Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Karlie Kloss Modeling For Swarovski Advertisements (Swarovski Ads) Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
ZARZAR MODELS recently released the latest list of the highest paid models in the world (the world’s highest paid models). The latest list of the highest paid models in the fashion modeling industry (the top earning models in the world) covers all model earnings for the past 12 months (from June 2016 to June 2017) and are approximate based on the leading industry sources including Forbes magazine (one of the most prestigious financial magazines in the world and a leader in financial data analysis). All amounts are in United States Dollars.
The Highest Paid Models In The World – The World’s Highest Paid Models For 2017
The top 10 beautiful fashion models on this year’s highest paid models list earned a combined $109.5 million dollars (before modeling agency fees and taxes) over the past 12 months proving that flawless genes and stellar business acumen are a powerful combination that can make you very wealthy. Model earnings are based on modeling income from cosmetics, fragrance, and other important modeling agency contracts (estimates are sourced from interviews with numerous modeling agency managers, agents, and brand executives).
1. Kendall Jenner (United States) with model earnings for the year of $22 million dollars.
The 22 year old supermodel (born in Los Angeles, California) has over 86 million Instagram followers, more than double any other model on the list. Kendall Jenner has turned digital fame into millions of dollars, advertising for cosmetics giant Estée Lauder, lingerie brand La Perla and sneaker maker Adidas, among other world class fashion brands. Non-modeling money from her family’s E! reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, social media endorsements, and her Kendall + Kylie clothing line added to her total earnings.
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Kendall Jenner Modeling As The Highest Paid Model In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Model. The Top Earning Model In The World.
2. Gisele Bundchen (Brazil) with model earnings for the year of $17.5 million dollars.
Though Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen retired from the fashion runway in 2015, the 37 year old fashion model still makes millions of dollars from modeling contracts including a lucrative fragrance deal with Carolina Herrera, plus advertisements for Arezzo shoes and Vivara jewelry in her native Brazil. It is important to know that even though Gisele Bundchen’s modeling earnings have declined significantly since she reached the peak of her fashion modeling career (Gisele Bundchen earned approximately $47 million dollars in 2014), she has appeared on more than 1,200 magazine covers in her two decade-long fashion modeling career in addition to earning more money than any other model in the world every single year between 2002 and 2016. Thus, 2017 marked the end of Gisele Bundchen’s 15 year reign as the highest paid model in the world (the world’s highest paid model).
“Brazilian fashion model Gisele Bundchen has earned over $477.5 million from fashion modeling since the beginning of this century.”
Above: Beautiful Brazilian Fashion Model Gisele Bundchen Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
3. Chrissy Teigen (United States) with model earnings for the year of $13.5 million dollars.
Christine Diane Teigen (born in Utah on November 30, 1985) is a famous American model. Chrissy Teigen made her fashion modeling debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2010 (she eventually appeared on the cover in 2014 alongside famous fashion models Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge).
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Chrissy Teigen Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
With an incredible social media following (Chrissy Teigen has over 16.4 million Instagram followers), the former Sports Illustrated cover girl makes millions of dollars from deals beyond fashion, including advertisements with beverage brands such as Vita Coco and Smirnoff. The Lip Sync Battle host and cookbook author also appears in fashion modeling campaigns for hair care company TRESemmé and cosmetics brand BECCA. Chrissy Teigen married singer John Legend on September 14, 2013 in Como, Italy. John Legend proposed to model Chrissy Teigen in December 2011, after approximately four years of dating, having first met on the set of his 2007 music video for “Stereo”.
4. Adriana Lima (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) with model earnings for the year of $10.5 million dollars.
Adriana Lima (born on June 12, 1981) is a famous Brazilian fashion model and actress, best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 1999 (making her the longest-running model for Victoria’s Secret and named “the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel” in 2017), as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003, and for her Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials.
Above: Beautiful Brazilian Fashion Model Adriana Lima Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
The longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel in Victoria’s Secret history, Adriana Lima first modeled for the famous lingerie brand in 1999. Almost two decades later, her seniority earns her a supersized modeling contract with the lingerie maker. The face of Sportmax and Marc Jacobs fragrance, Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima also hosts hair and makeup competition show American Beauty Star on Lifetime.
5. Gigi Hadid (United States) with model earnings for the year of $9.5 million dollars.
Thanks to her 38 million Instagram followers, the 22 year old fashion model (born in Los Angeles, California) can command top dollars from brands eager to reach her young fans. A selling point herself, Gigi Hadid has her own collections with makeup giant Maybelline, Vogue eyewear, and Tommy Hilfiger. With her sister Bella Hadid, the Hadid sisters are the first siblings to both be included on the lists of the highest paid models in the world (the world’s highest paid models).
