Modeling is one such industry which requires a lot of hard work and faces even more criticism but the perks, on the other hand, is the sky-high income of the models. Today we will discuss the highest paid models in the industry.
The life of a model looks like a walk on the rose bed to the outsiders but only the one who has stepped in the modeling shoes knows how real the struggle is, and for putting in so much sweat and struggle they deserve a good handsome salary.
The models mentioned here in the list have managed to make their mark in the industry and are the highest paid models and undoubtedly proved their worth.
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Top 15 Highest Paid Models :-
15. Ashley Graham
The American supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham stepped into modeling industry in 2000 and since then she has been a role model for girls and is a marvelous example of beauty lies not just in zero figure but any size, all that a person requires is to be confident in its own skin.
Her appearance in a controversial TV commercial Lane Bryant got the attention of many viewers and also made it to the news. She became one of the first plus-size models to get featured in the swimsuit issue.
Her multiple collaborations with world famous brands helped her to be listed here. Her net annual worth is of $5.2 million. She is 15th in the list of top highest paid models in Hollywood.
14. Miranda Kerr
The Australian model rose to fame in 2007 when she became Victoria’s Secret Angel and represented David Jones, an Australian department store.
It was the Dolly Magazine model search competition which she won at the age of thirteen and took the first baby step in the modeling industry.
A series of beachwear ad gave her a good amount of exposure on a commercial level. Having been the brand ambassador of Seafolly, an Australian swimwear brand, Kerr is currently the co-owner of Bowery Ballroom.
Her success with Maybelline and campaigns with brands like Prada, Jil Sander, and others helped her in bagging a net annual worth of $6 million.
13. Adriana Lima
The Brazilian model is best known as Victoria’s secret longest running model, from 1999 to 2018. Never having aimed for modeling as a career, destiny had some other plans for her.
Winning the title of “Supermodel of Brazil” at the age of fifteen, she went on to become a spokesmodel for Maybelline in 2003. Since 2012 she has always been in the list of Forbes highest earning models.
She has been the brand ambassador of brands like Desigual, Calzedonia, Sportmax, and is at present an ambassador for Puma, Chopard and IWC. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Grazia, Cosmopolitan, Interview, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and others. Her net annual worth is of $6.5 million. She is 13th in the list of top highest paid models in Hollywood.
12. Liu Wen
The first East Asian model who walked for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and made her way to Forbes list of top-paid models in 2013, and ever since that has managed to be in this list.
She started her career in the industry with a contest named NEW SILK ROAD WORLD MODEL CONTEST, but she internationally came in limelight when she shot for Karl Lagerfeld and Viktor and Rolf.
Owing to her huge social media following and the big projects with well-renowned brands warmed her bank balance again this year. Her net annual worth is of $7 million.
11. Candice Swanepoel
The blue-eyed South African supermodel has appeared in campaigns for Agua Bendita, Versace, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Colcci, Rag & Bone, Oscar De La Renta and several others of the type.
Along with becoming Victoria’s Secret Angel, Candice also modeled for Kardashians’ Swimwear line, 2010. In 2014, she was ranked number 1 by Maxim’s “Hot 100 List” and in 2018, Candice launched her very own swimwear collection Tropic of C and all this together helped her to make a way to this list of top-earning models, and she deserves it all. Her net annual worth is of $7 million. She is 11th in the list of top highest paid models in Hollywood.
10. Doutzen Kroes
The Dutch model and actress best known for her success as a model who landed four different solo International covers in Vogue’s September Issue in the same year.
The Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, Amsterdam branch has her wax figure and this shows how her struggles in the modeling industry paid her sweet perks and popularity apart from a handsome salary.
She has also released her own collection line named “Doutzen Stories” and has made an appearance in movies as well. Who remembers the Amazon Warrior? Her net annual worth is of $8 million.
9. Joan Smalls
The Puerto Rican supermodel who became the first of her kind to represent Estee Lauder cosmetics, and got featured in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for six consecutive years, from 2011 to 2016.
