This put Gisele way ahead of 2nd placed Kate Moss who Forbes magazine estimated earned $9.3 million mostly through deals with Topshop, Mango, Longchamp and Rimmel.
The list shows that the high-earning world of supermodels is not a young girls game with Gisele at 31-years old and Kate 38-years old. Both are also married and mothers to young families with Gisele recently announcing that she and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, are expecting their second child.
Gisele’s massive income comes from big contracts with Versace, H&M, Pantene and Esprit. She also has a wide range of Brazilian business interests such as beauty products and the popular range of Ipanema flip-flops which add to her income.
She has been a major figure since the 90’s and apart from appearing in the Pirelli calendar (2001 and 2006) and gaining a record-breaking $25m contract with lingerie brand Victorias Secret Bunchen has also been seen on all the world’s top magazine covers. In fact she has graced the cover of more than 600 different magazines over her career so far, a figure only exceeded by Princess Diana.
Having topped the Forbes list since 2007 it is no surprise that the world’s Number 1 supermodel has also been named the Vogue Model of the Year, the Top Model Icon of All-Time (models.com), and in 2007 Rolling Stone Magazine called Bundchen The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.
The Top 10 Highest Earning Models in the World 2012 are:
- Gisele Bunchen $45m
- Kate Moss $9.2m
- Natalia Vodianova $8.6m
- Adriana Lima $7.3m
- Doutzen Kroes $6.9m
- Alessandra Ambrosio $6.6m
- Miranda Kerr $4m
- Lara Stone $3.8m
- Carolyn Murphy $3.5m
- Candice Swanepoel $3.1m
The Bulgari in the heart of Knightsbridge is certainly not a hotel for those with short arms and long pockets. Double rooms at the new hotel start at £600 and for that price you don’t even get breakfast as part of the deal! The hotel has a luxury spa, 25m indoor pool, hi-tech gym and a 47 seater private cinema.
Aishwarya who is 38-years old recently gave birth to a daughter and has received some very unflattering press coverage back in India for not losing her “baby pounds” as fast as others such as Beyonce. She was even called fat in one of the Indian press headlines and has a video of her accompanied by the sound of elephants. All of this is a far cry from her earlier treatment by the India media where she was seen as the most beautiful woman in the world and was often described as “The Goddess.” In fact Aishwarya was actually crowned Miss World in 1994 before her movie career began,
Aishwarya seems quite relaxed about her recent media treatment saying that the most important thing to her at the moment is being a mother and enjoying time with her new baby daughter. She said: ‘(Motherhood) is wonderful. You ask the question and I beam!’
‘It’s splendid… It’s inexplicable.The joy, the bliss, is wonderful. A smile from my daughter and that’s it! She’s good. She’s great.’
Aishwarya has appeared in a number of big Bollywood movies during her career, the most famous being 2002’s Devdas which won critical acclaim beyond the usual Indian market. Time magazine has named the movie as one of the Top 10 movies of the millennium. The soundtrack is even more well-thought of than the usual Bollywood productions and famously features the song Dola re Dola which appears in the movie as a dance duet with Aishwarya and Madhuri Dixit.
At last night’s Bulgari opening Aishwarya appeared very relaxed chatting to Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel. She wore a traditional Indian outfit in black, gold and cream designed by acclaimed Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
Other stars at the Bulgari opening included Holly Valance, Isabella Rossellini, Florence Welch, Rosamund Pike and model Petra Nemcova.
Check out the YouTube video clip below to watch Aishwarya sing Dola re Dola in the movie Devdas.