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Based on a median salary of $41,300, female models make 148.8 percent more than male models, according to PayScale.com. Assessing models with similar experience in the job, the gap narrows to 28.4 percent, but there's likely still a wide range, according to Bardaro. "We can't control for inherent things like beauty," she said.

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