#1 Kathy Ireland with a fortune estimated around $350 million dollars ($350,000,000.00 United States Dollars).
Fashion model Kathy Ireland is perhaps best known for being featured in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 13 consecutive years. In fact, one of Kathy Ireland’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue magazine covers remains to this day the most profitable single edition of any magazine in the world and transforming beautiful bikini models into sexy cash cows for Sports Illustrated. In her prime in terms of her fashion modeling career (supermodel Kathy Ireland was super famous in the 1980′s) she had fashion magazine covers in Glamour magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, and Vogue magazine (among others) and knew how to maximize her fashion modeling potential appearing as a guest in a variety of television series and shows (Melrose Place, Boy Meets World, and Touched by an Angel), co-starring in several movies, and endorsing several products in fashion advertisements.
Supermodel Kathy Ireland graced the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue magazine cover three times and has built a mega-business out of her mega-modeling-brand (her name, her image, her beautiful looks, etc.). In fact, American fashion model (or should we now say fashion mogul) Kathy Ireland recently moved an outstanding $2 billion worth of licensed products at retail stores, making her a bigger licensor than the formidable Martha Stewart. In fact, the empire of fashion model Kathy Ireland now spans home furnishing solutions (from leather furniture to cabinet tops and ceiling fans) all the way to signature Kathy Ireland socks and wigs. Kathy Ireland has also also added bestselling workout videos to her brand portfolio showing us how she was able to create a very powerful fashion brand using her name, her beautiful looks, and her vast following of millions of fans from around the world. Her beauty and looks made her millions of dollars in her youth, but her extraordinary business genius has made her the richest model in the world with only Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen following close behind (if you consider a $100 million dollar difference close).
Similar to other top earning models like Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Elle MacPherson, and Heidi Klum (all ranked among the richest models in the world) fashion model Kathy Ireland has used her youthful success in the fashion modeling industry into a booming international fashion empire of her own. A career in fashion modeling also provides plenty of tough but valuable lessons for a future business entrepreneur. It requires discipline, the ability to handle rejection on a constant basis, and being able to brush of skepticism and critics at every pass (every time a client says no to booking a model) so resilience is key and extremely important. As models meet with potential employers (such as fashion companies) when trying to book a fashion job they must exude and show self-confidence, while remaining constantly aware of their own flaws and shortcomings. In fact, a fashion model might have to go to hundreds of “go sees” and auditions before booking a single job or collecting a single paycheck, so her modeling job is a daily lesson in persistence. Almost by definition, a successful model must build an identifiable “brand” long before she lends her name to anything.
Successful fashion models know how to leverage their name recognition in one field into another. For example, most successful fashion models make small leaps such as German model Heidi Klum when she created “Project Runway” or American fashion model Cindy Crawford with her skin care products designed by dermatologists. But no other supermodel has made a leap as dramatic into business as supermodel Kathy Ireland. The one time sexy bikini model has licensed her name to some 15,000 different products, most of which are very unsexy but extremely profitable. It also helps that Kathy Ireland is also relentlessly on-message when it comes to her brand identity. Her company motto, “Finding solutions for families, especially busy moms” might not be catchy, but it allows her the flexibility to sell a vast, hugely profitable variety of products to millions of women around the world. Thus, it goes to show you that you should never underestimate an extremely beautiful face.
#2 Gisele Bundchen with a fortune estimated around $250 million dollars.
#3 Cindy Crawford with a fortune estimated around $100 million dollars.
#4 Tyra Banks with a fortune estimated around $90 million dollars.
#5 Christie Brinkley with a fortune estimated around $80 million dollars.
#6 Heidi Klum with a fortune estimated around $70 million dollars.
#7 Kate Moss with a fortune estimated around $50 million dollars.
#8 Naomi Campbell with a fortune estimated around $48 million dollars.
#9 Elle Macpherson with a fortune estimated around $45 million dollars.
#10 Claudia Schiffer with a fortune estimated around $40 million dollars.
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