SEE: Bloemfontein model walks Paris Fashion Week runways like a badass farmgirl


Ansolet Rossouw, the farmgirl hailing from Bloemfontein, has once more hopped over to Paris to walk a few shows for haute couture designers like Valentino, Chanel and Alexandre Vauthier. 

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Young model from Bloem might be the next big thing 

Her badass signature frown and strut made her one to watch on the ramp.

Here are some of the beautiful designs she has modelled thus far at Paris Couture Fashion Week 2018:




Alexandre Vauthier 

Ansolet Rossouw is playing (posing and strutting, rather) in the big leagues, as she just landed a very coveted campaign feature. The Bloem born and bred 20-year-old is fast-becoming one of South Africa's favourite exports. Working in New York, Paris and the like, she not only is walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara and Chanel (regularly), but she's fronting big name brand campaigns like Fendi.

Recently she posed for  theFendi Resort 2019 collection lookbook. The luxe brand designed by Karl Lagerfeld recently launched its latest collection and it's really, ridiculously pretty. Pastels, cowboy-inspired boots in metallic and gorgeous prints are worn by this beauty in the snaps, alongside models Jolie Alien and Elibeidy Dani Martinez. 

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How much are the potential earnings of models - locally vs internationally?

According to a recent article on Business Insider South Africa, models make between R25k and R60k per month working in South Africa

The minimum fee that a model should ask on average per hour (depending on your experience) should be roughly R600.
Local model

Another article by the same publication notes that a handful of SA models make around R1 million per annum. 

Local model Wanda Banda, who has mostly been freelancing as a model, says "Generally people don't like to pay well. Over the years I've found that if you do not know your worth as a model you easily accept being underpaid, because you don't realise that you are the artist and the client needs you so you actually have an upper hand and should say what you want and they should be willing to negotiate until both parties are satisfied.

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"The minimum fee that a model should ask on average per hour (depending on your experience) should be roughly R600." 

Another model, Caitlin Lamb says payment always differs, from mag to mag and job to job, so it's hard to say what is standard.

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Neal Vincent, CEO of Base Model Agency says, "Local runway pays much less than international and the same applies to the campaigns."

He gave us this breakdown:

Ansolet Rossouw walks for Fendi.

Local runway = Between R1 200 – R2 000 per show. 
International runway = 500 – 10 000 euros (R7 000 - R150 000), depending on calibre of model. 

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Local campaigns, for example something like MRP, would be approximately, R6 000 - 10 000 per day. 

International campaigns can go for up to anything above R100 000, again depending on the calibre of model. 

So it all depends. There are many factors that determine your 'value' in the world of modelling:

  • your spot on the hierarchy of local modelling
  • the exact job you're booked for
  • how many days and frequency of work.

James Emanuel, one of the director's at Fanjam Model Management, who represent Ansolet Rossouw, says in order to succeed in the world of modelling, one needs to have qualities like "Uniqueness. Professionalism. Focus and drive. "

And like Banda says, it's also up to you to ask for your worth.

It's also important to acknowledge that cases like Naomi Campbell or Kate Moss, 'I was discovered on a plane and now I front campaigns for Calvin Klein' trajectory, is a rare one. Models have to work hard to reach the top. And there are many more factors at play than many consider. 

Proud of you Ansolet for owning your space in modelling!

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