Top 16 Highest Paid Models In The World

Adriana Lima

Natalie Robehmed of the Forbes e-zine conducted a survey on the world’s top models between June 2014 and June 2015 and came up with a list of the highest-paid. The list of 21 offers yet again its top spot for the 9th consecutive year to veteran model Gisele Bundchen whose earnings beat her counterparts’ with a mammoth margin. However, while Gisele’s top spot may seem to be the norm, there are a few surprises to the list like Kendall Jenner’s debut appearance at the 16th spot, bagging a fair $4 million thus making her the youngest highest-paid model at age 19. Read on to discover just how much models earn by offering their bodies/faces as an advertisement medium to the world’s top designer brands and you’ll indeed agree that beauty does really pay.

16. Kendall Jenner

Earnings: $4 million

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Making her first entrance to the fashion scene in 2014, the youngster needed just a year before she made it to the league of highest paid models, thanks to her appearance on the KUWTK show which has gained her much fame with a massive social media following of 58 million fans, the Kardashian sister is among the preferred choice by fashion brands. Her $4 million pretax earnings come majorly from her Calvin Klein and Estée Lauder cosmetics deals with Marc Jacobs and Fendi ads sprouting her paycheck.

12. Daria Werbowy

Earnings: $4.5 million (tie)

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The Lancôme ambassador’s active year paid-off as her 2015 paycheck leaped to $4.5 million, $1.5 million higher than last years’. In addition to her Lancôme beauty contract, the Ukrainian Canadian model made more income modelling for Equipment, Celine and H&M. In the past, she’s had lucrative deals with top brands like Prada, Gucci and Versace and has made more than 50 appearances on Vogue’s cover.


12. Liu Wen

Earnings: $4.5 million (tie)

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The Chinese model has many firsts to her name, like the first Asian model to appear on Forbes list of highest-paid models, first model to wear an Apple watch on the cover of Vogue magazine, first Asian model to walk Victoria’s secret runway, and many more. Wen’s 2015 paycheck dropped by $3 million from the $7 million she raked last year due to reduced ad campaigns. She got this year’s paycheck modelling for lingerie label La Perla, and campaigns with Massimo Dutti, MO&Co and H&M. The Chinese who have made appearances on a handful of Chinese TV shows also earns from endorsements in her country.

12. Kate Moss

Earnings: 4.5 million (tie)

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Like Wen, Kate’s 2014 earnings reduced by the same amount to place her on a 4-person tie. Her $4.5 million came from deals with Decorté Skincare, David Yurman jewelry company, and Burberry fragrance. She supplements her earnings from her own fashion collection and advertising for the British cosmetic brand Rimmel.


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