An interesting dichotomy has existed in the fashion world since the Death of the Supermodel between the modelling elite (the high fashion models) and the commerical girls, who have less respect, but typically make far more money. There is some crossover between the two (i.e. Vlada for Target, Candice for i-D but generally, very few people do both very successfully (arguably the most recent one who did was Gisele)). In fact, if you compre model.coms Top 50 Models list, which tends to lean more towards HF, and the Moneymakers, which is pure income pulled, there is shockingly little lateral movement between the two (Abbey Lee is actually one of the only ones that is represented on both). So, my question to you guys is, what would you rather have? The prestige of high fashion, or the exposure and money associated with top commercial work? (Let's assume, for argument's sake, you can't cross over, it's either strictly one or the other). I've listed some common associations, pros/cons to either below: High Fashion: Vogue/i-D editorials galore, a few blue chip campaigns with lower circulation, staple of the fashion week catwalks, opportunity to work with true artists (top photographers, stylists designers), associated with: luxury, exclusivity, diversity, artistic integrity and freedom, celebrated in the fashion world BUT only passingly recognized by the masses and paid well but not extraordinarily so, with little recognizable brand power of your own outside of fashion circles, you're more at the mercy of those you work with, little autonomy/say of your own, "just a mannequin/clothes hanger" (plus you must maintain an ultra-skinny physique as your career depends on it). vs. Commercial: Victoria’s Secret catalogues, Sports Illustrated eds, big H&M-type campaigns with huge exposure, your own cult following and far-reaching, autonomous brand image and therefore wield a bit more personal power/have more input, generally known by the public, (plus you have a little bit more physical leeway - can gain a bit and not drop off the face of the earth) and you earn the big bucks BUT do not garner as much respect or status within fashion circles, less prestige, little opportunity to work with truly gifted created types, forced to be a commercial prop “brand ambassador”-type a lot, shoot same type of work all the time, little diversity (smile, look pretty, and arch your back with hand on hip!), always pushing a product, no art for art’s sake, “sell-out”.