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Fab Flash: Gisele Tops List of High-Earning Models in 2008

Forbes' annual list of the world's top-earning models is out, and Gisele takes the top spot again this year.

She has accumulated $35 million (!) in the last 12 months from her former contract with Victoria's Secret, her ads for Versace, a lucrative deal with Max Factor, plus those popular sandals of hers; and that's just to name a few of the sources.

Heidi Klum trails behind in second place with $14 million in earnings, which is no surprise between Project Runway and her Victoria's Secret contract. But the real surprise — to me, anyway — is that Tyra isn't on the list.

1. Gisele Bundchen - $35 million
2. Heidi Klum - $14 million
3. Kate Moss - $7.5 million
4. Adriana Lima - $7 million
5. Doutzen Kroes - $6 million

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6. Karolina Kurkova - $5 million
7. Natalia Vodianova - $4.8 million
8. Carolyn Murphy - $4.5 million
9. Daria Werbowy - $3.8 million
10. Miranda Kerr - $3.5 million
11. Isabeli Fontana - $3 million
11. Gemma Ward - $3 million
12. Selita Ebanks - $2.7 million
13. Valentina Zelyaeva - $2.3 million
14. Hilary Rhoda - $2 million
15. Liya Kebede - $1.5 million


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NOLA2SoCal NOLA2SoCal 7 years
Where is The Stam???? I expected to see her close to the top. Gigi is sooooo boring. It's like, "Ok, we get it already. She's got great hair, but w/o it....well, she looks like a 12 yr old boy (body & face) + a tiny boob job. Another over-rated, snooze-fest is Carolyn Murphy. How is she still being photographed for ad campaigns and worthy of sooo much $$$? Stammy needs to hook up with her (or some of these other broads' agents/mgt) and get a better contract for all the work she is doing, lol!
tagen22 tagen22 9 years
I'm surprised that Doutzen Kroes is so high up on the list.. I love her, and think she's absolutely beautiful, but I had no idea she was that high up.
sophiebella sophiebella 9 years
Bundchen is totally a man... I like Pivovarova, Kroes, Mona Johannesson, and J. Maran
twiggychic3 twiggychic3 9 years
yeah wth!!! where are alessandra and jessica stam!??!?! this totally makes no sense...
Lala77 Lala77 9 years
Like her or not, you have to admit that she's a smart cookie :) Brava Gisele. None of my fave models right now are on the list but that's actually logical because they are still at the beginning of their career so...don't care too much about it :)
Tullia Tullia 9 years
um, where's Jessica Stam!?
pureperfection pureperfection 9 years
WOW!! Great money! i wanna be a model too!!
berrymix berrymix 9 years
Yeah, why isn't Tyra on the list? and Naomi?
bhilb bhilb 9 years
Just to offset some of the previous (and very harsh!) comments, I think Giselle is gorgeous and a beautiful model.
linday_love linday_love 9 years
go gisele and adriana
Titi1506 Titi1506 9 years
Sorry but… Where is ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO??? She must be in the top 15… Stupid study…
any any 9 years
emalove emalove 9 years
This doesn't surprise me.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Gisele is so overrated.
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 9 years
Will the fashion industry get a clue?!? Gisele is one of the ugliest women I have ever seen (no exaggeration). She looks like a man or, at the very least, a tranny (although there are better looking trannies out there.). I would never buy any clothing/accessory she wears/models because she makes the clothes/accessory look terrible. She's GROSS. I sometimes wish I were a famous designer because I would publicly announce that I would never want Gi-smelle modelling my clothes, and then her time in the spotlight would be over. Rant done now...thanks for reading.
iaudrey iaudrey 9 years
i googled a bit and found something reported last year that Tyra was making around $18 mil. not too shabby!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Maybe Tyra just doesn't count anymore. And Sun_Sun, I agree with you 100%!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
bundchen has a man face :P
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So sick of her...
Fashion_Victim Fashion_Victim 9 years
Anyway,Bundchen is the best.:)
Fashion_Victim Fashion_Victim 9 years
Hm...A big surprise for me is that Sasha Pivovarova isn't on the list.
flo2046 flo2046 9 years
Tyra retired as a model (in 2003 i believe?), so maybe that's why she doesn't qualify. otherwise, I am sure she earns more than Heidi, with the talk show and ANTM.
livyc livyc 9 years
models that make that much money??? seriously that is ridiculous
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