iconic."

Founded in 1951 by the textile designer Armi Ratia, Marimekko launched bold and bright fabrics into a country that was still living in the long shadow of the Second World War. From the earliest days of the company, Ratia hired young artists to create prints, some of which are still in circulation today; Jackie Kennedy was an early fan, buying seven dresses and wearing one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Since the 1960s, Marimekko has straddled the worlds of fashion and homeware, embedding the same design signatures into both; the company showed its fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week in March, and is exhibiting its latest home collection at Milan Design Week this month. It is a worldwide business, with a particularly large following in Japan.

In April 2014, Swedish designer Anna Teurnell was poached from & Other Stories to be the brand's new creative director. Teurnell had gained recognition as a cool creative force at & Other Stories' parent company, H&M Group, where she was firmly ensconced: she had previously spent eight years designing for H&M. Her move, in some ways, was surprising: where those brands are unfailingly commercial, Marimekko instead has an emphasis on heritage and offbeat design. It may not have produced paddleboards in the 1950s, but there's still a direct visual link between the designs first sold by Ratia and the products you can buy today.

Back in 2012, CEO Mika Ihamuotila told Fashionista, "When we inspire our designers, we always say to them, 'Never try to please the market. Don't do something you think is trendy today.' ... This is a contrast to the fashion industry, which is so pressured by the seasons and things like, what is the hot yellow for the season. We want to be far away from that."

Two years into Teurnell's role, we spoke to her via Skype about making that move, exploring the brand's history and moving on from fast fashion.

A look from Marimekko for Target. Photo: Target
A look from Marimekko for Target. 

Your previous positions were at brands that were quite commercial and more seasonal, I would say, than Marimekko. Is that fair?

Wherever you work, you want to do something that lasts as long as it can – but of course Marimekko is not about wanting the latest trends. When I started here, I wanted to update the materials and silhouettes so the brand looked relevant for here and now. But for example, we create clothes and home products that I often don't want to swap from one season to the next – I want to keep them. The mentality is 'last long,' and for that you need really good quality, you need craftsmanship, you need to take extra care over the details. That is something that I myself appreciate.

What was the transition like from & Other Stories to Marimekko?

It was new to me to work with the home category, but as for the rest — working with a creative team, having an idea, making it into a nice product and deciding how to present it in the store and online — this is a very familiar process. But we have very few heritage brands up here in the north, and I was so drawn to working with something that has such strong trademarks and roots in something that I appreciate and believe in. Marimekko has a strong signature, the colors and prints. You can see there is a craftsmanship within the product. On top of that, since Marimekko started, it has also had a very relaxed, and sometimes functionalistic attitude – it’s very much about everyday life products.

So the history of the brand is part of the appeal for you.

You know, Marimekko was started in 1951 by a woman, who post-war, having a textile business, understood the importance of working with interesting artists and designers to create interesting clothes. I think her gut instinct drew her not to the corset kind of clothing, but to a liberated, strong style that was often a bit unisex. To me, those are still such important assets.

What do you feel has been achieved since you joined the company?

The goal was to lift and make the assortment more clear and more inspiring, more relevant. It's hard to measure, but I looked at old brochures the other day, and I saw that we have done quite a bit, because it was very different. But the goal was never to change Marimekko into something that you don't recognize as Marimekko. It was the opposite – how can we focus even more on our most important, favorite prints?

A look from Marimekko's fall 2016 collection. Photo: Marimekko
A look from Marimekko's fall 2016 collection. 

Am I right in thinking that Marimekko is still using archive prints that were designed many years ago?

Yeah. I try to have a mix. When I started, I felt that we should use the archive prints more, because they were the ones that once made the difference for Marimekko. They made the brand so unique, and they have this craft. I use many prints that were made by Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi [a designer who worked at the company from 1953 to 1960]. I meet her and show her our ideas, and what we want to do with her ideas. Isn't that lovely, that there are good creative people from our history who are still going strong? They are still working and they have opinions of how you treat their work. I think that when it's possible, working like that has a really good vibe. Of course we work with new people as well, because that is also very Marimekko – to surprise and do new things.

Your printing factory is in the same building as your headquarters. Does the design team work closely with the manufacturing side of the business?

