Modeling is a product of the fashion industry. Fashion modeling is the practice of having someone who must have the appearance of a mannequin display costumes, trends, beauty, and clothing. When presenting on a ramp during a ramp walk, a model is someone who symbolizes the brand or the forthcoming trend.
The face of the sponsored must appear as a doll, or mannequin, in terms of fashion. They shouldn’t exhibit emotions like happiness, sadness, or worry. Additionally, male and female models are both acceptable in the fashion world. And, while there are many, many female models around the world, we will focus on the current top 15. Their rating reflects their net worth as well. Now, buckle up and prepare for takeoff.
15. Karlie Kloss
The fifteenth place is held by American fashion model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss. One of the most attractive models in the country, Kloss makes $13 million a year. She served as a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2011 to 2014. She was named one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue when she was only 17 years old. She is still listed among the top-earning models in the world.
14. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio, a famous Brazilian model, is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, where she eventually rose to the position of first ambassador for the brand. Since 2017, she has posed for brands like Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Armani, and Next in addition to Victoria’s Secret.
The model has also been shown in a number of worldwide magazine covers and advertisements for well-known companies. With an annual income of $16 million, the model mogul is among the wealthiest models in the world. Ambrosio currently serves as a National Multiple Sclerosis Society ambassador.
13. Miranda Kerr
Miranda May Kerr is an Australian model whose appearance has perplexed millions of her admirers. Mirada is also an entrepreneur, however she has made a fortune solely through her modeling profession. She is reported to have gained recognition after being picked as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2007.
Miranda was the first Australian model to walk Victoria’s Secret’s famed catwalk. She also worked for David Jones, an Australian department retailer. Miranda has recently emerged as an entrepreneur, having founded the skincare business KORA Organics. She has also written and published a self-help book.
12. Doutzen Kroes
Doutzen Kroes, a Dutch fashion model, earns $17 million a year, which is no joke. She used to be a professional speed skater as a child. However, she eventually started working with Paparazzi Model Management, which was situated in the Netherlands.
They eventually transferred her to New York City, where her career took a dramatic change. Kroes was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2008 to 2014, and she was the lingerie brand’s second Dutch model after Karen Mulder. According to Forbes, she was the second highest-paid model in 2014.
11. Candice Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel, a South African model and philanthropist, has made a comeback thanks to her work with Victoria’s Secret. She was picked as an angel in 2010, and six years later, Forbes ranked her as the world’s ninth richest model. She has appeared in editorials in American, Brazilian, Korean, Japanese, Mexican, Greek, German, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian magazines over the last decade.
She appeared in Vogue: British, German, Brazilian, and South African editions, as well as Elle: Chinese, Mexican, South African, British, and Romanian editions. She has also appeared in editorials for i-D, V, Allure, W, and other magazines.
10. Liu Wen
The New York Times labeled Liu Wen, a Chinese model, “China’s first bona fide supermodel” in 2012. Her face features, combined with her incredible body language, make her one of the highest-paid supermodels, with an annual salary of $18 million. She presently has contracts with the high-end clothing brand La Perla as well as Estee Lauder, both of which contribute significantly to her annual income.
She is also the first Chinese model to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the most prominent East Asian model to collaborate with Estee Lauder. Liu Wen was the first Chinese model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 2017, and the second to appear in Vogue.
9. Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls, a Puerto Rican model, was the first Latina woman to represent Estee Lauder cosmetics in 2011. Two years later, her name appeared on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid models. She graced the cover of American Elle in 2014.
Smalls left Elle to join IMG Models, focusing solely on runway work. Givenchy chose her for the Summer Haute Couture Show in January 2020, and she has had a lovely journey since then. Smalls gained traction from other prominent labels following the end of her Givenchy contract.
8. Bella Hadid
This is the youngest model on the list of the highest-paid models. You’ve certainly heard quite a bit about Bella Hadid, the face of Bulgari, Dior Beauty, and Tag Heuer. Apparently, the young lady began her modeling career at the age of 16. She was signed to IMG Models in 2014, and the following month she debuted at New York Fashion Week.
7. Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid is an American model and the founder of the clothing company Guest in Residence. She was named the sixth richest model in the world by Models.com in November 2014, and she earns $20 million each year. She has featured on the cover of Vogue 35 times, more than her sister Bella.
Gigi has been a model since she was three years old. She began modeling for Baby Guess before signing a contract with IMG Models in 2013. She made her New York Fashion Week debut the following year.
6. Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne is an English model whose face you may recognize from her movie appearances. In 2009, she left school to work at Storm Management. She eventually won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards twice, in 2012 and 2014. Delevingne first entered the fashion industry at the age of 10, when she was photographed alongside model Lady Eloise Anson for Vogue Italia.
She afterwards went to sign with Storm Management. Her first runway offer, though, came after two years. In 2011, she made her first catwalk outing at London Fashion Week.
5. Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima, a Brazilian supermodel, is as wealthy as Delevingne, who earns $31 million per year. Lima is the longest-serving angel in Victoria’s Secret history (from 1999 to 2018). Besides becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel, she has also worked for the Super Bowl and Kia Motors.
Her dreams of being a model began when she won a beauty pageant in elementary school. Soon after, she relocated to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management.
4. Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Rosie Huntington-Whitely, an English model, is well-known for her work with the lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret as well as Marks & Spencer. She recently increased her fame by teaming with Paige, a denim-focused fashion label. She made her modeling debut in a commercial for Levi’s jeans.
She later made her catwalk debut in 2004, walking with model Naomi Campbell. She was signed to Victoria’s Secret a few years later and made her first appearance in a fashion show in Los Angeles.
3. Gisele Bündchen
The fact that Brazilian fashion model Gisele Bundchen is still among the world’s wealthiest models even after quitting the business is astounding. Gisele has topped this list for more than a decade, which is fairly legendary.
Gisele, who is from Brazil, is not only a model but also an actor and producer. By 1999, she had established herself as one of the well-known divas credited with the end of the “heroin chic” era in the modeling industry. She had started her modeling career in the early 1990s.
2. Chrissy Teigen
American model and television personality Chrissy Teigen was once the face of Sports Illustrated. Her first appearance was in the yearly Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010. She appeared on the 50th anniversary cover of the magazine later in 2014 alongside Lily Aldridge and Nina Agdal.
She first appeared as a judge on the FAB Life chat show, which aired from 2015 to 2016. Following that, the beauty queen co-hosted Lip Sync Battle before hosting the comedic competition series Bring the Funny.
1. Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner, the world’s top model, originally earned considerable exposure as a result of her appearance on the reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Jenner began working in the modeling profession at the age of fourteen. She had her breakthrough seasons in 2014 after appearing in print ad campaigns and photoshoots for commercial clients the previous year.
Jenner is a brand ambassador for the cosmetics business Estée Lauder, in addition to her appearances in campaigns, editorials, and cover shoots for magazines such as LOVE and many international Vogue editions. Kendall Jenner additionally endorsed Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics, Stuart, Pepsi, and many other brands. Kendall earns $18 million per year.