Top Model Reveals Financial Hardships Of Modeling Industry
Top Canadian model Ashley Stetts has shed light on the financial realities of working in the modeling industry, claiming she earned more as a waitress than as she does now she’s a model.
Toronto born Ashley embarked on a modeling career after becoming signed to Ford Models. Aged just 18, she made the move to New York to pursue catwalk work, as a high fashion model.
However, it was not the high-end lifestyle Ashley was expecting, the model who has been the cover girl on various top magazines such as Women’s Health, reveals that whilst working for top designers at New York Fashion week she would earn less money than she could have working as a cocktail waitress in the city.
In order to get money Ashley got a second job at a trendy nightclub where she would make up to $1,000 a night. Meanwhile work on a top magazine shoot would pay Ashley just $100 to $400, whilst it would be unlikely she would land more than one or two shoots a month, with work being few and far between.
Ashley blames the fashion industry for models poor pay, explaining many designers try to pay models in clothes rather than money, when you work for their runway shows. The reality of this is that many top models live together in tiny rented apartments or have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
In the interview with the Huffington Post Ashley revealed: “In reality, most models spend their days schlepping to casting after casting, usually being rejected from each one. They live in model apartments with three other girls, and only eat celery for dinner because they can’t afford much else.”
Now Ashley is keen to educate young women on the financial side of modeling, as she has set up her own business and website Frugal Model. The site offers financial advice to aspiring young models, along with money saving beauty tips.
Article By Victoria Beckett