Yeah, we go to them and talk. There are now rules and regulations about how you can work with chemicals, for example, so we discuss how we can print in the old way, but also manage without certain chemicals that make the colors behave slightly differently. How can you get the result you want? Working so closely with part of your production is not so usual any more, especially in big companies. I really appreciate that tight connection to the craft.

There's a lot of buzz around the Target collaboration. As a Finnish brand, what's your relationship like with America?

It's been very interesting to see how open America has been to the expression of the brand created by a strong woman, full of strong women – there are some strong men as well, I must say!

If you have seen a couple of Marimekko prints and you are interested in design, I would think that you'd be able to recognize a Marimekko print in the future. There aren't many brands that have that visual power.

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Jemima Kirke Embraces Leisurely Style in Current/Elliott’s Spring Ads


Jemima Kirke stars in Current / Elliott's spring-summer 2016 campaign
Jemima Kirke stars in Current / Elliott’s spring-summer 2016 campaign

Actress Jemima Kirke lands a new gig as the face of Current/Elliott’s spring-summer 2016 campaign. In images captured by Cass Bird, the blonde beauty can be seen lounging about in where else but a Southern California setting? The new advertisements spotlight denim styles including overalls, a kimono style jacket as well as jean skirts. Showing off her long tresses, Jemima makes a pretty good model in the laid-back portraits.

Jemima Kirke models denim looks in Current/Elliott's spring campaign
Jemima Kirke models denim looks in Current/Elliott’s spring campaign
The 'Girls' star wears 1970s inspired looks in the campaign
The ‘Girls’ star wears 1970s inspired looks in the campaign
Jemima Kirke poses in Los Angeles for Current/Elliott's spring 2016 campaign
Jemima Kirke poses in Los Angeles for Current/Elliott’s spring 2016 campaign
An image from Current/Elliott's spring 2016 campaign
An image from Current/Elliott’s spring 2016 campaign


Current/Elliott The Kimono Jacket
Current/Elliott The Kimono Jacket
Current/Elliott Mixed Stitch Knit Sweater
Current/Elliott Mixed Stitch Knit Sweater
Current/Elliott The Muscle Tee Striped Tank Top
Current/Elliott The Muscle Tee Striped Tank Top
Current/Elliott Stiletto Jeans in Kyoto Print
Current/Elliott Stiletto Jeans in Kyoto Print


Jemima Kirke on Bust Magazine December-January 2015.2016 cover
Jemima Kirke on Bust Magazine December-January 2015.2016 cover.

The ‘Girls’ star also was a recent cover girl of Bust Magazine. Jemima embraced bohemian inspired looks for the dreamy images where she posed in billowing dresses as well as floral hair accessories. In her interview, Jemima opened up about people confusing her character of Jessa on the show with her in real life.

Jemima Kirke stars in Bust Magazine
Jemima Kirke stars in Bust Magazine

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Victoria’s Secret Swimwear 2016 Campaign Shot in St. Barts


For most of us, realizing that summer is only a few months away means browsing through one of Victoria’s Secret swim catalogs for 2016, whether one wants to purchase something or just to snoop around the pictures. The brand has just released a new series of beach-ready looks, to shoot which the team of Victoria’s Secret Angels headed to St. Barts, creating something inspirational and quite artistic, thus not only making us instantly switch to the vacation mode, but also summing up the summer 2016 swimwear trends telling us what people will definitely wear while sunbathing at the beach.

Victoria’s Secret Swimwear 2016 Campaign

This long-awaited swim campaign from Victoria’s Secret took models Elsa Hosk, Candice Swanepoel, Taylor Hill, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, and Josephine Skriver to soak up the sun in one of France’s most exotic, wild and uncontaminated overseas territories, Saint-Barthélemy, which is basically jumping to the top of anyone’s travel lists. Besides showcasing the bikinis and one-piece suits, the Victoria’s Secret swim 2016 catalog also gives us a glimpse of the Caribbean Island’s breathtaking landscape, seashores and city life, making also the impression that the fortunate squad indeed had fun while shooting it (well, I mean, who wouldn’t?!). The catalog, which was unveiled just a few days earlier than the latest Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy campaign, emphasizes the label’s most cheerful and free-spirited side, as proven by the collection’s proposals as well.

