The World’s Top Models – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 19 August 2014

19 Aug
Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen

The World’s Top Models – for the 13th straight year Gisele Bundchen has topped the list of the world’s highest paid models with her earnings for the last 12 months estimated at a staggering $47 million.

In most households if a man took home around $31 million from his job he would be the biggest earner but not in Gisele’s house where New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s paycheck falls a good way short of his wife’s yearly take home figure.

Gisele earnings are a huge way ahead of the other models on the Forbes top earners list. With most of the world’s economies still struggling out of recession big salary increases are not that common but Gisele has managed to increase her earnings by over $5m since last year.

Coming in 2nd place on the Forbes highest earning models list we find the 29-year old Dutch Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes who took home $8m over the last 12 months. Joining Doutzen in 2nd place is another Victoria’s Secret model the Brazilian Adriana Lima, who also earned $8m. Adriana is the longest-serving of the models who have worked on the Victoria’s secret lingerie range having first worked for them in 2000.

In joint 3rd position we find possibly the best known names on the list all bunched together courtesy of their modelling earnings of some $7m each over the last 12 months. Kate Moss, Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr and Liu Wen have all had a very good year well at least until they look at what Gisele Bundchen took home!

Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes

As well as being one of the best-known names on the list Kate Upton is also the highest placed newcomer on the Forbes top earners list. This comes as a bit of a surprise as she seems to have been around a lot longer than is really the case. As Forbes themselves point out she is one of a new breed of models who owe a lot of their success to the clever use of social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. Unlike nearly all the other models on the list Kate Upton is one of the very few top earners who has not worked as a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

British model Kate Moss has the distinction of being the only surviving model from the original Forbes 100 Celebrity list of 1999 to have still made the cut. She is still pulling in plenty of work and despite turning 40-years old in January this year has actually moved up one place since appearing on last year’s Forbes list. And yes, at 40-years old she is easily the oldest model on this year’s list.

As well as Kate Upton other newcomers to the top earners list this year include Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss. Like Kate all these models are well-known names to us but it is only in the last 12 months that their earnings have started to catch up with their social media profiles and their appearances in media columns.

In case anyone says to you that modelling is just for airheads then you might like to inform them that Gisele Bundchen has earned a cool $386m  from modelling since 2001.

Here are the details of the top earning models for the last 12 months according to Forbes:

1 Gisele Bundchen – $47m

=2 Doutzen Kroes – $8m

=2 Adriana Lima – $8m

=3 Kate Moss – $7m

=3 Kate Upton – $7m

=3 Miranda Kerr – $7m

=3 Liu Wen – $7m

=4 Alessandra Ambrosio- $5m

=4 Hilary Rhoda – $5m

=5 Natalie Vodianova – $4m

=5 Carolyn Murphy – $4m

=5 Karlie Kloss – $4m

=5 Jourdan Dunn  $4m



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