The Top 7 Highest Paid and Hottest Models in the World, having reached the pinnacle of the industry are found in the Icons, Supers and Legends lists. A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products (notably fashion clothing in fashion shows), or to serve as a visual aide for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.
7. GISELE CAROLINE BUNDCHEN (Net 47 Million $)
Gisele Caroline Bündchen born 20 July 1980 is a Brazilian supermodel. Since 2004, Bündchen has been among the highest-paid models in the world, and as of 2012 was the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry. Presently Gisele Caroline Bundchen is the brand ambassador of United Nation Environment Program. Her performance in Taxi was nominated for award and thus is the top highest paid model in 2017.
The Brazilian supermodel makes money from contracts including lucrative fragrance and beauty deals with Chanel and Carolina Herrera. More than a clotheshorse, her own line of lingerie and skincare help peg her fashion’s top-earner. Her popularity also lives in the fact that she has been a very famous philanthropists as well as social worker alongside her interest in modeling.
6. DOUTZEN KROES (Net 8 Million $)
Doutzen Kroes is a Dutch Frisian model and actress. She began her modeling career in 2003 in the Netherlands and quickly was sent by her agency to New York where she was cast by lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret. She became a Victoria’s Secret Angel for the brand in 2008. She has been a brand ambassador and spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris for over 10 years. Kroes has been in the top five of best-paid models, with an estimated income of more than five million per year since 2008.
In 2014, she came in second on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $8 million in one year. She is considered one of the “New Supers” and described as “Helen of Troy of advertising” by Models.com. She is one of few highly successful professional models who were not discovered by any shouting agency. She is quite popular throughout the world for exceptionally beautiful body and her amazing curves.
5. ADRIANA LIMA (Net 48 Million $)
Adriana Lima born June 12, 1981 is a Brazilian supermodel and actress, best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 1999 (being their longest-running model and named “the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel” in 2017, as a spokes model for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003 and for her Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials.
At the age of 15, Lima won Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford “Supermodel of the World” competition before signing with Elite Model Management in New York City. Lima is currently ranked by Models.com as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry. Since 2014, Lima has been the world’s second highest-paid model. In 2012, she came in 4th on the Forbes top-earning models list.
4. KATE MOSS (Net 9.3 Million $)
Katherine Ann Moss born 16 January 1974 is an English supermodel. Born in Croydon, Surrey, she was discovered in 1988 at age 14 by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK Airport in New York City. She has remained quite popular after her discovery by Sarah Doukas who is the former founder of the storm model management.
What makes this discovery quite unique is the fact that she was only 14 years old at that time. Moss has had her own clothing range and has been involved in musical projects. She has won accolades for modelling. In 2007, TIME named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She has inspired cultural depictions including a £1.5m ($2.8m) 18 carat gold statue of her, sculpted in 2008 for a British Museum exhibition.
3. KATE UPTON (Net 7.3 Million)
Katherine Elizabeth “Kate” Upton born June 10, 1992 is an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton was named Rookie of the Year following her first appearance in 2011, and was the cover model for the 2012, 2013 and 2017 issues.
She was also the subject of the 100th-anniversary Vanity Fair cover. Upton has also appeared in the films Tower Heist (2011) and The Other Woman (2014). She is also work for the Bobbi brown cosmetics brand and Express clothing. She is one amongst the world’s highest paid female models 2017.
2. MIRANDA KERR (Net 7 Million $)
Miranda May Kerr born 20 April 1983 is an Australian model. Kerr rose to prominence in 2007 as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Kerr was the first Australian Victoria’s Secret model and also represented the Australian department store chain David Jones. Kerr has launched her own brand of organic skincare products, KORA Organics, and has written a self-help book. She became quite famous throughout the world for extraordinary bikini photos which is quite normal for a model to pose for she was also one of the richest of all the Victoria’s Secret models.
1. LIU WEN (Net 7.5 Million $)
Liu Wen born January 27, 1988 is a Chinese fashion model represented by The Society Management and based in New York City. She is the first model of East Asian descent to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the first spokesmodel of East Asian descent for Estée Lauder and the first Asian model to ever make Forbes magazine’s annual highest-paid models list. In 2012, The New York Times named her “China’s first bona fide supermodel”. In 2017, she became the first Chinese model to ever appear on the front cover of American Vogue.
In an April 2014 article about social media’s rise in the fashion industry, American Vogue remarked that she had “by far, the biggest social-media audience of any model”. Models.com dubbed her as the first ever Asian “New Supermodel” in July 2014. And in October of the same year, Liu became the first person in the world to showcase an Apple Watch on a magazine cover when she appeared on Vogue China’s November 2014 issue.