Top 10 Highest Paid Models of 2015
Modelling is a tough industry that keeps the people involved on their toes. But it can be highly rewarding too. If one is able to grab enough exposure and a few great deals, the industry will make you super rich. There are even rags to riches stories in this industry. Now take a look at the 10 highest paid models of 2015…
10. Candice Swanepoel
South African Candice Swanepoel has a Max Factor make up deal and Versace fragrance contract to thank for a portion of her $5 million paycheck, which amounts to nearly double 2014’s $3 million haul. The rest of her earnings come from a money-making Victoria’s Secret gig, plus adverts for Free People and Givenchy, among other. Swanepoel, 26, was first discovered in a flea market. Today, she has 6 million Instagram followers and 1 million Twitter followers.
9. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio has her Victoria’s Secret income to thank for the majority of her millions, which she adds to with Schutz and Dafiti contracts. At $5 million, her earnings are even with last year’s haul. The 34-year-old Brazilian mother of two has her own swimwear line and a joint clothing line with Planet Blue. She recently made her acting debut in steamy Brazilian soap opera Verdades Secretas (Secrets And Lies). She has 4.4 million Instagram followers, 1.6 million Twitter followers and 2.8 million Facebook fans.
8. Lara Stone
Lara Stone has a packed year to thank for her return to the Highest-Paid Models list after an absence in 2014. She added to a L’Oréal cosmetics contract with a Calvin Klein underwear and fashion campaign, plus Stella McCartney and Tom Ford fragrances. The 31-year-old also makes money from Barneys and Kurt Geiger adverts. The second Dutch supermodel among the highest-paid, she was discovered in the Paris Metro at age 12 and competed in the Elite Model Look competition when she was just 15.
7. Joan Smalls
Joan Small’s busy 12 months accounts for her increase in earnings from $3 million in 2014 to $5.5 million this year. She retained lucrative Estée Lauder and H&M deals while adding nearly a dozen new brands to her roster including ads with Joe Fresh, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs. She also continues to walk more catwalks than most other models on the highest-paid list. The Puerto Rican 27-year-old is the first Latina ambassador for Estée Lauder. She has 1.1 million Instagram followers.
6. Miranda Kerr
As the face of Wonderbra, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel is still finding lingerie lucrative. Banking $5.5 million, Kerr made slightly less than 2014’s $7 million but plumped her paycheck as the face of Escada Joyful Fragrance, Swarovski jewelry and Clear Hair care products. With 7 million Instagram followers, 4 million Twitter followers and 7.4 million Facebook fans, she is one of the most prominent models on social media. The 32-year-old also has a cosmetics line, Kora Organics, which she launched in 2009; fans can also drink from a Kerr-endorsed teacup she released for Royal Albert. She is recently divorced from actor Orlando Bloom and has one child.
5. Natalia Vodianova
Natalia Vodianova spritzes for two fragrances: Calvin Klein Euphoria, which she first sprayed on in 2006, and Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum. Her earnings jumped to $7 million from $4 million last year. She also clocks in a Guerlain cosmetics contract and designs a line for European lingerie makers Etam. The 33-year-old Russian is the face of Stella McCartney and Theory.
4. Doutzen Kroes
Dutch powerhouse Doutzen Kroes may no longer be modeling for Victoria’s Secret–scheduling conflicts reportedly prevent her from fulfilling the lingerie line’s demanding time commitments–but she still makes a pretty penny from a lucrative L’Oréal cosmetics contract. The face of Tiffany & Co., she also shills for Samsung in her native Netherlands and stars in a steamy Calvin Klein fragrance ad. The 30-year-old has her own line of cashmere sweaters which she regularly promotes to her 3.4 million Instagram followers and 1.7 million Facebook fans.
3. Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima is Victoria Secret’s longest-running Angel in the brand’s history, first posing for them in 2000. The 34-year-old’s supermodel seniority comes with a supersized deal, which she supplements this year with Marc Jacobs, H&M and Desigual contracts. Banking $9 million thanks to recent deals with Maybelline and Vogue Eyewear, Lima clocks her largest paycheck ever this year. With 5.4 million Instagram followers, 2.1 Twitter followers and 6 million Facebook followers, she is one of the most visible supermodels. The Brazilian also swept the small screen in this year’s SuperBowl, starring in a Kia ad.
2. Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne only joined the Highest-Paid Models ranking in 2014 but she has already skyrocketed to the top thanks to a busy year of modeling, acting–and instagramming. Her earnings leaped to $9 million from $3.5 million last year. Taylor Swift’s BFF appeared in campaigns for 13 different brands, shooting major adverts with DKNY, Burberry and Topshop and retaining a money-making beauty deal with YSL. After a brief part in 2012′s Anna Karenina, 2015’s Paper Towns was the first in a spate of forthcoming films from Delevingne, who is pivoting from the page to the multiplex.