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Gigi Hadid Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
5. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (England, United Kingdom) with model earnings for the year of $9.5 million dollars.
Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley (born on April 18, 1987) is an English model, actress, designer, and business woman. Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is best known for her modeling work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret (she was a Victoria’s Secret Angel), for being the face of Burberry’s 2011 brand fragrance “Burberry Body“, for her work with Marks & Spencer, and most recently for her artistic collaboration with denim-focused fashion brand Paige.
Above: Beautiful British Fashion Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
Moving into acting, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley became known for her supporting roles as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment in the Transformers film series, and as the Splendid Angharad in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, which received ten Academy Award nominations. A cut of sales from her own lingerie, makeup, and fragrance lines at British department store Marks & Spencer accounts for the majority of her millions of dollars in income last year. Despite giving birth in June of 2017, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley still advertised for shoemaker Ugg, jewelry house Nirav Modi, and Burberry fragrance, and released a line of jeans with Paige.
7. Karlie Kloss (United States) with model earnings for the year of $9 million dollars.
At just 25, the St. Louis native (Karlie Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois) has been on the cover of Vogue’s various editions 36 times. Her current modeling contracts include lucrative deals with companies such as Adidas, Swarovski, and Express. Karlie Kloss is the founder of Kode With Klossy, an education nonprofit that has taught more than 500 women and girls the basics of computer programming and software development. Karlie Kloss also runs a YouTube channel and hosts a talk show on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company).
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Karlie Kloss Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
8. Liu Wen (China) with model earnings for the year of $6.5 million dollars.
Liu Wen (born on January 27, 1988) is a famous Chinese model. In 2012, The New York Times dubbed Liu Wen “China’s first bona fide supermodel”. Chinese supermodel Liu Wen was the first model of east Asian descent to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the first spokesmodel of east Asian descent to model for Estée Lauder, and the first Asian model to ever make Forbes magazine’s annual highest paid models in the world list. In 2017 supermodel Liu Wen also became the first Chinese fashion model to ever appear on the front cover of American Vogue.
Above: Beautiful Chinese Fashion Model Liu Wen Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
Liu Wen has appeared in fashion advertisements for luxury lingerie maker La Perla and activewear brand Puma, in addition to having modeled for hundreds of prestigious fashion brands located around the world such as Chanel and Burberry. Chinese supermodel Liu Wen is not only the highest paid model in China, but also has the title of being the highest paid Chinese model and the highest paid model of Asian descent in human history.
9. Bella Hadid (United States) with model earnings for the year of $6 million dollars.
At only 21 years of age, Bella Hadid is the list’s youngest member. Her beautiful sister, supermodel Gigi Hadid (ranked 5th this year with modeling earnings of $9.5 million dollars in just 12 months), out-earns Bella Hadid by $3.5 million dollars, marking the first time siblings have ever appeared on the highest paid models ranking (the highest paid fashion models in the world list).
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Bella Hadid Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
Beautiful and famous American fashion model Bella Hadid had a very busy year modeling for more than a dozen fashion brands, including Dior makeup, Nike, and Nars cosmetics. Isabella Khair Hadid was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former fashion model Yolanda Hadid. Bella Hadid’s mother is a Dutch born American, and her father is Palestinian American. Bella Hadid has two siblings, an older sister named Gigi Hadid, who also made this year’s list of the highest paid fashion models in the world, and a younger brother, Anwar Hadid. Bella Hadid also has two older half-sisters, Marielle Hadid and Alana Hadid, on her father’s side.
Bella Hadid and her siblings were originally raised on a ranch in Santa Barbara, California for ten years. As a teenager, Bella Hadid was an equestrian (like her beautiful older sister Gigi) and had dreams of attending the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but had to give up competing in 2013 due to health reasons. In the fall of 2014, beautiful fashion model Bella Hadid moved to New York City and began studying photography at the Parsons School of Design, while also signing with her sister’s modeling agency that same year. Bella Hadid has since dropped out of school due to the success of her fashion modeling career, but she has expressed interest in returning to school to study fashion photography as a career once she is done with her modeling career. Beautiful fashion model Bella Hadid has also expressed an interest in acting.
10. Ashley Graham (United States) with model earnings for the year of $5.5 million dollars.
Even though American fashion model Ashley Graham began modeling over a decade ago, in 2016 the plus size fashion model became the first size 14 model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. Fashion model Ashley Graham makes the list of the highest paid fashion models in the world for the first time thanks to her own lines for Dressbarn, Addition Elle, Swimsuits For All, plus fashion modeling campaigns for Lane Bryant and H&M, in addition to other major fashion brands.
