Jeff Tomsik, star of today’s Morning Goods, was shot by Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch. That shot of him at right is from his 2006 campaign. So surely, getting plucked out of obscurity to bare your abs — and ass — for the famed gay photographer means you’ve made bank and can relax your way to riches, right? Haha.
Lending your likeness to the A&F giant will score you just $500 a day, according to Brad Greiner, star of the retailer’s 2004 campaign (seen here), who ended up on a “five-story billboard on Fifth Avenue.” With two days worth of shooting, that was a cool $1,000 for the whole gig. It might be big money for a struggling model (or a Los Angeles immigrant who didn’t realize he could model), but it’s a completely inconsequential fee to Abercrombie, which makes one-large every half-second, or so we imagine.
Not that A&F is paying out obscenely low rates. Similar retailers hand models similar day fees, mostly with the excuse that these campaigns will launch the modeling careers of these fellas. Which may be true, if you believe there’s much room to make money in male modeling. Unless you’re Garret Neff and score a lucrative Calvin Klein contract, forget it.
Not that Greiner is bitter. He’s taken his minor fame and launched a charity to support Darfur refugees. Who said models were useless?