Male models earn less than female models: where's the outrage?

The media abounds with stories of earnings inequality based on gender: a Google search for "women earn less than men" yields 760,000 results.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women working full-time earned 80% of what men earned in 2008, and the Economix blog recently took a look at the magnitude and causes of the discrepancy in pay.

But for some reason, no one seems to be nearly as upset about the fact that female models earn more than male models: a lot more than male models. According to Forbes, "A top male model may take home anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000 annually, but most make a less glamorous living from catalog work."

Making $500,000 a year isn't bad but last year, top-earning female model Gisele Bündchen earned $25 million -- 50 times the high end of the range for top-earning male models. Even number 10 top-earning female model Carolyn Murphy -- the only American to make the list -- earned $3 million.

Former model Liza Elliott-Ramirez, the founder of Expecting Models Inc., noted that female models have to do a lot more work. "Females models tend to generally have to pose more, wear more, sit in a hair and makeup chair for hours," she said. "If you have someone who has extremely curly hair, and they want straight hair, that's two hours. Men are just short hair; it's less to do. It's less work. It's a blessing and a curse."

There's at least one industry where women earn more than men -- and no one seems to be crying out about the injustice and sexism.
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