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11 March 2009


This weekend, the L.A. Times did a profile on the less glamorous lives of male models who apparently get trumped by their female counterparts in terms of income, transportation, and fame. I most definitely agree with the later since the guy they decided to interview was top model Matvey Lykov who ranks #24 in the world yet I’m still scratching my head as to who he is. Compare that to fashion darlings like Abbey Lee, Chanel Iman, and Jourdan Dunn who are household names. And don’t think Lykov hasn’t noticed the chauffeured town cars (he gets a MetroCard) and pay disparity (he gets 1/10th the take-home pay female models get)! After reading that he calls a Williamsburg apartment shared with four non-model roomies home on his $40,000/year salary, I got curious and wanted to find out what types of pads female models go home to. Since it probably would be unfair to compare his living arrangement with that of Jessica Stam whose East Village space was featured in Elle Décor… especially since she brings home $1.5 million, I chose models Iris Strubegger and Katrin Thormann who happen to share the #23 rank and coincidentally living quarters as well. The duo along with model Ania Trubalska recently signed papers in November for their first apartment in Manhattan and then blogged about their trip to IKEA to furnish the space. So who has it worse? I say both sexes are dead even in this round. Lykov may have four roommates but at least none of them are fellow models… or worst yet, someone you’re trying to edge out for the #22 rank.

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