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Catwalk queens feel the squeeze

Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 02:19

Oct. 4 - The fashion world of the nineties was all about excess, but in today's tough economic climate the models are expected to work harder for less money. Hayley Platt reports.

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Backstage at Paris Fashion Week. A model's life is supposed to be full of fun, glamour and plenty of money. Not so, say many of this year's catwalk queens. Russia's Natalia Vodianova - watching not modelling at Stella McCartney's show - reportedly earned $8.6million in one year. She was third on Forbes' top-earning models list this year. But even she has noticed a change. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOP MODEL NATALIA VODIANOVA SAYING: "The girls have to work harder, there's less fun." The 1990's was the age of the super model. The likes of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss could earn up to $10,000 a show and clear $100,000 for just one top fashion week. Linda Evangelista famously 'wouldn't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day'. But time's have changed. Devanie Joy says after tax she takes home 400 euros (SOUNDBITE) (English) MODEL DEVANIE JOY SAYING: "We're not getting paid really well. You can just tell by the attitude of older models that there's no budget anymore, they're not getting the perks and benefits that they used to." Nicolas Bianciotto runs a model agency in France. (SOUNDBITE) (French) IDOLE MODEL MANAGEMENT BOOKER NICOLAS BIANCIOTTO SAYING: "If you consider the top models, they don't get out of bed for less than 20,000 euros, but that's only say 50 out of 10,000 girls across hundreds of agencies. You can't just take the extreme example, it's like soccer players. Some are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars - but most have to get out of bed regardless of their salary." These days many mannequins are multi-tasking. America's Karlie Kloss is about to host a new MTV style show. Anna dello Russo is Editor-at-large of Vogue Japan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VOGUE JAPAN EDITOR-AT-LARGE ANNA DELLO RUSSO SAYING: "Models do different things, TV shows, runway projects, you know? It's really about transversal time." There's no shortage of work. But Europe's financial crisis is clearly touching everyone - Devanie described the current mood across the entire industry as "sombre." Hayley Platt, Reuters.

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Catwalk queens feel the squeeze

Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 02:19