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Top 10 World’s Highest-Paid Models of 2016 – 2017

World’s Highest Paid Models of 2015 – 2016

10. Candice Swanepoel

Estimated earnings: $5 million
Candice Susan Swanepoel is a South African model. She was spotted by a model scout at 15. She has appeared in numerous covers of Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Lush etc. Swanepoel has appeared in advertisements for Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior among other. Today she is best known for modelling for a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2010.

9. Alessandra Ambrosio

Estimated earnings: $5 million
Alessandra Corine Ambrósio is a Brazilian model and actress. Ambrpsio had started taking modelling class at the age of 12. When she was 14, Ambrosio gained recognition after 1996 Elite Model Look national competition. Ambrosio is currently one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and was the company’s first spokesmodel for the “PINK” line. In the past, Ambrosio is also known to have modelled for Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Next, Christian Dior etc.

8. Lara Stone

Estimated earnings: $5 million
Lara Catherina Stone is a fashion model from Netherland. In 1999, she took part in the Elite Model Look at the age of 15 and managed to impress Elite executives who signed her to the Elite Modelling Agency. In 2006, there came a breakthrough when Stone signed with IMG Models worldwide.

7. Joan Smalls

Estimated earnings: $5.5 million
Joan Smalls Rodríguez is a fashion model from Puerto Rico, United States. After graduating from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Small moved to New York with the single goal at sight – to become a model. In 2007 She was signed by Elite Model Management then moved on to IMG Models worldwide before joining as a Givenchy. Smalls has modelled for designers and fashion houses like Fendi, Dior, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Louis Vuitton

6. Miranda Kerr

Estimated earnings: $5.5 million
Miranda May Kerr is an Australian model and was the first Australian to participate in the Victoria’s Secret campaign in 2007. Kerr began modelling when she was 13. In 1997 she got her big break when Kerr won the nationwide model search by Dolly magazine and Impulse fragrances. Her winning stirred controversies about the effect of modelling and fashion on young girls who were the age of Miranda Kerr.

5. Natalia Vodianova

Estimated earnings: $7 million
Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova nicknamed Supernova, is a Russian model, actress and philanthropist. Vodianova came from a very poor background and worked as a food-seller to earn money. She signed into a modelling agency at the age of 15. By 17 she had moved to Paris, and signed with Viva Models.

4. Doutzen Kroes

Estimated earnings: $7.5 million
At number 4 of the 10 highest paid models of 2015 is Doutzen Kroes – a Dutch model and actress. When she was young Kroes aspired to be a professional speed skater. When a little older, she went to work for Paparazzi Model Management in the Netherlands who sent her to New York City. From then on she has never looked back. Kroes currently works with L’Oréal and has featured on the covers of Time, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Dazed & Confused, Avantgarde, and Numéro.

3. Adriana Lima
Estimated earnings: $9 million
Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model. Since 2000, Lima has been a spokes model for Maybelline cosmetics and of Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials from 2003 to 2009. She is best known as Victoria’s Secret Angel. Lima began thinking about modelling when she won a beauty pageant in elementary school. Then at the age of 15, she participated in the Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition.

2. Cara Delevingne
Estimated earnings: $9 million
At number 2 of the 10 highest paid models of 2015 is Cara Jocelyn Delevingne. Delevingne is a fashion supermodel, actress and singer. She made her modelling debut at age ten then in 2009, after leaving school, Delevingne signed with Storm Model Management. Delevingne won the “Model of the Year” twice in 2012 and 2014 at the British Fashion Awards. Cara has appeared in shows for houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Mulberry and Jason Wu. She has acted in films like Anna Karenina (2012), Paper Towns (2015) and Suicide Squad (2016).

1. Gisele Bündchen
Estimated earnings: $44 million
Gisele Caroline Bündchen is a model, actress, and producer from Brazil. Bündchen began her rise as a model in the 90s. By 1999, she is credited with ending the “heroin chic” era of modelling. Sometimes called the only remaining true supermodel today, Bündchen pioneered the “horse walk” and was part of Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 to mid-2007. As an actor she has played a supporting role in Taxi (2004) another supporting role in The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

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