Even though J.Crew's had plenty of well-known models in their catalogs (Lauren Hutton, Cintia, Anouck, and Mallory from the Real World Paris, if you're into fun facts, they've never signed just one face to front the print shopper from first page to last - until now. Fashion Week Daily reports that Liya Kebede, Ethiopian mother of two and face of St. John for Spring 09, has been signed to model the April J.Crew catalog all by herself, which is sure to bring some fashion-centric attention to the brand that's just come off so much press from Michelle Obama's support of the office-wear staple. But more pressing: Does this make the J.Crew catalog the new barometer of a model's success?
Why Models Do Commercial Work: Vogue Pays $225, J.Crew Pays $15,000
Curious as to why your favorite model is shilling for Victoria's Secret this evening? Or why bad-ass Erin Wasson shows up in J.Crew catalogs? 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.