This Victoria’s Secret swimwear line-up for summer 2016 is all about colors, contrasting patterns and vibrant details, meaning that if you are looking for a total-black monochromatic swimsuit, you should probably look somewhere else (to be fully honest, it is possible to find some total black proposals within the catalog as well, it’s just that the collection’s colorful proposals ultimately take the scene and make it almost impossible to not feel the urge to acquire a bright pink, green and yellow bikini set). To reinforce this vibrancy, Victoria’s Secret opted for macramé and crochet detailing that just let the colors shine even more, not to mention the many elastic bands and jocose ruffles that combine the line-up’s overall boho allure with a sensual yet quite sophisticated pin-up attitude.

Victoria’s Secret Swimwear 2016 Campaign

Victoria’s Secret Swimwear 2016 Campaign

Aside from the label’s flirty bikinis, this catalog unconventionally brings sexy back by offering cropped tops, crochet-trim racerback bralette tops and sporty high-neck bras, letting ombre, geometrical and botanical prints complete its one-of-a-kind creations, this way proving athleisure-inspired pieces can indeed be sensually mysterious. Surprisingly, the collection puts a lot of emphasis on the sportiest side of fashion, guaranteeing those who like to feel at easy while playing beach volleyball or that favor comfort over style while at the beach, to perfectly combine elegance with sports in a stylish way.

Lastly, the collection features loads of side-tie itsy bikini bottoms, slips and even cheeky bikini bottoms that can be either paired with the matching tops, or used to play with the different proposals embracing one of this season’s swimwear-related biggest trends: mix-and-matching.

Victoria’s Secret Swimwear 2016 Campaign

Victoria’s Secret Swimwear 2016 Campaign

Victoria’s Secret Swimwear 2016 Campaign

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Balmain Hair Couture Revival Thanks To Gigi and Kendall


Balmain’s fall 2016 Paris Fashion Week showing earlier this month was an extravaganza, but not only because of the clothes and footwear; the presentation of best friends Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner really stirred things up in the fashion industry. Balmain Hair Couture, the lesser-known division under Balmain, created wigs for the two models, so they could “swap” their natural hair colors for the runway show. Jenner was an ice queen with Hadid’s blonde hair, and Hadid took on Jenner’s deep brown locks.

Balmain Hair Couture: Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid

The two women have a combined total of 67 million followers on Instagram alone, so naturally their social media blew up with mentions and statements. This has been the largest outbreak of press for the hair division, which has now expressed intent to expand. The wigs for this show were an outbreak showing, and there could not have been a more successful medium to feature it than on Jenner and Hadid.

Although, this wasn’t the first time the brand successfully used wigs in their shows; in fact, its fall/winter 2016 men’s runway featured female models with long, 60-cm dreadlocks, and the spring/summer 2016 women’s runway featured sleek ponytails, which also came from the Balmain Couture Hair brand. The impact was only so notable once the audience was given a shock like this, seeing one of the world’s most beloved models team with each other’s hair.

Balmain, the luxury brand as we know it, and Balmain Hair, previously known as Euro Hair, are two separate companies, but Balmain Hair CEO Steward Guliker remarked that the two are, “more or less married.” Guliker and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing have great things going with their virtual partnership, clearly now more than ever.

“We are very excited about the energy that Rousteing has generated,” said Guliker. Between Balmain’s high place in the luxury fashion industry and Guliker’s clear expertise in execution of wig-making, the energy was bound to be released at some point. Balmain Hair has everything the fashion label would need for runway shows, as well as for the general public, with everything from everyday haircare products to styling tools and wigs and weaves.

If you have the capability of dropping a lot of money on a chic new Balmain outfit, you might as well give your hair a luxury experience as well. Even still, the prices of the premium products aren’t astronomical. Balmain Hair was likely hoping to use this time to target millennials above all others, and more specifically, Guliker is setting his sights on American markets. This is the demographic that relates most closely to the modeling duo, and is also very susceptible to new, young trends, especially when the result is so striking.

“Changing your lips from purple to red, that’s nice and you can get a reaction,” Guliker began. But changing your hair – it’s a shock effect. That’s what people like to do and be noticed. As for now, it’s not a question of whether this trend will catch on (if Hadid and Jenner do it, there will definitely be a following), but rather if Balmain Hair will remain at the helm of it.

