The World’s Highest-Paid Models 2015
Supermodels have won the genetic lottery, and for the very best, it’s a lucrative sweepstake. The 21 beauties on this year’s highest-paid models list made a combined $147 million pretax between June 2014 and June 2015, proving that flawless genes and stellar business acumen are a killer combination.
Our list tracks pretax earnings for women who make the majority of their income modeling, rather than acting, presenting or singing. We looked at income from cosmetics and fragrance contracts, advertising, endorsements and other ventures. Earnings are based on interviews with numerous managers, agents and brand executive; management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.
5. Natalia Vodianova, $7 million
Natalia Vodianova spritzes for two fragrances: Calvin Klein Euphoria, which she first sprayed on in 2006, and Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum. Her earnings jumped to $7 million fro
m $4 million last year. She also clocks in a Guerlain cosmetics contract and designs a line for European lingerie makers Etam. The 33-year-old Russian is the face of Stella McCartney and Theory.
4. Doutzen Kroes, $7.5 million
Dutch powerhouse Doutzen Kroes may no longer be modeling for Victoria’s Secret–scheduling conflicts reportedly prevent her from fulfilling the lingerie line’s demanding time commitments–but she still makes a pretty penny from a lucrative L’Oréal cosmetics contract.
The face of Tiffany & Co., she also shills for Samsung in her native Netherlands and stars in a steamy Calvin Klein fragrance ad. The 30-year-old has her own line of cashmere sweaters which she regularly promotes to her 3.4 million Instagram followers and 1.7 million Facebook fans.
2. Adriana Lima, $9 million (tie)
Adriana Lima is Victoria Secret’s longest-running Angel in the brand’s history, first posing for them in 2000. The 34-year-old’s supermodel seniority comes with a supersized deal, which she supplements this year with Marc Jacobs, H&M and Desigual contracts.
Banking $9 million thanks to recent deals with Maybelline and Vogue Eyewear, Lima clocks her largest paycheck ever this year. With 5.4 million Instagram followers, 2.1 Twitter followers and 6 million Facebook followers, she is one of the most visible supermodels.The Brazilian also swept the small screen in this year’s SuperBowl, starring in a Kia ad.
2. Cara Delevingne, $9 million (tie)
Cara Delevingne only joined the Highest-Paid Models ranking in 2014 but she has already skyrocketed to the top thanks to a busy year of modeling, acting–and instagramming. Her earnings leaped to $9 million from $3.5 million last year.
Taylor Swift’s BFF appeared in campaigns for 13 different brands, shooting major adverts with DKNY, Burberry and Topshop and retaining a money-making beauty deal with YSL. After a brief part in 2012′s Anna Karenina, 2015’s Paper Towns was the first in a spate of forthcoming films from Delevingne, who is pivoting from the page to the multiplex.
The 23-year-old is soon set to appear in London Fields with Johnny Depp, Pan with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried, and Suicide Squad, with Will Smith and Jared Leto. With 19 million Instagram followers, 3.7 million Twitter followers and 240,000 Facebook fans, Delevingne is one of the most prominent models on social media, bested only by Kendall Jenner. She has a matching tattoo with fellow highest-paid model Jourdan Dunn.
1. Gisele Bundchen, $44 million
The highest-paid model in fashion, Gisele Bündchen continues to out-earn her younger counterparts banking $44 million this year, just slightly less than the $47 million she made in 2014. Though reports swirled that Gisele was retiring from the runway, the 35-year-old’s earnings have not been significantly dented.
The versatile Brazilian continues to clock lucrative beauty and fragrance contracts with Chanel and Carolina Herrera, supplementing those money makers with prestigious high fashion campaigns for Emilio Pucci and Balenciaga. Gisele’s Under Armour advertisement, which pictured her attacking a punch bag while social media commentary blared in the background, was perhaps the most impactful this year.
With 5.5 million Facebook fans and 6 million Instagram followers, Gisele has turned her name into a brand: She gets a cut of sales from the jelly sandals she designs for Brazilian shoemaker Grendene, while her line of Hope lingerie — Gisele Bundchen Intimates — also plumps up her paycheck.