How Much Is That Celeb in the Front Row?
The hotter the star, the more they get paid to be there
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2010 9:58 AM CST
Singer Rihanna, actress Rose McGowan and singer Fergie attend the Max Azria fall collection show in New York on Feb. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
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(Newser) – Think those big-name celebs you see in the front row at fashion show after fashion show are just into clothes? Well, they might be, but they're also getting paid big bucks to be there, Fashionista reports. How much? It depends on their star power.

  • A-listers like Rihanna and Beyonce can get $100,000 to attend a single show. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are worth $80,000 each. Lindsay Lohan used to be a big score: In 2006 she made $60,000 a show. Today? Not on the guest list.

  • Down the ladder a rung are stars like Gossip Girl's Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, who get paid $40,000 to $50,000 to attend a show.
  • Some C-listers, like reality star Kim Kardashian, can pull in up to $50,000; others, like Kristen Bell, aren't paid but get free airfare, makeup, and clothes.
  • As for "stars" like Paris Hilton and the cast of Jersey Shore, they're lucky to get in at all.