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The Hollywood Reporter has published the requisite post-Fashion Week story about A-list celebrities getting paid for front row appearances. And, once again, no hard facts or figures are involved in the report. One reason for all the fuzziness is that almost no one will talk about the issue: the article could identify only one person who would go on record about it. They quoted Cameron Silver, who you may know from LA's Decades, but all he said was what everyone already knows: "[Brands] fly [celebs] out and put them up, and offer a nice Paris or Milan holiday, unless they're contractually obliged to attend. Others pay them an appearance fee."
Add this article to the list of vague predecessors, including one last year in which Rihanna was said to receive $97,000 for an appearance in the front row at Lagerfeld's Fall 2012 Paris show, according to an unnamed British mag, and Fashionista's report from 2010—also derived from unnamed "industry insiders"—of A- to D-list celeb payment plans. (Beyonce supposedly got $100,000 while Blake Lively and Kim Kardashian fell in the $50,000 range. Allegedly.)
So, were Amy Adams, Emma Stone and Diane Kruger at Calvin Klein this year for the love of American heritage brands? Girls night out? Nothing to do? Maybe. Speculate away, but don't expect anyone to confess to getting paid.
· Paris Fashion Week: How Much Celebrities Get Paid to Sit in the Front Row [Hollywood Insider]
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