Being a supermodel is as much difficult as it is full of perks. One of the perks is being globally recognized and getting a handsome amount of payment.
The hotter the richer! Supermodels work in collaboration with several well- known fashion designers and big brands, apart from being on the cover of different fashion magazines.
Campbell, Crawford, Evangelista, Patitz and Turlington are the pioneers of this industry and were named as “The Big Five” supermodels.
Don’t be surprised when people say beauty with brains is the most deadly combination and this combination earns more than the combined total of many professionals in other industry.
Listing here few of the richest supermodels who ruled the fashion industry:
10. Alessandra Ambrosio
The Brazilian model worked for Victoria’s Secret and was the Angel for 17 consecutive years from 2000 to 2017, apart from which she has been associated with brands like Next, Armani Exchange, Christian Dior and others which contributes to her net worth of $60 million.
9. Kate Moss
Whoever thought that a model with cocaine as her weakness will reach a net worth of $70 million? Kate has under her name a British Fashion Award for her contribution to fashion for more than 25 years and she also brought in trend the size zero fashion.
8. Adriana Lima
Currently, the ambassador of Desigual, Calzedonia, and Sportmax, Lima until 2017 was one of the Victoria’s Secret Angel being the longest running model for the brand. With more than 12 million followers on social media, her net worth is around $75 million.
7. Tyra Banks
Stepped in the industry of modeling at the age of 15 and later featured in the editorials Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, V, Vanity Fair, etc. Tyra made her impact as a supermodel in the industry summing her net worth to $90 million.
6. Heidi Klum
The multi-occupational German-American supermodel has been part of many reality shows, movies and magazines. She has also designed clothing lines. Receiving a salary of more than $19 million per year from the fashion industry, her net worth is estimated to be around $90 million.
5. Cindy Crawford
This American model has a net worth of $100 million. Cindy came into popularity as a supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s and was seen in almost all the runways and magazines. Her beauty mark managed to rule the industry.
From signing her first modeling contract with Vogue to establishing herself as a supermodel, Iman’s journey has indeed been worth praising. Modeling and cosmetic business together made her bank balance $100 million.
3. Gisele Bundchen
A list of richest supermodel of the world is incomplete without the mention of her name. Collaboration with famous fashion brands made her the highest paid supermodel for almost 15 years helping her reach the net worth of $400 million.
2. Kathy Ireland
Is most popular for her 13 consecutive appearances in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She is the founder of the Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which is a marketing company. Her current net worth is somewhere in the range of $420 – $500 million.
1. Slavica Ecclestone
This International fashion model has worked for several leading fashion brands including Armani, Gucci and many more. Her net worth is $1.2 billion, although a huge part of this wealth comes from her secret divorce settlement.
With big hair came big handsome amount of money in the 80s and it was the golden era for the supermodels, many of the trends set by them can be seen in the millennial generation as well. From Brooke to Carol Alt, we have listed the most famous supermodels of the 80s here:
Having been a part of films such as Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon, Brooke shook the industry with her bold look in a jeans ad for Calvin Klein’s. She did not possess typical brows like other models.
Although hesitant to enter the modelling industry, she didn’t fail to surprise us with her modelling talents once she got the chance to. Christie has been part of the cover of sports illustrated swimsuit edition for three consecutive years.
There is nobody till date who can match her physique and that pretty much justifies her nickname “The Body”. For five non-consecutive years, she appeared in the cover of sports illustrated swimsuit issue.
She entered the industry by signing a contract with the Elite Model Management and reached the heights of success by walking the runway for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and by covering several magazines. From a waitress to a supermodel, what a success story!
The first Central European supermodel who covered sports illustrated swimsuit issue.She has also been the judge of America’s Next Top Model. She also has appeared in films including Portfolio, Anna, Her Alibi and others.
It was in the 90s that the industry of supermodel was most glamorous and lavish. The era belonged to the big six which included Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss.
In spite of being shorter than most of the models in the industry, Kate managed to make her impact. Even drug allegations did not stop her career although it brought a small pause when she was dropped from the fashion campaigns of Chanel and H&M.
Holds the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS for appearing in most magazines covers- almost 100! Claudia has been associated with L’Oreal as an ambassador for the longest period of time.
Cindy, the mother of two well-known models Presley and Kaia, has appeared in several magazines and music covers. She was one of the faces of Revlon and carried their red lipstick with grace.
Apart from modelling, she is the co-founder of the FASHION CAFE. She is currently a part of Harvard Medical School Global Council and a mother of two children.
She became the first black model to be featured in the cover of British Elle at a very young age. She shared a great and unbreakable bond with her Trinity colleagues Turlington and Lisa.
One of the most famous supermodels having featured in around 700 magazines. She is best known for her experiments with hair color and hairstyles, The Linda look became a trademark in the end 90s.
TOP MALE SUPERMODELS
It is not only the female supermodels who have rocked the industry for several years now but male supermodels have contributed the same. The hotter the better, the better the richer, the richer the merrier! The list has:
The American supermodel appeared in multiple ad campaigns for Armani, D&G, Nautica, Dior Homme, Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss. He also made several magazines like VMAN, NumeroHomme and others. Olsen committed suicide at the age of 24 on 22nd April 2010.
