The pay gap in the modelling industry sees women earning a lot more than men

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  • We look at the highest earning British models...

    Since the BBC top earners were released last month, revealing a huge gender pay gap, people have been looking into all industries to see who’s paid the the highest income.

    A recent study by Bluebella has shed some light on the gender wage comparisons in fashion and the results are pretty interesting, with modelling still very much being a ladies’ game.

    Looking at the catwalk day rates of popular British models as well as their brand deals, the company found that women earn a whopping 75% more than their male counterparts. In fact, when they compiled a list of the highest earning models in British fashion, only one man made the cut, with David Gandy earning £4 million last year.

    Top 10 highest paid British models

    1. Cara Delevingne – £8 million a year
    2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – £6.5 million
    3. Kate Moss – £5 million
    4. David Gandy – £4 million
    5. Naomi Campbell – £3million
    6. Georgia May Jagger – £2.5 million
    7. Edie Campbell – £2 million
    8. Jourdan Dunn – £1.75 million
    9. Erin O’Connor – £1.5 million
    10. Lottie Moss – £1 million

    The list also saw Kate Moss unseated as the highest paid British supermodel, with a more social-media savvy face taking the top spot. Jane of all trades Cara Delevingne has swept past her annual earnings by a casual three mil, owing to her numerous commercial deals and high profile campaigns.

    It turns out that Cara makes an eye-watering £8 million a year (or £22,000 a day) thanks to her partnerships with fashion heavyweights like Chanel, Rimmel and Puma.

    I’ve always been a fan of the Armani Fashion House… Honored to be featured in the FW Campaign!!! @armaniexchange #axchange

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    As the most popular British Instagrammer in the world, her reach is astronomical and people are more than willing to pay to reach her 40.4 million followers. Her recent move towards Hollywood, starring in blockbusters such as Suicide Squad, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Paper Towns also add a healthy bonus onto her modelling gains. She may however start being more selective towards her acting choices, as she recently announced she would only play ‘strong independent roles’.

    ROAR! ? #ReleaseTheBeast #MagnumDouble @moschino @magnum #spon

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    Kate Moss slipped down to third place, behind Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (whose modelling gigs and Rosie for Autograph collection help her rake in £6.5 million a year). Last year, Kate Moss pulled in £5 million with collaborations with Equipment and Rimmel, as well as a jewellery line with Ara Vartanian.

    While she continues to star in campaigns, she recently left her modelling agency Storm to set up her own agency which may have affected her earnings. She also doesn’t have quite the same social media pull as Rosie and Cara as Kate Moss joined Instagram only last year, under her agency name. Her half-sister Lottie Moss also just about made the list at tenth place with £1 million.


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