Glamorous Work

 Published in The Fiji Times (27/4/2015)

by Talebula Kate 


FIJI Fashion Week (FJFW) models are paid $3 per walk for strutting a design or costume on the catwalk.

Fiji Fashion Week Ltd director Ellen Whippy-Knight said the show was for three nights and a model was paid $30 per night as a turn up fee for the show and then $3 per walk.

Ms Whippy-Knight said if a model was popular, she may earn up to $200 for the three nights.

"Each model might walk five to 10 times per night," Ms Whippy-Knight said.

She said 50 models would be participating in this year's show and FJFW reserved the right to choose models because of the specific requirements of a fashion model.

"Designers pay fees to participate in FJFW. Part of those fees go towards covering cost of models," she said.

Ms Whippy-Knight said most models at international shows were not paid because they used fashion weeks as a means to gain exposure and hoped that model agencies or media or fashion editors would pick them.

"The top models get paid huge amounts to appear as the face of a brand but they are special.

"Lots of models get given clothes by the designers they walk for and that's between the designer and model as in most shows the designers bring their own models," she said.

"We provide full meals, snacks, fruit and beverages whilst they are on show site and transport for those who require it. We are unique with this aspect because they are paid as well. Most fashion weeks do not do this, because it is an expensive exercise," she added.

She said FJFW also took pride in the general training they provided to models.

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