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Сareer Trajectories in Fashion Industry: Network Dynamics and Professional Prestige
The career trajectories of fashion models is a complex structure, where each subsequent interaction with the fashion industry depend not only on the bodily capital but also on the symbolic one. Belonging to the symbolic economy as a creative industry, this field builds its own laws of constructing status, as well as rewards for the work. Based on previous studies, there are two type of fashion models’ career path: a short-term existence in the fashion world and an immediate profit for temporary work or the growing up of symbolic capital and recognition through low- or unpaid collaborations with legitimate actors (magazines, brands etc.). This research explores the trajectories of fashion models career paths in a dependence from their collaboration with other agents of the fashion world, taking into account the step-by-step process of the exchange of symbolic capital. This research paper is focused on the longitudinal dataset, collected from a recruitment websites "thefashiondirectory.com" and "models.com", which include information about cover photoshoots in fashion and lifestyle magazines, campaigns and fashion shows for clothing brands from 1975 to 2016. It was used to see dynamics of professional statuses of fashion models. Specifically, it give some details on how these agents occupy positions in the field of fashion production focusing on transformation of their prestige during their careers.