The Ghanaian modelling industry may not be as vibrant as it was some years ago, but it still attracts some attention.
With the explosion of social media, new faces are being discovered all the time.
Having more young men and women taking an interest in the profession, one would think that it is now a lucrative field to enter into but professional model, Chantelle Dapaah, says that is not the case at all.
“Being in the industry since 2007, I can say modelling does not pay in Ghana. People like to take advantage of models thinking they are doing you a favour. When these models also see the opportunity to be on billboards or magazines, they are in a hurry to take it, so these companies do not see the need to pay them well,” she told Graphic Showbiz in an interview.
For Chantelle Dapaah, the disparity between modelling in Ghana and modelling on the international stage is so big.
She stated, “Outside Ghana, things are totally different; people respect you, your work and they understand the industry so they pay you what you deserve. Your worth is what you are given.”
Explaining, Miss Dapaah said models outside the country are paid per walk they do as compared to Ghana where they are paid per show.
“If you modelled 50 times, you get 50 times that but in Ghana, you are paid per show so even if you modelled 60 times, you will be paid the same as someone who walked 10 times because it is payment per show,” she added.