Male models earn 75% less than female models

An obvious example of sexual inequality is that men get paid more than women for the same job. An industry where the reverse is true is modeling. The pay gap for male models and their female counterparts is huge. A top modeling agency has claimed that male models are paid 75 per cent less than female models. Elizabeth Rose from Premier Models said women could be paid $52,000 for appearing in a fashion show, while men could only get $13,000. Ms Rose said: "I think it's the only industry where men get paid less than women….[but] I wouldn't say it's female empowerment."

Rose says things are changing and pay is getting better for men. Advertisers are more willing to promote men's fashion. Rose said: "More male models are being used for grooming products. Men are taking a lot more care of themselves….In the 2000s, it's fine to take a long time doing your hair. It's fine [for men] to use moisturizer [and] wear make-up." One consolation for men is that they can work as a model for longer than women. Rose said men have a longer career path and make most of their money in their 30s. Female models make most of their money in their twenties.