For the first time in 15 years, Giselle Bundchen isn't the world's highest-paid model. Kendall Jenner took over this year, and this is not surprising given her favorable deals with Estée Lauder, Adidas and others. She also gets a steady income from Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendall + Kylie clothing, and other numerous social media endorsements.
What is surprising (and hurtful and annoying) is that along with Kendall and Giselle, the list of top 10 highest-paid models include Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Liu Wen and other people who are not black.
With top black models such as Naomi Campbell, Duckie Thot, Tyra Banks, Jasmine Tookes, Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, Alek Wek, Jourdan Dunn, Liya Kebede and Iman (do we need to go on?), it is very shocking that not a single one of them is included in the top 10.
Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid models earned $109.5 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before taxes and fees. Earnings are based on income from cosmetics, fragrance and other contracts, which must mean that black models aren't getting enough endorsements or
white other models get paid more for endorsements.
Forbes clearly recognizes this injustice, as they say in their announcement of the highest-paid models:
"Though fashion is taking steps towards inclusivity, Liu Wen (No. 8; $6.5 million) remains the only nonwhite model among the top 10.
But change is coming: A recent survey by FashionSpot found nonwhite models accounted for more than 30% of the models cast in Fall 2017 advertising campaigns for the first time.
This means models of colour are now booking not just low-paying catwalks but lucrative adverts, too."
That's cool but it's looking mad funny in the light, as the receipts are saying otherwise! As you can tell, we are pretty disappointed, and really want better inclusivity. Black models aren't just pretty faces to use as a token, give them their coins!!!