David Gandy complains about pay inequality for models in the fashion industry

One of my favorites of all of my boyfriends was out and about on Friday in London. David Gandy was photographed at various fashion events around the city, and these are some of the photos from his appearances. Quick word about his suit: I HATE IT. From the waist up, he’s fine. But the wide-leg trousers make me think he’s wearing a lady’s pantsuit. The cut on the leg is WAY too feminine, and it makes him look like he has stubby legs (which he doesn’t).

At a Jimmy Choo thing Friday evening, David debuted his new girlfriend!!! GAH. I ALREADY HATE HER. No, I shall give her a chance. She’s a brunette, which already gives her five extra points in my book – and chill out, blondes and gingers, I’m not saying I dislike you girls or anything. I’m just saying that I’m a dark-skinned brunette, and I feel like I have a better chance with a man when he goes for a girl with my coloring. Does that make any sense? It makes sense in my warped mind. Anyway, Gandy’s new girlfriend is named Sarah Ann Macklin. She’s a model. And I think she’s the first girl David has dated since he broke up with girl-bander Mollie King several months ago. Speaking of Mollie, she was at the Jimmy Choo event too, and the UK tabloids say that Mollie and David avoided each other. SCANDAL.

You know that David is something of a fashion and model activist, right? He’s arguably the top male model in the fashion industry, and he has used that position to write about and advocate for several issues. One, he wants to promote men’s style, and he wants to men to simply dress better. Two, he wants male models to be treated differently in the industry, and he wants different industry standards for male models. In a new interview, Gandy spoke about pay inequalities amongst male and female models:

David Gandy wants male models to be paid as much as their female counterparts. The 32-year-old heartthrob says women in the fashion industry earn four times as much as men and while he admits they deserves it, he would like the pay to be a bit more equal.

He said: ”A part of me does think, ‘Why is this? What can I do about it? Why is it that the female models get paid four times as much as a male model for a campaign – a campaign they are both in. I absolutely respect the way the girls view themselves. They turn up with their financial guys, their managers, their agents; they’ll work seriously hard at keeping themselves in top shape and at being a brand. It’s always been a female industry and a lot of the male models have tended to treat the whole thing as a bit of a joke, not taking it seriously, not thinking of it as a business. I was never going to do that.”

David – who shot to fame after appearing in his white underpants in a Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue campaign – says it’s only now he’s started to reap the benefits of his career.

He told live! magazine: ”It’s just a fact in this industry that the women earn more than the men. While the top female models fly first class or business class, the guys fly economy. ‘I can’t tell you the amount of long flights I’ve done with absolutely no sleep at all and then had to walk off a plane on to a shoot. It’s only in the last year or so I’ve been put up front on a plane.”

[Via Contact Music]

Does it sound like he’s whining? A little bit, sure, but I also have to defend him: what he’s saying is mostly true. He’s one of the first male models in my memory to really try to have a more typically “female” model career. David is trying to brand himself – mostly successfully. He’s getting paid more. He’s one of the few “name” male models getting work all the time – and it probably won’t end for him either, like it would for a female model at the age of 25. As for the pay inequalities… well, this is one of the few industries where the female standard pay is going to be so much higher than the male standard. This and p0rn. I wish pay inequalities were discussed more often in other industries.

David also had some interesting things to say about body image recently, insisting that it’s just a fluke that everyone thinks he’s handsome. He said:

“I have a fortunate placing of bones and muscles that enables me to do what I do. It’s the reason I work; it’s not a reason I’m better than anyone else. To be honest, I don’t think I’m that great looking. I’ve grown into my looks but at school I wasn’t the guy who got the girls or who was thought to be hot. I didn’t have a girlfriend till I was 21, which is pretty late. I was a loner. All I saw in the mirror was a big nose and a slightly chubby body. I remember being in awe of this guy at university who could just talk to anyone. I still think if a guy wants girls, it’s more about the gift of the gab than the way you look. In my head I still think of myself as I was at 15 or 16. The outward perception changes but the inward never really does.”

