‘UnGlamorous: The Naked Truth About Male Models’ | Cameron Keesling, RJ King, Clark Bockelman + More

The Fashionisto

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Published June 18, 2015

Cameron Keesling takes Fusion behind the scenes of a photo shoot.Pin
Cameron Keesling takes Fusion behind the scenes of a photo shoot.

Fusion offers an exclusive behind the scenes look at the world of male modeling with a new special hosted by former model Pedro Andrade. The six-part series follows Cameron Keesling as an up and comer, visiting his former trailer park home in the state of Georgia and discovering the costs of experiencing the world as a model starting out. The special also includes interviews with established models Alex Lundqvist, RJ King and Clark Bockelman.

Interesting tidbits to take away from the feature:

  • Models make about $40-150,000 on fragrance campaigns.
  • Models do most editorials for free.
  • Commercial (catalogue, commercials, etc.) models enjoy more of a longterm career.
  • Established catalogue models bring in about $200-300,000 a year.
  • Starting out, catalogue models bring in $30-50,000.
  • Top models can bring in upwards of $500,000 annually from one client.
  • Clark Bockelman’s first shoot was with photographer Bruce Weber, who believed in him as a star.
  • Clark has posed for a mannequin that will be in Calvin Klein stores.
  • Cameron Keesling’s diet consisted of a protein bar, juice and water to get by.
  • Cameron paid $1,200 a month for rent while staying in a model apartment.
  • Modeling agencies pay up front for travel, lodging and food.
  • Models don’t make any money until the debts to their agencies are paid off.
  • As of filming, Cameron hasn’t made any money modeling.

Watch the rest of the series on Fusion’s official Youtube channel.

Related: Yahoo Style Talks Male Models & Sexual Harassment


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