Has under his name the title of Best Model of Turkey. Tolgahan has been of many TV series. In the early twenties, he became famous as a Turkish actor and Supermodel.
The German actor and model possess blue-green hypnotizing eyes. He has worked for major fashion brands and is currently the face of Amor Pour Homme fragrance. Recent gossip says that he has stopped working.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Krit managed to become one of the supermodels at a young age. 23 years old and already so famous! No surprise once who look at the jawline you will understand the reason behind the popularity.
The Haitian borne supermodel’s career started through his encounter with Tommy Hilfiger. He started his own fashion line Royal Laundry and has also been associated with music labels.
If asked to name any male supermodel who actually ruled the 80s and 90s like a king, it had to be Richards. He has appeared in more than 100 advertising campaigns and over 15 films which include some award-winning performances.
The 42 years old Canadian model was one of the highest earning male supermodels in 2012. The green eye and the frizzy hair touched the strings of the heart of many females, even today his charm is the same.
The father of two children, this American supermodel is currently working with the Ford Models agency (NY). He started his career in 2002 with a collaboration of Karl Lagerfeld, a fashion designer.
Known as a Ralph Lauren polo model, Tyson achieved huge success as a supermodel in the 1990s. He was titled “Man of the year” in 1995 by VH1. He is currently a part of the hosting panel of the Anglo-Irish version of Next top model.
In the industry full of thin men, Gandy was one of the first muscular models who got the attention of Dolce &Gabbana. He wrote a blog for British Vogue and articles for Telegraph Men. His current net worth is estimated to be $16 million.
Highest Paid Supermodels in 2018:
According to the Forbes annual record the list of supermodels who made the most money in the year 2018 is:
10. DOUTZEN KROES
Starting her career in 2003, she kick-started her run towards fame with Victoria’s Secret and in 2008 became Victoria’s Secret Angel. Her estimated net worth is $6.4 million in 2018.
8. JOAN SMALLS (tied)
The first Latina Model to represent Estee Lauder cosmetics, Joan’s net worth for last year was $6.8 million.
8. BELLA HADID (tied)
The youngest Hadid sister managed to bag home a good amount of money along with amazing contracts, made $6.8 million by working mainly with Dior Beauty, Tag Heuer and Bulgari.
7. GIGI HADID
Gigi did many work and collaborations with brands like Reebok, Messika Jewellery, Vogue Eyewear and Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger and bagged $7.5 million.
5. GISELE BUNDCHEN (tied)
Gisele worked with several big names including Stuart Weitzman in 2018. She also released her autobiography which was praised by many and helped her reach $8 million.
5. CARA DELEVINGNE (tied)
Along with her acting career, she worked with Puma, Burberry, Tag Heuer and Rimmel and did a catwalk for Balmain last year. She is estimated to have made $8 million.
3. ROSIE HUNTINGTON WHITELEY (tied)
This supermodel has her own underwear line in collaboration with Mark & Spencer. The launch of her beauty website contributed to a large extent her year worth of $9 million.
3. CHRISSY TEIGEN
Her lip sync battle gig along with a cookbook and line of cookware coupled with various promotions made $9 million. Who hasn’t followed her on Instagram yet?
2. KARLIE KLOSS
With an income of $10.3 million, Kloss ranks second in the 2018 list. It was her work with Estee Lauder, Adidas and Swarovski which warmed her bank balance.
1. KENDALL JENNER
No points for guessing who is at first rank of this list of highest paid models! Contracts with Adidas, Calvin Klein and Estee Lauder and few catwalks helped her making $18 million previous year.
Here is the name of most of the supermodels:
- Miranda Kerr– Australian model
- Adriana Lima– Brazilian Actress and model
- Heidi Klum– German Model and multi occupasional.
- Karlie Kloss– American model
- Gisele Bundchen– Brazilian model
- Kendall Jenner– American model
- Alessandra Ambrosio– Brazilian model
- Bar Rafaeli– Israeli model, actress and business woman.
- Brooklyn Decker– American actress and model
- Candice Swanepoel– South African model
- Lily Aldridge– American Model
- Gigi Hadid– American Model
- Rosie Huntington Whiteley– English model and actress
- Cindy Crawford– American model
- Kelly Brook– English model and actress
- Cara Delevingne– English model and singer
- Tyra Banks– American Television personality, model.
- Marisa Miller– American model
- Kate Moss– English model
- Elle Macpherson– American model and business woman
- Christie Brinkley– American model
- Jasmine Tookes– American model
- Brooke Burke Charvet– American model and actress
- Doutzen Kroes– Dutch model
- Irina Shayk– Russian model
- Tricia Helfer– Canadian model
- Liu Wen– Chinese model
- Naomi Campbell– English multitalented model
- Carol Alt– American model
- Barbara Palvin– Hungarian model
- Niki Taylor– American model
- Tyson Beckford-American model
- AlekWek– South Sudanese British model
- David Gandy-English Model
- Daul Kim-South Koran model
- Marcus Schenkenberg– Swedish model