It’s simple: Commercial work pays a hell of a lot better than editorial. Even if Crystal is prouder of her Tom Ford/Carine spread in Vogue Paris, she’s happier with her Marina Rinaldi paycheck.
That fact is put to paper on a tell-tale invoice, obtained by Jezebel.
The invoice, pasted below, lists money due to model Anna Jagodzinska, and serves as evidence in Jagodzinska, Anne Aleksandra Cywinska, and Karmen Pedaru’s lawsuit against Next, in which the plaintiffs claim that they were stiffed several hundred thousand dollars by the agency.
(Next, in return, sued the models’ new agency Ford, for poaching them while they were still under contract. Then, Ford countersued Next for poaching their bookers. Yes, this all really happened.)
Anyways, here’s the point. Even American Vogue, with all its Conde Nast cash, doesn’t pay much for models. In the invoice, there’s a list of Jagodzinska’s work and what she’s owed. We will assume that the Vogue and the Paris Vogue rates were hourly rates, and the J.Crew and H&M rates covered one day or a few days. Here’s what Vogue gets away with:
Grey Paris (Advertising Agency with huge clients): $172,500
American Vogue: $225
Laird and Partners (Gap and tons of luxury brands): $35,000