The Highs and Lows of the Male Modeling Experience

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The Highs and Lows of the Male Modeling Experience

by The Insider 3:07 mins

Meet “Lucky” Blue Smith — the male model as good as his name. The 6’2” stunner was discovered at the age of 12, had his first Calvin Klein campaign at 15, and has acquired 1.2 million Instagram followers, which helped propel his career. Now he’s the fresh new face of Tom Ford and has reached superstar status. Good looks and modeling contracts run in the family — he was actually discovered along with his sisters, who are also models. But as “Lucky” knows all too well, striking a pose is very different between men and women, especially when it comes to pay. The average female model makes a whopping 148 percent more than her male counterparts. While “Lucky” says the gender pay gap doesn’t bother him — telling “The Insider With Yahoo,” “I like how girls make more money than boys in modeling, because they don’t really do that anywhere else” — for others it has become a bit more of a hardship. Mark Rhea is a 56-year-old male model who has been posing for the likes of Chanel, Versace, and “Vogue” for the past 20 years. But for six of those years, Rhea was left homeless, unable to afford the stiff New York City rent. His story being featured in a documentary, “Homme-less,” opening at the IFC theater in NYC on Friday. Check out this video for more on the highs and lows of male modeling and for more on this new documentary, and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.