Not one of the dozens of buffed and toned males parading on the newest Milan menswear exhibits since Friday can dream of incomes something like feminine catwalk stars, or of equal fame.
Whereas the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have lengthy since handed past the confines to vogue to turn into A-checklist celebrities, their male equivalents, just like the American Sean O'Pry or Britain's David Gandy, stay largely unknown to most people.
Gandy as soon as noticed: "Belief me to finish up working in the one business on the planet the place girls receives a commission greater than males, and handled hundreds higher.
"In the hierarchy of a shoot, you may have the photographer, the feminine mannequin, the stylists, the assistants, then the male mannequin. You're the lowest of the low."
Frederic Godart, a sociologist who specialises in vogue's place in society, explains: "Even when the markets for designer males's and ladies's garments generate roughly the identical gross sales, about $30 billion (26.eight billion euros) every, vogue stays an business primarily geared toward girls."
Gisele's thousands and thousands
"The manufacturers and the style magazines are extra enthusiastic about a lady's aesthetic belongings, which assist to promote product higher and consequently that pushes up the worth of feminine fashions," he informed AFP.
Godart says there are round ,000 younger girls worldwide who could make a cushty residing from high finish modelling.
"In this world, it is 'winner takes all', which suggests the highest feminine fashions are inclined to hit the jackpot and enhance the hole with their male counterparts."
A 2013 survey by American journal Forbes estimated that high mannequin Bundchen had earned $42 million within the earlier yr, 28 instances the quantity the very best-incomes male mannequin, O'Pry, managed to drag in.
Brazil's Bundchen nevertheless is an exception within the fashionsphere. On the high of her recreation for over 15 years, she will command charges that exceed these paid even to the likes of her compatriot Adriana Lima or Australia's Miranda Kerr by tens of hundreds of per present.
"The extra you go down the hierarchy, the pay hole tends to slender," says Godart. "The common wage of a mannequin in america, male or feminine, is barely round $30,000 a yr."
Value of fame
Not everybody manages even to reach at even this modest stage. Many fashions stay precariously and are pressured to tackle different jobs to make ends meet between assignments the place generally employers will anticipate them to simply accept garments as a part of their fee.
French male mannequin Baptiste Nicol nevertheless insists that "you possibly can nonetheless earn residing with out being within the high 100 on the planet".
"Working 15 days a month on common for catalogues, exhibits and assessments, I find yourself with the identical earnings as an organization government," says the 32-year-previous, who describes himself as having had a modest profession with out ever leaving his residence nation.
Pay differentials with feminine colleagues? "They exist but additionally between totally different males. And you must bear in mind male mannequin may have his finest incomes years between 30 and 50" -- by which era most feminine fashions' most incomes potential is behind them.
Rosa Sarli, director of the Elite modelling company in Milan, says there isn't a set rule to find out how a lot a mannequin will get paid.
"It could rely on a whole lot of issues aside from bodily attributes, like fame for instance.
"If the mannequin is married to a star and even the kid of a celeb, all that can push their worth up."