She has modeled for Chanel, Tom Ford, Haute Couture, Prada, Balmain, Fendi, Gucci, Isabel Marant, Lanvin and has appeared in editorials such as ELLE, Harpers Bazaar, Interview, GQ, American and Spanish V, i-D, W and Glamour.
Joan has also been photographed by several well-known fashion photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, and others. She has under her name model of the year, Style Awards 2012. Joan you beauty! Her net annual worth is of $8.5 million. She is 9th in the list of top highest paid models in Hollywood.
8. Bella Hadid
The American Model who stepped into the modeling industry at the age of 16 and got starred in Swan Sittings by Lesa Amoore rose to actual popularity when IMG Models signed her in 2014.
She has walked the runway for Desigual, Tom Ford, Jeremy Scott, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Bottega Veneta, Balmain and others. Her annual income of $8.5 million came mainly from the campaigns and collaboration with big brands.
7. Gigi Hadid
The younger Hadid sister leads the race and went ahead of the elder sister in the list of top-earning models by almost one million.
Having walked for multiple fashion brands till date, she has appeared 35 times on International Vogue magazine covers in just four years of career in the modeling industry, this unstoppable rate with which she is touching every height of success makes her one of the best models of her generation.
She won Model of the Year award in 2015, Best Look- TRL awards 2016, International Model of the Year- British fashion awards 2016 and Best Design Debut awards in 2017. Her net annual worth is of $9.5 million. She is 7th in the list of top highest paid models in Hollywood.
6. Cara Delevingne
The English model signed to Storm Model Management immediately after leaving school in 2009 and took a step ahead in her modeling career by winning Model of the year award, British fashion awards 2012.
Although her mention in this list is nothing less than a surprise but also nothing less than what a hard working model deserves. Currently focused on her film career, she has not left her modeling roots completely and is equally popular in both the acting and modeling industry.
Her huge social media fan base and big fat income go hand in hand now. Her net annual worth is of $10 million.
5. Gisele Bundchen
The Brazilian actress and model got her big break in the modeling industry owing to her ability to walk in extremely high heels on a super slippery runaway!
She has appeared on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Allure, GQ, Citizen K, Marie Claire and few others. She was the favorite model in the 90s and is the pioneer of the horse walk and went on to become Victoria’s Secret Angel for 7 years (2000-2007). It’s almost a decade now that Gisele has been constantly on the top of the highest earning model with a net worth of $10 million. She is 5th in the list of top highest paid models in Hollywood.
4. Rosie Huntington
The multi-talented English model, businesswoman, actress and designer is one of Victoria’s Secret Angels. Her collaboration with denim focused brand is one of her latest achievements.
Rosie earning of $11.5 million majorly comes from her own series of fragrance, lingerie and makeup lines. Her works in the acting industry in equally appreciated and well accepted by people.
3. Chrissy Teigen
The American model who loves writing debuted in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the year 2010. Currently signed to IMG Models, she is world famous for her appearance on the cover of Maxim calendar.
She has campaigned for Rock and Republic, Skullcandy, Gillette Venus, Nike, Billabong, XOXO, Olay and other such brands. Chrissy had to be on the top three list because she is one of the most popular and in-demand models along with her cookbook being welcomed by the world wholeheartedly. Her net annual worth is of $11.5 million. She is 3rd in the list of top highest paid models in Hollywood.
2. Karlie Kloss
The American model and entrepreneur started her modeling career at a tender age of 14 years and a few years later her runaway walk got named as “moody gait” and let us thank her classic look that did all the magic and introduced her to such glamorous stardom. No doubt America’s most beautiful model had to be on top three with a net worth of $13 million.
1. Kendall Jenner
Who better and more deserving than Kendall Jenner to be on number one! The Jenner family is ruling the industry like a boss and Kendall is one of the most searched personalities on social media.
Currently signed to two modeling agency, The Society Management and Elite Model Management, Kendall has walked the runway for brands such as Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Giles Deacon, Tommy Hilfiger and many others. We would have been disappointed if she would have not got this rank in the list because she has worked for it real hard and has a net worth of $22.5 million.