[Via Contact Music]

Do you just want to hold him and tell him how pretty he is? Because that’s what I want to do. So, so pretty.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Snowflake says:

    so sexy! meow!

    • beyonce's bump says:

      yaaaaass! He is sexy af and I love how he’s features are a little rough and rugged. Re his quote, I get why female models get paid more, they represent something that girls want to look like. Fem models have like fan clubs and stuff, I mean I guess some male models do too, but I see how females models will be more likely to sell a brand by virtue of girls who look up to them (for better for worse). Yea the male models are nice to look at but my fiancee ain’t buying D & G briefs because Gandy worse them….u know wha um saying? lol

    • Molly says:

      One Of his eyes looks bigger than the other.

  2. Lady_Luck says:

    Sorry Kaiser, beyond the superficial (and even that has a tendency to look haggard and sullen) I fail to see what you see in this horridly narcisstic man. I read an article last week in the mail in which he basically said he had OCD, was too perfect for most women, and if it came down to his job or relationship he would choose job anytime. A classic narcissist. And so what – modelling would be the one profession in the world where the tables were turned on men? Oh boo -hoo let’s cry a river for David (I love me) Gandy. The fact that he is whinging about one of women’s victories smacks of closet mysogny and arrogance. One only has to look at the way he treated his last girlfriend Mollie to have a clue there too…

    • cupidityrox! says:

      & that last comment sounded like Megan Fox’s usual drivel.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      Thank you for saying what I was thinking! Pay inequality is wrong, but he’s not *really* addressing the issue of pay inequality. He’s bitching about not making enough money and having to fly economy class. If he were truly concerned with pay equality he’d be fighting for it across the board. A good start would have been his acknowledging the fact that women make about 76 cents to a mans dollar and that we should work on changing that in every industry (not just modeling). I don’t find this man attractive whatsoever; and when he opens his mouth, he’s just plain ugly.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Yep, absolutely.

      There was a moment when I thought okay, he has a point. Guys generally don’t pursue this as a serious career, whereas the female models do. But then … well it occurred to me that he’s basically whining again. About his colleagues having ruined everything for him. And now he has to come in and set new standards for male models and professionalism? Please. And no, this is not about pay inequality, it’s about him thinking he deserves more. Fine, but then say that and don’t pretend this is some form of oppression against men.
      Basically, whiny people are unattractive.

      And btw, the reason girls are paid more? It’s because they sell the product better. They sell women’s clothes/beauty products to women and beer etc. to men. Male models are simply not as effective when it comes to a lot of products. What that means for us as consumers is another matter entirely.

  3. lower-case deb says:

    he looks like a cross between james franco and marc jacobs for some reason.

  4. Cel says:

    Oh stop the whingeing David. He picked one of the very few career options where women are paid more and those women have it much harder than the guys – for a start I doubt many male models starve themselves. If you don’t like it, go get one of the millions of jobs men are paid more just for being men.

    • Trek Girl says:

      I agree with you.

      I love David – his blog is great – but considering the pay-gap that sees women being paid less than men for doing the same job, even in female dominated jobs like nursing, I don’t have much sympathy for male models when it comes to how much, or little, they are paid. It might not be right, but, as they say, dem’s da breaks.

  5. Amelia says:

    Can we please bring hot guy friday back?! Or maybe just David Gandy Friday. I’d be happy with that ^^
    I think he makes a good point about pay inequality though. I’m an egalitarian through and through and I know there’s an opportunity to say ‘how’d ya like that now, men!’ but still. Male and female models work just as hard as each other and it doesn’t make sense (to me) for there to be such a huge difference between pay packets.
    But, like you said, female models have a much shorter shelf life than male models. So I suppose it’s career longevity vs. mega bucks here and now. Which probably balances out in the long run.
    @Lady_Luck, what does OCD have anything to do with it? Why does that somehow contribute to your argument for him being a narcissist?