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Ashley Graham Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
Fashion model Ashley Graham (born on October 30, 1987) is a famous American plus size model. Ashley Graham has appeared on the cover of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle. In addition, fashion model Ashley Graham has appeared in several Levi’s jean campaigns for plus size women. Ashley Graham was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska, and has two younger sisters.
Ashley Graham signed with a modeling agency in 2001 while attending Scott Middle School (from 1999 to 2002), and signed with a different modeling agency in 2003 while attending Lincoln Southwest High School (from 2002 to 2005). Beautiful fashion model Ashley Graham has also served as a backstage host for Miss USA 2016, Miss Universe 2016, Miss USA 2017, and Miss Universe 2017. In addition, Ashley Graham is an official judge for the reality television show America’s Next Top Model.
11. Candice Swanepoel (South Africa) with model earnings for the year under $5.5 million dollars.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa native Candice Swanepoel was discovered in a Durban flea market by a local modeling scout. Perhaps best known as a leading Victoria’s Secret Angel, Candice Swanepoel has appeared in the Victoria’s Secret annual televised fashion show for seven consecutive years, and famously opened the fashion show in 2011. Supermodel Candice Swanepoel has also been featured in innumerable print and television intimate apparel (lingerie) fashion campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, including a highly covetable spot during the 2015 Super Bowl championship game.
Above: Beautiful South African Fashion Model Candice Swanepoel Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel recently modeled for the Givenchy fashion campaigns and for the first ever Givenchy Jeans line. Candice Swanepoel has also appeared in fashion advertisements for Tom Ford, Versace, Miu Miu, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, and Brian Atwood, as well as Nike, Diesel, Topshop, and Juicy Couture, among other major fashion brands. Select pret-a-porter runway appearances featuring famous fashion model Candice Swanepoel include Givenchy, Christian Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Elie Saab, Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs.
It is also very important to note that supermodel Candice Swanepoel ranked a lot lower this year in the highest paid models ranking (the highest paid fashion models in the world list) due to her now having the additional responsibility of raising her first baby (a son called Anacã, which is a Brazilian word for a type of bird) with fiancé Hermann Nicoli (who is also a fashion model). The model couple welcomed their first child Anacã in October 2016, and they have recently announced that they are now expecting a second child in 2018.
11. Lily Aldridge (United States) with model earnings for the year under $5.5 million dollars.
Los Angeles, California native supermodel Lily Aldridge comes from a large family of celebrated creative professionals. Lily Aldridge’s father is the noted English illustrator Alan Aldridge, and her mother is former Playboy Bunny and Playmate Laura Lyons. Lily Aldridge’s siblings include Miles Aldridge (the fashion photographer), and Saffron Aldridge and Ruby Aldridge, also fashion models. Most notably, the extremely beautiful American fashion model Lily Aldridge became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009, and appeared on the 50th anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2014, photographed by famous fashion photographer James Macari. In 2015, supermodel Lily Aldridge appeared in the music video for “Bad Blood” by famous singer and friend Taylor Swift. Lily Aldridge has also appeared in two Kings of Leon music videos: “Use Somebody” and “Temple”.
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Lily Aldridge Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
Off duty when she is not modeling for major fashion brands, American fashion model Lily Aldridge divides her time between New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. Supermodel Lily Aldridge also enjoys traveling internationally (Sydney Australia is probably her favorite destination), as well as attending film festivals, museums, galleries, and rock concerts with her husband, Kings of Leon lead vocalist, Caleb Followill. Lily Aldridge and her husband Caleb Followill met in 2007 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and married on May 12, 2011 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. Supermodel Lily Aldridge gave birth to her daughter Dixie Pearl Followill on June 21, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
American fashion model and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge is also a generous philanthropist actively involved with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and Baby Buggy, an organization dedicated to providing essential resources to families in need. Additionally, Lily Aldridge partnered with Vogue and famous French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier for the official Born Free Africa campaign, an initiative aimed at ending mother to child HIV transmission.
11. Taylor Hill (United States) with model earnings for the year under $5.5 million dollars.
Illinois native and 21 year old famous American fashion model Taylor Hill was discovered at age fourteen by a local scout while on a horse ranch in Colorado, where she grew up. Perhaps most significantly, Taylor Hill booked her first ever Victoria’s Secret fashion show at her very first casting for the famous lingerie brand, and became one of its famed Victoria’s Secret Angels in 2015.
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Taylor Hill Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Models. The Top Earning Models In The World.
Off duty when she is not modeling for major fashion brands, American fashion model Taylor Hill enjoys drawing, snowboarding, discovering new music, and reading. Taylor Hill is also an avid Crossfit trainer, and occasionally practices yoga. As the second of four children, fashion model Taylor Hill is incredibly close to her family, and spends her free time visiting orphanages in Mexico. Fashion model Taylor Hill hopes to someday be an agent of change and a voice for the defenseless.
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