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Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection


We can never talk enough about getting our weapons ready for the summer. Two months is not a long time period, so if you still haven’t found your perfect summer makeup, here’s the new Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 makeup collection for your review. Don’t worry, the milky dots are not really a part of the makeup… well, almost. What strikes most about this campaign is the blue color that is one of the most popular colors (if not the first one) in most of the makeup collections debuted this month. Set to become available for purchase at Dior counters, online at Sephora and Nordstrom in almost a week, here’s what you get in the collection.

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder (Limited Edition)

Four shades of Dior’s classic powder are available with the new hot summer effect, irresistible glow. If you’re not going to use the powder all over your body, you might want to test all four of them to understand what kind of light effect you prefer on your skin.

• 001 Fresh Tan
• 002 Fresh Light
• 003 Warm Tan
• 004 Warm Light

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow (Limited Edition)

There is one more option you can choose – the Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow. It’s softer and more delicate than the powder, and is available only in one shade – amber. This product consists of creamy pearl powder combined with a darker, copper-colored pigments. When put in the same cup, this combination gives you that summer tanned look we all long for.

• 001 – subtle amber

Dior 5 Couleurs Polka Dots Palette (Limited Edition)

The five eyeshadow colors assembled in sets are limited-edition and come in two color palettes. Bain de Mer is a light and fun set with peach, a pair of blues, a beige and sand color, while Escapade is a more neutral collection with beige and bronze shades, perfect for creating a natural looking smokey eye.

• 366 Bain de Mer – peach, sand, milky-blue, turquoise, beige
• 536 Escapade – sand, pale pink, golden yellow, brown, white

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

Dior Eye Reviver

This is a single set that will cover your eye makeup for the day. It includes a dark brown eyeliner paired with 5 shades of eyeshadow.

• 002 – vanilla, soft pink, light brown, medium brown, dark brown shadows/ dark brown eyeliner

Dior Addict Fluid Shadow (Limited Edition)

The fluid shadow is about the two most obvious things about Dior and everything it sends our way – eccentric and ecstatic. It’s also an awesome solution for a party at the beach. It shines like gold and adds the glitter that can spark through the dark of the night.

• 555 Eccentric – golden
• 775 Ecstatic – brownish bronze

Dior Addict It-Line (Limited Edition)

Two very extraordinary colors were chosen for the eyeliner. No black, no brown, not even white! Jade and lilac instead! Add points to yourself if any of these colors complements your eye color. If it does, you’re truly a Dior girl!

• 359 It-Jade
• 959 It-Lilac

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl (Limited Edition)

While the sun will most likely not burn your eyelashes, it actually does lighten up your hair… any kind of hair on your body. So, add a bronze shade on your eyelashes as well. We think this is one of the best and most interesting makeup products for summer 2016, because Dior has pushed the bronze-colored mascara as its only product for eyelashes in this collection: there just has to be a master plan behind this.

• 662 Over Bronze – brownish bronze

Dior Addict Milky Tint

Dior Addict Milky Tint is actually a toner fluid for your lips, if lipstick dries them up too much. They come in more colors than the lipstick, but the shades are more pastel and less intense.

• 026 Milky Pearl – pearl
• 126 Milky Pure – nude
• 156 Milky Pastel – pale pink
• 286 Milky Plum – lilac
• 356 Milky Peach – pale peach
• 376 Milky Pop – pale strawberry

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

Dior Addict Lipstick

Juicy and summery, these lipstick shades can turn you into a Dior addict for life. They are intense with color, but not overly bright. Of course, they are named according to your plans for the upcoming summer vacation.

• 533 Appeal – coral
• 581 Beat – rose
• 613 Break – beige brown
• 773 Play – strawberry

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

Dior Vernis Polka Dots Manicure Kit (Limited Edition)

Now, here’s the highlight of the collection. The manicure kit actually includes a tool for painting those polka dots on your nails, bringing the retro back, activating all the cuteness you collected inside during this winter, and targeting all that Dior energy towards summer 2016.

• 001 Pastilles – milk, blue
• 002 Confettis – mango, coral
• 003 Plumetis – pale pink, lilac

Dior Milky Dots Summer 2016 Makeup Collection

The Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 makeup collection will be available in the US market next month, April 2016.

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