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David Gandy: Male Models are the 'Lowest of the Low'


Supermodel David Gandy whines about his tough life:

"People still just think Zoolander, and to come out with your pride and dignity intact is probably quite hard in this business. Now there are younger guys coming in who want to be models. I'm actually proud to say I'm a model now. You pay your dues of not being listened to, but now people are starting to say, 'Maybe this guy's onto something.'...Trust me to end up working in the only industry in the world where women get paid more than men, and treated loads better. We're trying to change that. In the hierarchy of a shoot, you have the photographer, the female model, the stylists, the assistants, then the male model. You are the lowest of the low."

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  1. Well, he's exaggerating of course - but honestly male models - "high fashion" ones - do have a much harder time putting their names out there and making money.

    One of my friends is signed onto IMG and he gets steady work, but still shares a New York flat with four other guys and he still struggles to make ends meet. While women do get these million-dollar contracts for the same amount of work. It's just the way the game is. Everybody knows that being a male model is not a career job.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 21, 2011 9:48:21 AM

  2. boo hoo

    Posted by: JEFFUWS | Jan 21, 2011 10:00:03 AM

  3. Pretty sure the same disparity exists in porn. And in reverse in every other field out there. That's life. Do what you love and don't whine.

    Posted by: breckroy | Jan 21, 2011 10:05:56 AM

  4. get a real job.

    Posted by: charlie | Jan 21, 2011 10:06:53 AM

  5. Am struggling with this.....digging deep to find some sympathy....still digging.....genetically gifted....requires much study of...no, wait....one must learn to...no, wait....still digging....the hours are long and ha...no, wait....still digging....

    whatever, I'll have to get back to this...

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Jan 21, 2011 10:10:26 AM

  6. On the upside, you get laid whenever you want and the women or men of your dreams throw themselves at you all day long.

    Which -- as any psychiatrist, divorce lawyer or forensic accountant can tell you -- is pretty much what most people want and often what gets them in the most trouble.

    Posted by: Jeff In Boston | Jan 21, 2011 10:14:50 AM

  7. I ran into Mr. Gandy on a London street last year. He is INSANELY gorgeous. Duh.

    Posted by: JOHNINMANHATTAN | Jan 21, 2011 10:19:58 AM

  8. I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for him. "The lowest of the low"!?!? What he really means is he's the lowest of the high. He's one of the beautiful people that normal people fawn over in regular life, except he experiences a lack of this fawning in the workplace.

    If anything, his complaint about his plight *does* make me think of Zoolander.

    Posted by: El-Brucio | Jan 21, 2011 10:40:13 AM

  9. Wait - so he wants to be appreciated for his BRAIN?

    I see a disconnect.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 21, 2011 10:41:03 AM

  10. go to college, then.

    Posted by: Jobe | Jan 21, 2011 10:42:28 AM

  11. There there

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 21, 2011 10:45:37 AM

  12. I gotta watch Zoolander again this weekend.

    This dude should stop his whining. Seriously.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 21, 2011 10:46:34 AM

  13. OK, I understand (intellectually, not personally) the point he's trying to make. But a print model complaining about not being LISTENED to??

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Jan 21, 2011 12:04:05 PM

  14. Who's forcing him to be a model anyway? Get a job digging a ditch, working down in the subway or on the docks. Now he knows what our sisters & mothers have had to endure for centuries. I agree he should be treated with dignity on the job but if he wants to change his situation it's in his hands to do so.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jan 21, 2011 12:05:37 PM

  15. If he thinks he's low now, just wait until he hits 40. GHEEEZUZ is that man gunna be one bitter man. Better learn real fast how to make friends based on your brains instead of your looks. Just a thought.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 21, 2011 12:10:22 PM

  16. It just reflects market size -- more people want to look at beautiful women.

    When you really are drop dead gorgeous a lot of people might look but very few will have the courage to ask you out.

    I know, it's a curse, a real cross to bear.

    Posted by: Too Sexy to Date | Jan 21, 2011 12:13:41 PM


    Posted by: Mana | Jan 21, 2011 12:35:21 PM

  18. Um. What's the difference then between whining and explaining how the industry works? "Cause really I only see this as an explanation.

    Posted by: Frozen North | Jan 21, 2011 12:54:48 PM

  19. I'm not hearing any whining from the model but I'm hearing an awful lot of sour grapes here.

    Posted by: Tone | Jan 21, 2011 1:07:05 PM

  20. Tone, I agree with you. I also think that he's just stating what's obvious in the industry: male models in the industry don't get the big contracts but that's just the nature of the beast. In all fairness though you've probably noticed that at least male models have longer careers than most high end female models.

    Posted by: terry | Jan 21, 2011 1:44:27 PM

  21. Tone said it best!

    Posted by: Pekemo | Jan 21, 2011 1:45:41 PM

  22. Are you kidding, the entire thing is whiny and reeks of some crushed sense of entitlement. Like, they should have all been kissing his ass from day one.

    I agree with Charlie, if its sooooo terrible then get a real job and see how much instant fawning you get.

    Posted by: Wes | Jan 21, 2011 1:46:18 PM

  23. You bitter jealous queens are so funny.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Jan 21, 2011 3:23:30 PM

  24. Models should be seen and not heard.

    Posted by: KK Bloom | Jan 21, 2011 4:28:00 PM

  25. Lotsa fatold here. God ugly old people are ugly and old. DIE already. That said, this couldn't matter less to me or just about everyone else...somewhere a homeless child with aids whose parents have just been raped and killed in front of her is crying for david gandy...oh misfortune, why must you punish david gandy so?

    Wake me up before you go go...you take the gray skies out of my way...you make the sun shine brighter than doris day.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 21, 2011 4:48:01 PM

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