There are models that specialize in swimsuits, while others are used for high fashion. The real good ones transcend all these and can shift seamlessly between haute couture, ready-to-wear, swimsuits, print and television commercials and runway modeling. Below is a list of the highest paid runway models in the world.
10. Candice Swanepoel – $3.1 million
Candice Swanepoel may be known as one of the faces of Victoria’s Secret given the fact that she has constantly appeared on the cover of the lingerie company’s swimwear catalogue. The South African, however, is also a highly sought after runway model, having appeared for designers like Betsey Johnson, Blumarine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana, Donna Karan, Elie Saab, Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Viktor and Rolf and many others.
9. Carolyn Murphy – $3.5 million
Carolyn Murphy began her career as a model when she was only 16 years old. She has walked the runway for designers like Dolce and Gabbana and Calvin Klein. She has also worked for Prada, Estee Lauder, Missoni, Versace and Tiffany & Co. She was featured in the cover of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine in 2005. She has also hosted the reality competition show called “Project Runway All Stars.”
8. Lara Stone – $3.8 million
Lara Stone is a Dutch model who took part in the Elite Model Look competition when she was only 15 years old. She has been in the runway for Givenchy in Paris, Calvin Klein, Giles Deacon, Isabel Marant, Christopher Kane, Fendi, Max Mara, Chanel, Diesel, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Balmain and Prada. She has also appeared for Belstaff, Just Cavalli, H&M, Hugo Boss Orange and Jill Sander. She was also in ad campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Jaeger. She made history by being the first model to become the face of three CK products, namely Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein Jeans in 2010.
7. Miranda Kerr – $4 million
Miranda Kerr began her modeling career when she was just 13 years old. She has appeared in the runway for famous design companies like Alex Perry, Anna Molinari, Baby Phat, Betsey Johnson, Bettina Liano, Blumarine, Heatherette, Jets, John Richmond, L.A.M.B., Levi’s, Lisa Ho, Neiman Marcus, Nicola Finetti, Ober Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Rock and Republic, Seafolly, Trelise Cooper, Voodoo Dolls, etc. Kerr is also the first Australian model to become an Angel for Victoria’s Secret.
6. Alessandra Ambrosio – $6.6 million
Alessandra Ambrosio is a Brazilian model known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She was also the first spokesmodel for the lingerie company’s PINK line. She began her modeling career when she was only 15 years old. She has appeared in commercials for brands like Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren and Revlon. She has also appeared on the runway for notable designers like Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Prada. She has been on the cover of fashion magazines like Glamour, Cosmopitan, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Vogue.
5. Doutzen Kroes – $6.9 million
Doutzen Kroes is a Dutch model who began her career as a model for Victoria’s Secret in 2004 before becoming an Angel in 2008. Her first runway show in New York was with Fendi in 2004. She has since appeared for Blumarine, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Prada,Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino and Versace. She has also appeared on the covers of Time, Vogue, Seventeen, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar.
4. Adriana Lima – $7.3 million
Adriana Lima rose to prominence when she was only 15 years old after winning Ford’s Supermodel of Brazil competition. She has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000 and the Maybelline spokesmodel from 2003 to 2009. She has appeared several times on the covers of the international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire. She has also appeared on the runway several times, with her first catwalk stint in New York coming in 1997 as a model for Anna Sui. She has since appeared for designers like Giorgio Armani, Valentino and Vera Wang. She has also worked for Givency and Blumarine, becoming the face of the swimsuit company in 2011.
3. Natalia Vodianova – $8.6 million
Natalia Vodianova started her modeling career when she was only 17 years old. The Russian model has appeared in more than 175 runway shows in both the United States and Europe for both ready to wear and haute couture collections. Her first runway walk in New York was with Yves Saint Laurent in 2003. She has also appeared for Calvin Klein, Chanel, David Yurman, Diane von Furstenberg, Etam, Givenchy, Guerlain, L’ Oreal, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Versace, etc. Vodianova has been living in Paris since 2012.
2. Kate Moss – $9.2 million
Kate Moss is known for her waif figure and size zero fashion. She was part of the heroin chic movement of the early 90s. She started her modeling career when she was only 14 years old after being discovered at the airport. She was considered the anti-supermodel because the famous models at that time were all curvaceous, including Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell. Her first runway stint in New York was with Calvin Klein in 1993. She has also appeared for Bulgari, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and Rimmel. She has also featured for Burberry, Agent Provacateur and Topshop.
1. Gisele Bundchen – $45 million
Gisele Bundchen was discovered as a model when she was only 14 years old in a shopping mall in Sao Paolo in her native Brazil. Her first big break was when she appeared on the runway in New York for Alexander McQueen in 1998. McQueen described her as the body, which increased the demand for her services. After signing a record-breaking contract with Victoria’s Secret, Bundchen was featured on the runway modeling for Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana. She also closed for Givenchy in 2012 during the company’s spring-summer fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.
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