Ah to be a model. Life must be great, not only are you tall and blessed with natural beauty, you’re paid heaps to look beautiful and constantly jetting off to exotic destinations. Hmm not quite, as a three way spat between Next Management, Ford Models and a trio of high-profile beauties proves. Earlier in May, Next sued Ford for poaching Anna Maria Jagodzinska, Ania Cywinska and Karmen Pedaru. Ford countersued Next for poaching their model bookers and meanwhile, the three models are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by Next and they are now suing the agency for outstanding money owed – $400,000 for Karmen, $230,000 for Anna Maria and $30,000 for Ania. They are also seeking $1million in damages as well as the outstanding payments. Phew, more drama than an episode of Jeremy Kyle!
What’s interesting is that Anna Maria’s last statement to Next dated 23rd April 2010 has come to light and shows us the difference between magazine and commercial campaign and catalogue work pays. I think it’s a common assumption that magazine work, even for the likes of Conde Nast owned Vogue, isn’t very well paid but $250 is a little ridiculous. Especially when compared to $60,000 for an H&M campaign or $15,000 for a J Crew catalogue. I think the difference can partly be attributed to helping to sell; an editorial in a magazine won’t help to sell a magazine whereas a campaign or catalogue will. The differences in pay are interesting; I guess the poorly paid magazine work balances the insane pay packet for commercial work. FYI – $60,000 is about £38,400 which is higher than the average wage in the UK! What are your thoughts on these revelations?