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Forbes' List of World's Top-Earning Models

Forbes' List of World's Top-Earning Models

According to Forbes Magazine, there's a slew of models who are raking in more money than any of us can even dream of. Surely you'll recognize the names and faces of most of these beauties who have showed up in recent ad campaigns, magazine covers, editorials, talk shows and even movies. The list was ranked primarily according to estimated earnings over the past 12 months. I can go on and on about how successful these gals are but I'm sure you want the list! Do share your thoughts on the chosen ones - do you think they earn their keep?!

I present to you the World's Top-Earning Models according to Forbes...

1) Gisele Bundchen - $33 million
2) Kate Moss - $9 million
3) Heidi Klum - $8 million
4) Adriana Lima - $6 million
5) Alessandra Ambrosio - $6 million

To see the rest,

6) Carolyn Murphy - $5 million
7 ) Natalia Vodianova - $4.5 million
8 ) Karolina Kurkova - $3.5 million
9) Daria Werbowy - $3.5 million
10) Gemma Ward - $3 million
11) Liya Kebede - $2.5 million
12) Hilary Rhoda - $2 million
13) Shalom Harlow - $2 million
14) Doutzen Kroes - $1.5 million
15) Jessica Stam - $1.5 million


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MsHauteStylist MsHauteStylist 8 years
damn i love giselle bundchen & someday i want to be a model thought its imposible hehe im 12 yrs. old & i really love her she's so gorgeous!
Kim-Leduna Kim-Leduna 9 years
is it just me? how come i see more JStam than Gisele and yet there's a big difference on their earnings?
MSipriano MSipriano 9 years
What makes gisele worth 33 million?I mean in my opinion she's not beautiful or close to it (she looks like a drag queen)..Her body is not gorgeous is just like every other stick thin model!the only thing that makes/made her was unquie is that she came from brazil!and now that's not even rare it seems like there are more brazilian models then there is any other model these days.If you ask me the world needs more tyra banks..say she's fat all you want..but when it comes down to it she was THE model!she had the curves and the ability to work the runway and command attention and if you ask me all those other models are just trying to immatate her (adriana lima,gisele,alessandra) they walk HORRIBLE and they dont look NORMAL they look like they need some fat put into there faces!but back to the main point gisele shouldnt be earning as much as she does she looks and weighs the same as every other model!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
WOW..loads of cash
SugarPrep SugarPrep 9 years
DANG. I'll be on that list 5 years from now,LOL jk jk
demeter demeter 9 years
I love my Alessandra! She's amazing!
iBcabo iBcabo 10 years
Gisele is SO worth 33 million! she's gorgeous and professional...she is waaaay better lookin than kate moss and more down to earth, andddd she is not on drugsss!!!
jezzle jezzle 10 years
aww gemma ward is my favourite model, she has a unique look to her.I would of thought she would get paid more considering shes advertising for a lot of brands. But Gisele... that wasnt expected.
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 10 years
No way there is that large of a pay gap! Unless the others took part of the year off...
tiabia tiabia 10 years
Nobody ever said that you had to be "beautiful" to be a model. You have to be relatively tall, although Moss is on the short-side of the height, be graceful, be angular, be able to be photographed well, have a killer walk, and be able to persuade people into buying the clothes off your back....Moss is EXCELLENT at that!!! Oh, and to get Karl Lagerfeld to fall in love with you...and you're a WINNER!!! LMAO
tiabia tiabia 10 years
WOW...$33 million, hmmmm. I will never understand these outrageous salaries. My favorite on this list is Liya Kebebe, I think she is absolutely beautiful. I also love Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, although that's a terrible picture.
i_love_miu i_love_miu 10 years
Kate has had SO many covers, campaigns and ads in the past year. She's been in ads for Burberry, Versace, Cavalli, Longchamp, Rimmel, Dior etc. as well as non-fashion brands like Nikon and Virgin mobiles, plus her Topshop deal, surely it would add up to more than 9 mil.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 10 years
I would've guessed Kate for number 1.
nadiap nadiap 10 years
Way to go girls. I'm happy for all the girls. Strong independent women earning big money I'm all for that. The last stat I read said women make something like 75 cents for every dollar a man make for doing the same job. Not so in modeling. In that field the women have the advantage. I say more power to them. btw I love Gisele. I read she's a workhorse and she juggles 20 ad campaigns. Her agent must love her.
tiatia tiatia 10 years
I knew it was going to be Giselle on top. I mean come on, she was a model for victoria's secret, vogue eyewear, and I think dior timepieces as well. Then she has the whole movie career going on. To top all of that off, she has her own shoe line in her native country of Brazil, and its the top selling shoe in the country. She is busy!
lms lms 10 years
Liya Kebede is my favorite...she is my avatar.
tickintime tickintime 10 years
Gisele makes $33mil a year for many reasons. Here are just a few...magazine covers, billboards, she has her own shoe line, movie deals, her contract with VS, fashion shows and last but certainly not least a runway model.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
Love Jessica Stam so I'm suprised she came in last. Although 1.5 million is nothing to laugh at; I'd take that paycheck any day!haha. Glad to see Hilary Rhoda doing well; she reminds me of Brook Shields w/ the strong features. Interesting list.
Rachiepop Rachiepop 10 years
Some of them don't earn as much as I thought, but I'm slightly surprised that Gisele is number one. I adore Gisele though and am really happy for her. :)
Chica8a Chica8a 10 years
33 million .... i wish i had that money ! 4) Adriana Lima - $6 million She is my fave Victoria Secret Model
blackjade78 blackjade78 10 years
33 mil?!? Oh my jesus...!
Fashion Fashion 10 years
My bad grys, thanks for the heads up! ;) xo
xo1 xo1 10 years
waow is this really accurate? i just find it hard to believe that gisele can be earning so much more than kate moss.
grys grys 10 years
umm Fab you miss #5???
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