Sex sells. Anybody who would claim that to be a misogynistic or inaccurate statement is living in denial, and such a person would need only speak to the women who make up the 11 highest paid models in the world for 2015 to learn this. These women rake in no less than $5 million a year, in part because they make jaws drop and knees weaken due to their looks. As Natalie Robehmed of Forbes perfectly put it when listing the highest paid models in the world today, the supermodels who are featured in this piece are cashing in after having hit “the genetic lottery.”
You can be sure that one Gisele Bundchen takes no personal offense in the fact that she is largely known because of her beauty. Bundchen, according to the Forbes piece, made over $40 million before taxes over a period of 12 months. That is not too shabby for a woman who is supposedly walking from the runway for good. While fellow supermodels Cara Delevingne and Adriana Lama are making journeys up lists of the highest paid models in the world, both have a long way to go before they are even close to catching up with Bundchen as it pertains to finances.
Social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram have changed the modeling industry, likely forever. The previously-mentioned Delevingne is just one example of a model who has wisely used this medium to expand her fame and her brand. She first appeared in the Forbes list of the highest paid models in the world last year, but she is already near the top of the 2015 edition in part because she has nearly 20 million Instagram followers as of the posting of this piece. Such a massive following makes Delevingne and others like her a dream advertising partner for companies.
11 T8. Karlie Kloss: $5 Million
10 T8. Candice Swanepoel: $5 Million
9 T8. Alessandra Ambrosio: $5 Million
8 T8. Lara Stone: $5 Million
7 T6. Joan Smalls: $5.5 Million
6 T6. Miranda Kerr: $5.5 Million
5 Natalia Vodianova: $7 Million
4 Doutzen Kroes: $7.5 Million
3 T2. Adriana Lima: $9 Million
2 T2. Cara Delevingne: $9 Million
1 Gisele Bundchen: $44 Million
Gisele Bundchen is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, arguably the greatest QB in National Football League history who has, to date, won the Super Bowl on four separate occasions. Brady will, according to Spotrac, make about $14 million from his NFL contract in 2015. His wife has made $30 million more than that over the past year. Along with being financially successful, Bundchen is also respected for her philanthropy. She has, over the years, supported the Zero Hunger program in Brazil, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and other charitable organizations.
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