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."


  1. Chris says

    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.

  2. says

    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…

  3. says

    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.

  4. El-Brucio says

    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.

  5. JerzeeMike says

    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.

  6. Sargon Bighorn says

    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.

  7. Too Sexy to Date says

    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.

  8. terry says

    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.

  9. Wes says

    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.

  10. TANK says

    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.

  11. Scott X says

    I still think that he is one of the most beautiful men in the world. I absolutely love him regardless of what he may say. His vogue blog is smartly written, and he is right that men make a lot less than women in modeling. Did I mention that I think he is the most beautiful of men?

  12. Paul R says

    No one besides gay men care about male models. Men don’t buy nearly as many clothes, much less the cosmetics, perfumes, accessories, and other fashion and beauty products marketed to women, so the demand for male models is much lower. It’s common sense.

    I doubt most people could name a single male model.

  13. ratbastard says

    Interestingly enough, on average, the best paid prostitutes are top-tier men/boys, not woman/girls, according to extensive academic studies dating from the 80’s-2000 in NYC.

    ‘Minority’ TVs were the most poorly paid.

    A French academic study back in the 90’s found the majority of TVs in Paris were Brazilian.

    Male models are poorly treated and paid compared to their female opposites.

    Everything is relative.

  14. Paul R says

    @Ratbastard: yet, oddly enough, male strippers get paid crap and are tipped poorly relative to their female counterparts. My brothers have dropped hundreds in a night at female strip bars. When I’m at bars with go-go dancers (or, when I lived in DC, was taken to see fully nude dancers by an older friend who found it funny to expose me to such things), I rarely if ever see dancers get more than $1 at a time. And most guys just watch and don’t tip at all, whereas at female strip bars you’re basically forced to tip and buy $15 beers from the dancers/waitresses.

  15. Paul R says

    @Ratbastard. First, I don’t have much of a point. If I post at 4 am it means I have a work project I’m temporarily avoiding. I was mainly just noting that it’s curious that three professions involving (for lack of a better word) objectifying people have inconsistent pay disparities. In order of amounts involved:

    — Strippers: men usually earn little, women can make a fortune. And there are some hot strippers of both sexes out there.

    — Prostitutes: men can make a lot of money even into middle age (say, by working as walkers/companions for socialites). Women don’t make as much and as they age make even less. Though for both sexes, studies have found that many customers (not a majority, but a significant share) aren’t even looking for sex, but for someone to talk to. And it’s odd that male prostitutes get paid the most given that plenty of men are willing to have sex for free. I won’t venture what this says about their customers (though it seems obvious).

    Models: already covered. Hetero women and men and some lesbians enjoy female models for a variety of reasons. The audience salivating over male models (and interested in the clothes they wear) is mostly gay men.

    And if you want to throw in porn, there are a lot more female stars known to a broad audience than men. Note that aside from clothing (models), women are far less active consumers of all these goods and services.

  16. Atheist says

    Its all about the Male Gaze David. No not gays. Women are the gazed at, men do the gazing. Result= women have to tart themselves for men and each other; men not so much, if at all. Second, in how many professions/jobs are men paid more than women ? Exactly. And he’s complaining?! See how it feels to be a girl David. Btw, Mr G is kinda lovely.

  17. Kristin says

    Seriously, what’s become of this world? I don’t see any reason why women shouldn’t be allowed to dominate this and the other few “industries” that have been listed here. Do men just have to have it all? Is it not enough of a man’s world already? Not only do they hold more general respect, are considered funnier, wiser and kinder, but now it seems they also have to extract to themselves the what seems to be the last arena in life wich women can “proudly” call their home field. In this glamorous industry that demeans women in every possible aspect, women have found a way to take pride in their success in the very little time they can play in this field, ofcourse, should they be lucky enough to meet the unrealistic criterias that they’re required to meet in the first place.

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