One thing I definitly learned in college is that nothing is ever easy. When there is an economic crises, like there have been before and there will be again, high paying work usually doesn't suffer. Who looks or shows interest in high end modelling? Not the common folk.
What is most disgusting is that economic parasites like vulture funds and hedgefunds make an enormous amount of money. The economic system isn't just about facing hard realities though, it's also wanting to change them.
You'd be surprised though. There are a lot of models, just not high profile ones but ones like Macy's, Kohls, JCPenny's, among other retail stores that supply their own models at a pretty great price.
I agree, there are people out there that take advantage of money in many ways. I'd like to see change too. This isn't a gendered issue, however. It is something that can affect all genders.