    • Lady_Luck says:

      @ Amelia. I guess you needed to read the article! Having OCD wasn’t the reason he smacks of being a narcissist (although arguably somehow intertwined) it was to do with the “I love me, and who gives a damn what the woman in my life thinks of me” type attitude he exhibited then went on to say he would put his job above a human relationship. Erm narcissist much? One look at those cold as ice, unfeeling eyes too is a giveaway. Perhaps you need to do some research as to why it’s as clear as day.

    • DreamyK says:

      HGF! I miss it 🙁

      Also? David had no GF until he was 21? I would have loved to have been the one to deflower him. Yummy!

  6. Alexa says:

    He dissed Gisele in a recent interview, I like him just for that.

  7. Evie says:

    He needs to stop whining like a baby. . . Try making no money. . .that’s why I quit after 7 years. Also it’s better to be a male model in the industry imo. . . yes they make less but they have a longer shelf life because men age better than women. .

    • gigi says:

      I think one of the reasons women may so much more money is because when they’re hot, they’re HOT and they can sell anything. But that ends quickly. You’d be hard-pressed to find a female model repping a big fashion house brand for more than 2 seasons. The desired look for women in the industry changes year to year, whereas for men, it’s much slower and more gradual. Gandy’s 32 now, he’s still working, and he can continue to work as much as he does if he wants to well into his late 30s. Ever hear of a female supermodel still working in her 30s? Sure, they’ll still be called up for a few appearances, a la Giselle, but they can’t compete with the fresh batch of 18-20somethings that come up every year.

    • Abby says:

      I think only in the fashion industry do “men age better than women”. In real life, I think most women grow into their looks too. Girls in their 20s are pretty, but a lot of women don’t become beautiful or stunning until their 30s or 40s. It’s just unfortunate that the fashion industry considers them washed up by that point.

    • bluhare says:

      Was coming down here to say pretty much what you did. Yep, he might make less, but it’s spread out over a much longer career arc, so it evens out in a way.

      OCD doesn’t equal narcissm, but I don’t know how anyone would get to that level in modeling and have no narcisstic tendencies at all. I mean, their whole life is about their looks!

  8. Kaboom says:

    Looks like he wears the pants from one of Pavarotti’s old suits. Awful.

  9. Vera says:

    I must say I find it amusing that this is a story. Like, women experience pay inequality in most industries, but when it is flipped people aren’t bashing men about it like when people call women feminists for wanting equal pay to men for doing the same work. Honestly I don’t know much about this guy, he seems fine and I agree with what he’s saying, but this is just what came to mind when reading this.

  10. Mina says:

    Maybe he makes less money, but he also doesn’t have to starve himself, live up to an almost impossible ideal, or worry about the fact that he’ll be tossed aside like a rag doll at 27. STFU David. And that woman looks like Kate Middleton.

  11. Jackie O says:

    awww, poor baby.

    so he knows what it’s like to make less then the opposite sex for doing the same job. women have been living with this forever. welcome to our world.

    • bondbabe says:

      I was going to post but then saw you stated my sentiments exactly: Welcome to my world baby! Doesn’t mean pay inequality is right, but that’s the way it is Sweet Cheeks.

  12. Claudia says:

    I don’t find him attractive. Something about his nose, eyebrows, and his godawful hair…

    Kind of agree with Milla Jovovich, male models kind of come off as losers…

  13. tru tru says:

    Thank you CB, I love him, even though I don’t like this “girlfriend” thing.

    sexy!! alluring

    let me go back and read the article now.

  14. Katyusha says:

    Ohhhh stop.
    In every OTHER industry, men make more than women.

    Except for adult entertainment.

  15. gobo says:

    probably because female fashion is far more lucrative.

  16. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    I’m distracted by the fact that a male fashion model doesn’t have the sense to send his suit jacket to the cleaners along with his vest and slacks. Always send them as a set or this color mismatch is what you get. You’d think he’d have more sense.

  17. NerdMomma says:

    Yeah, keep fighting the good fight there, David Gandy.

    Why is there no sarcasm font?

  18. flower says:

    In the same interview he pretty much said Giselle is a b**ch, but he loves working with Kate Moss.