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I see the point of everyone not caring. That argument is valid but for people in the know of the male modelling industry, these campaigns and runway jobs happen for a reason and if you pay attention you'll know which models are being booked again and again, which agency hosts the best model to book from etc. For your last question, I think the idea of success for a male model has changed. You don't need to be in a music video with Taylor Swift to know that you've made it. I think male models are happy enough when they get a campaign, or e-commerce and editorials where they get to fly to exotic places. For males, they're happy with whatever job they get. They don't aspire to be on the cover of so and so magazine or brand. They're very lax in every sense of the word. If they turn out to be the next Clement, it's their luck. They know that the industry is shaky and there aren't as many job opportunities as women's. Their idea of success is much lower than what the general public sets it if not entirely different. Or at least that's my take on it.
That is an EXCELLENT point, in fact, here in Spain where I work as a photographer with many New Faces and agency male models it´s true that 90% of them all (at least in Spain) don´t have the same business savvy or the same DESIRE to be doing 100 covers or booking top notch campaigns, they are just happy booking anything and travelling. They aren´t seeing the big picture or looking ahead to be `supers´ either because they know it´s only one of them in a generation will become the next Clément Chabernaud or Sean O´Pry. It´sad, I try to teach them to want bigger things for their modeling careers but they are most worried about where to hang out on Saturday night...

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^^^ That’s a common scenario with the guys all around the world, Bertrando. Guys know that they’re 3rd-class citizens next to the girls in the industry that's so slanted against them. They know to just work and get paid is more than enough to expect. The days of male Supermodels is long gone— not that even then guys were anywhere near the girls in terms of celebrity status and earnings. There's never been any equality for the guys in this industry LOL

And there are more beautiful guys with model potential than there are beautiful girls with model potential, so the competition is ferocious. With a guy who’s got the right bone structure and height, it’s so much easier to tell them to loose some weight, train or build muscle-mass. With a girl, she may have the face, but if she’s not tall with long legs and a size 2, she’s never going to even be a consideration: No amount of diet and training is going to extend her legs and narrow her hips…

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I think it's important to note that another major reason for why male modeling is dead is because mens fashion is, well, so bland and one dimensional.

Yeah, big brands bust out new collections each season but there's only so many times you can redesign a suit, tuxedo, sports jacket, or a mens sweater.

Mens fashion is NOWHERE near the same level as womens so there's no need for men to be major in the industry.

There's no excitement behind a new LV or Dior Homme collection anymore. Even big name mens shows like Versace and D&G have toned it down so much so that now they mean nothing. Well, D&G is in a separate category for its disasters over the past decade including hiring male Instamodels and socialites but let's not go there.

The only show these days that puts SOME emphasis on the male models where casting would be a BIG deal is Balmain...and that's saying something.

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