In the world of luxury fashion, supermodels start strutting their stuff on the catwalk as young as 15 or 16. So usually, by the time they get to their twenties, they are seasoned vets already. And when they eventually get into their 30’s, sometimes they are even considered old and some need to move on to other professions. It’s definitely an industry unto itself, unlike any other sector in the world. There’s a lot of money to be made by models, but with that said, there is only a short time frame in which most can make tons of cash. In the following article, we profile 10 young super models who still have several years to go in their career and are making tons of cash right now. Read on below:
10 Kendall Jenner
When we are talking about young models really hauling in the cash right now, you definitely have to start with the hot young star of the Kardashian clan, Kendall Jenner. In a short span of about a year and a half, she has become one of the go-to models on the scene. She has appeared in fashion shows for all the top brands in Paris and Milan, and has been on the cover of so many top-tier magazines including: Harper’s Bazaar, Love, Allure, Interview and more. She recently dropped $2.7 million on her first home in Calabasas, CA, and that’s a sure sign that she’s raking in the dough.
9 9. Cara Delevingne
Cara is just 22-yrs-old and in the last two years or so, she has become one of the most recognizable “bad girl” supermodels in the world. She’s been known to party hard with celeb friends like Rihanna and Michelle Rodriguez, and she is extremely active on social media too. She has walked the runway and done shows for Chanel and appeared in campaigns for Burberry, DKNY, Mulberry and La Perla. She’s also expanding into movies; she has a handful of movies (London Fields, Paper Towns, Pan) coming out this year and she was also cast in the highly anticipated superhero flick Suicide Squad set to debut next year. Forbes lists her earnings last year to be $3.5 million.
8 Kate Upton
She’s just 22-yrs-old but the attractive and voluptuous Kate Upton is earning tons of cash at a really fast rate. She is doing her thing in the movies now with roles in films like The Other Woman, and she has also scored some very sweet endorsement deals with video games (Game of War), fashion brand Express and she’s also the face for Bobbi Brown cosmetics. For 2014, Forbes listed her earnings to be $7 million. Now that’s very impressive indeed.
7 Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss is another American model barely into her 20’s who is making an amazing amount of money in the glamorous fashion industry. She has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel for the last two years, and has also appeared in campaigns and walked runway shows for luxury brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Hermes, Alexander McQueen and more. For 2014, Forbes recorded her as earning $4 million for showing off her gorgeous physique. She is certainly living the life.
6 6. Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn is a young British model who is quickly ascending the ranks to supermodel status. She is only 24, and she is actually best friends with another British model on this list, Cara Delevingne. Dunn has appeared in music videos with Beyoncé, walked runways for top brands like Prada and appeared in campaigns for names like Balmain, Burberry, DKNY and GAP. According to Forbes, she earned $4 million dollars in 2014, and that number is sure to scale even higher this year.
5 Candice Swanepoel
There’s something about South African women that’s different from women everywhere in the world. When they are beautiful, it just doesn’t stop there, they take it all the way to absolutely “drop-dead” gorgeous. A prime example of that is the actress Charlize Theron and another one is the stunning 25-yr-old Candice Swanepoel. Candice is one of the top Victoria’s Secret Angels and she also has contracts with Versace Fragrance and the cosmetics juggernaut, Max Factor. In 2014, she earned $3 million according to Forbes magazine.
4 Joan Smalls
In the world of modeling, when you hit the age of 30, you are already considered to be getting “old” because there are so many young starlets always arriving on the scene. At the age of 25, Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls is still doing her thing. She is often referred to as the catwalk queen for her amazing walk on the fashion runway, and in 2011, she became the first Latina model to be the official face of Estee Lauder cosmetics. Joan Smalls is “muy caliente” and Forbes listed her as earning $3 million last year.
3 Erin Heatherton
Erin Heatherton is yet another Victoria's Secret model who made it to this list. We can all fairly assume that Victoria’s Secret doesn’t skimp when it’s time to pay their models. Erin is 26-yrs-old and apart from her work with the ubiquitous lingerie brand, she has also appeared in ads for Lacoste, Armani, Karl Lagerfeld and more. She is even branching into acting and has won roles in shows like The League and movies like Grown Ups 2. In 2014, she earned $3 million.
2 2. Lindsey Wixson
Often times, in the world of high fashion modeling, it’s best to have a different look and unique features that set you completely apart from the pack. That’s exactly the look that the 20-yr-old Wichita, Kansas native Wixson has, and she is riding it all the way to the top. She has gapped front teeth and permanent “bee-stung” lips and has appeared in campaigns for brands like Versace, Alexander McQueen and Chanel. For 2014, Forbes reported her earning a very decent amount of $3 million for flaunting her one-of-a-kind features.
1 Chanel Iman
Chanel Iman is only 24-yrs-old but she has been modelling for more than 10 years already. Some of her biggest clients include Victoria’s Secret and GAP, and she has walked the runways for uber-luxury brands like Balenciaga, Versace and Stella McCartney. For the last two years or so, she was involved in a relationship with Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, but it seems that ended in the latter part of 2014. We think she’ll be fine; the svelte stunner has a net worth of $8 million and she hasn’t even turned 25 yet.