Highest paid models in the world and the insane amounts of money they earn

18 September 2015 / 1 year 1 month ago

Gisele Bundchen has topped Forbes' list of highest-earning models.

The 35-year-old model - who announced her retirement from the runway earlier this year - made an astonishing $44 million between June 2014 and June 2015, meaning she took the top spot for the 14th year in a row, thanks to lucrative advertising campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera and Emilio Pucci, as well as profits from her Gisele Bunchen Intimates lingerie collection and the jelly sandals she designs for Brazilian shoemaker Grenden.

Her earnings are particularly astonishing as the second-placed models, Cara Delevingne and Adriana Lima, made a relatively-small $9 million.

Doutzen Kroes took fourth place with $7.5 million, just ahead of Natalia Vodianova, who rounded out the top five with $7 million.

Miranda Kerr and Joan Smalls tied for sixth spot with $5.5 million, while Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel all made eighth place by bringing in $5 million.

Elsewhere, Kendall Jenner - who took 16th spot with $4 million - and Lithuanian model Edita Vilkeviciute, who placed 17th, were the only newcomers to the rankings, while Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt and Behati Prinsloo were among those who just fell short of the $3.5 million needed to make this year's list.

Forbes list of World's Highest-Paid Models 2015:

Gisele Bundchen, $44 million

Cara Delevingne, $9 million

Adriana Lima, $9 million

Doutzen Kroes, $7.5 million

Natalia Vodianova, $7 million

Miranda Kerr, $5.5 million

Joan Smalls, $5.5 million

Karlie Kloss, $5 million

Lara Stone, $5 million

Alessandra Ambrosio, $5 million

Candice Swanepoel, $5 million

Carolyn Murphy $4.5 million 

Kate Moss $4.5 million 

Liu Wen $4.5 million

Daria Werbowy $4.5 million 

Kendall Jenner $4 million 

Hilary Rhoda $3.5 million 

Jourdan Dunn $3.5 million 

Kate Upton $3.5 million 

Anja Rubik $3.5 million 

Edita Vilkeviciute $3.5 million 

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