Modelling is a tough industry that keeps the people involved on their toes. But it can be highly rewarding too. If one is able to grab enough exposure and a few great deals, the industry will make you super rich. There are even rags to riches stories in this industry. Now take a look at the 15 highest paid models as of 2017.
World’s Highest Paid Models as of 2017
1. Gisele Bündchen – $30.5 million
Although retired, Gisele Bundchen once again reigns top amongst the highest paid models. All hail the reigning Queen of wealthy supermodels. For over ten years Gisele has presided over the top of the list.
Gisele Caroline Bündchen is a model, actress, and producer from Brazil. Bündchen began her rise as a model in the 90s. By 1999, she is credited with ending the “heroin chic” era of modelling. Sometimes called the only remaining true supermodel today, Bündchen pioneered the “horse walk” and was part of Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 to mid-2007. As an actor she has played a supporting role in Taxi (2004) another supporting role in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Bündchen has for long been associated with many charities like Doctors without Borders and Save the Children, Red Cross.
2. Adriana Lima – $10.5 million
The longest-running angel in Victoria Secret history, Brazilian super model comes second amongst highest paid models in the world as of 2017. Since 2000, Lima has been a spokes model for Maybelline cosmetics and of Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials from 2003 to 2009. She is best known as Victoria’s Secret Angel. Lima began thinking about modelling when she won a beauty pageant in elementary school. Then at the age of 15, she participated in the Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition. Following which she came second at the Ford “Supermodel of the World” competition. Next she moved to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management from where her career just took off.
3. Karlie Kloss – $10 million
American fashion model and entrepreneur; Karlie Kloss with estimated earning of $10 million comes at number 3. Kloss, one of America’s most beautiful model was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2011 to 2014. She’s one of America’s most beautiful model.
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4. Kendall Jenner – $10 million
One of the most beautiful girls in the world right now. Kendall comes at number 4 amongst the world’s highest paid models. Her ‘ ballet skills ‘ may have recently come under fire but hey, Kendall has netted herself $10 million during last year. We doubt she’s bothered about the haters. She’s one of the most followed girl on Instagram. Check her @kendalljenner.
5. Gigi Hadid – $9 million
At the tender age of 22, Gigi has became one of the highest paid models with an estimated earning of $9 million. Her ascendance on the list is partly owing to deals with Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger, BMW, and Topshop. Ranked amongst Top 50 Models at Models.com. In addition, she was named International Model of the Year 2016 by the British Fashion Council.
6. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – $9 million
One of the most glamorous English model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley comes at number 6 in our list. Earning a cool $9 million is home-grown talent. A royalty cut her own series of lingerie, make-up and fragrances lines for department store Marks & Spencers account for the majority newcomer, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Follow her on Instagram @rosiehw.
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7. Cara Delevingne – $8.5 million
Perhaps something of a surprise. At number 7 of the 10 highest paid models of 2017 is Cara Jocelyn Delevingne. She’s currently focusing on her film work, but, still immensely popular in modeling industry. With a dedicated Instagram following of 34 million, making her one of the most popular, if not the biggest earner this year.
Delevingne is a fashion supermodel, actress and singer. She made her modelling debut at age ten then in 2009, after leaving school, Delevingne signed with Storm Model Management. Delevingne won the “Model of the Year” twice in 2012 and 2014 at the British Fashion Awards. Cara has appeared in shows for houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Mulberry and Jason Wu. She has acted in films like Anna Karenina (2012), Paper Towns (2015) and Suicide Squad (2016). Among AskMen’s ‘Most Desirable Women’, Delevingne ranked 13th.
8. Candice Swanepoel – $7 million
South African Angel balances the time constraints of a sizeable Victoria Secret contract with both Biotherm and Maxfactor contracts. Though she now earn millions from endorsements, she’s now world’s highest paid models.
She was spotted by a model scout at 15. She has appeared in numerous covers of Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Lush etc. Swanepoel has appeared in advertisements for Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior among other. Today she is best known for modelling for a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2010. Swanepoel actively supports the charity Mother2Mother that works towards eradicating HIV from the lives of mothers and children in Africa. She’s ranked one of the most beautiful women of the year.
9. Liu Wen – $7 million
The Chinese fashion model, Liu Wen has the face and the body; Her steady contracts with Estee Lauder and high end clothing brand La Perla make her one of the world’s highest paid models. She is the first model of East Asian descent to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Catch her on Instagram here.liuwenlw
10. Miranda Kerr – $6 million
Australian super model retains high paying contracts with Wonderba and Escada fragrance. The 34-years-old also has a cosmatic line, Kora Organics, and a series of china and glassware with Royal Albert.
Miranda was the first Australian to participate in the Victoria’s Secret campaign in 2007. Kerr began modelling when she was 13. In 1997 she got her big break when Kerr won the nationwide model search by Dolly magazine and Impulse fragrances. Her winning stirred controversies about the effect of modelling and fashion on young girls who were the age of Miranda Kerr. Kerr is the author of a self-help book, represents an Australian department store chain called David Jones and had her own brand of organic skincare products called KORA Organics. She’s also ranked one of the most desirable women list.
11. Lara Stone – $5.5 million
Lara Catherina Stone is a fashion model from Netherland. In 1999, she took part in the Elite Model Look at the age of 15 and managed to impress Elite executives who signed her to the Elite Modelling Agency. In 2006, there came a breakthrough when Stone signed with IMG Models worldwide. A year later she made it to the cover of Vogue Paris and was called quiet “anti-model” due to her unconventional look. Stone has been part of several reputed campaigns like Givenchy, Belstaff, H&M etc.
12. Natalia Vodianova – $5.5 million
Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova nicknamed Supernova, is a Russian model, actress and philanthropist. Vodianova came from a very poor background and worked as a food-seller to earn money. She signed into a modelling agency at the age of 15. By 17 she had moved to Paris, and signed with Viva Models. Till date she has walked in 300 runway shows for U.S. and European designers. Vodianova has been a runway, editorial and advertising campaign model. She has acted in a few films including Clash of the Titans (2010) where she played Medusa. Vodianova’s philanthropic efforts has been recognized and honored.
13. Kate Moss – $5 million
14. Alessandra Ambrosio – $5 million
Alessandra Corine Ambrósio is a Brazilian model and actress. Ambrpsio had started taking modelling class at the age of 12. When she was 14, Ambrosio gained recognition after 1996 Elite Model Look national competition. Ambrosio is currently one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and was the company’s first spokesmodel for the “PINK” line. In the past, Ambrosio is also known to have modelled for Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Next, Christian Dior etc. She has appeared in numerous international magazine covers and in advertisements for eminent brands. Currently Ambrosio serves as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
15. Doutzen Kroes – $5 million
At number 15 of the 15 highest paid models of 2017 is Doutzen Kroes – A Dutch model and actress. When she was young Kroes aspired to be a professional speed skater. When a little older, she went to work for Paparazzi Model Management in the Netherlands who sent her to New York City. From then on she has never looked back. Kroes currently works with L’Oréal and has featured on the covers of Time, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Dazed & Confused, Avantgarde, and Numéro. Kroes is also a former Victoria’s Secret Angel. She actively supports international initiative Dance4life.
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