Victoria's Secret model Ana Beatriz Barros walked the runway during the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York November 19, 2009. Original photo by Jason DeCrow, edited by Laurent Jean Philippe, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
The list of top paid, highest earning models for 2016 has been released by Forbes. Some new supermodels advanced to the top list this year. Ranking as number one, top paid model in the world since 2002, Gisele Bundchen has been dominated all the major fashion runways, fashion magazines. She has stirred up controversy on wearing real fur in one of her campaigns, also been criticized for her strong comment on making breast feeding into laws. Despite all the controversies surrounding her, she was still the second most celebrated Brazilian, only after Pele, the greatest soccer player of all time in Brazil, if not in the world. The list goes on with the gorgeous, seductive 35-year-old Adriana Lima, supermodel Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Candice Susan Swanepoel and the innocent look of the girl next door Miranda May Kerr, and many more.
Check out the gallery to see the full list of this year highest earning.
Earning: USD 30.5 million
The Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is a sixth-generation Brazilian of German descent. Bundchen was featured in the 2015 Guinness World Record book as the model who earns the most money and still at the top of the list this year. Bundchen pioneered the "horse walk" on the runways in which a model picks up her knees high and kicks her feet out in front. With her perfect and most desirable body, model Bundchen was dubbed the "Boobs from Brazil" for inspiring the 36,000 breast enhancement surgeries performed that year in Brazil. In 2002, activists from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) called out Gisele Bundchen as their number one enemy for her wearing the mink coats campaigning for the American fur company Blackglama. Despite all those controversies around her career, according to Forbes Brasil in 2015, Gisele Bundchen is still the second most celebrated Brazilian, only after Pele.
Earning: USD 10.5 million
The Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is best known as the longest-running model for Victoria Secret Angel since 2000. In Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2008, Lima wore the “Fantasy Bras” encrusted with 3,575 black diamonds, 117 certified 1 carat white round diamonds, 34 rubies, and two black diamond drops totaling 100 carats. The bras were valued at over US$ 5 million. In September 2016, photos of the 35-year-old Adriana Lima and the 41-year-old television host and producer Ryan Seacrest surfaced everywhere, suggested that they were dating. Whether this will be a serious relationship for Lima or not, we know for a fact that whoever is dating her would have to respect her choice of sex after marriage.
Earning: USD 10 million
The American supermodel Karlie Kloss inherited her distinctive strong jaw-bone look from her family who has Danish and German roots. Kloss has a very intellectual hobby, coding. In April 2015, she partnered with Flatiron School and Code.org to offer a scholarship named “Kode with Karlie” for young girls interested in computer science and software engineering.
Earning: USD 10 million (her earning income got a big jump this year, from USD 4 million in 2015. That is 150% increase. Nice!)
The American reality star turned model Kendall Jenner and her sister Kylie Jenner also have their own clothing line, nail polish line. Time magazine named the Jenner sisters as two of the 30 Most Influential Teens in both 2014 and 2015. With her rising career and influential power to a younger generation, Kendall Jenner becomes the newest superstar and most followed individual in social media.
Earning: USD 9 million
The British supermodel / actress Rosie Huntington Whiteley started working for Victoria’s Secret in 2006 but not until February 2010, Huntington-Whiteley officially became a Victoria's Secret Angel. Rosie Huntington Whiteley also tried out acting career. Her first major acting role was the new female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released 29 June 2011, replacing Megan Fox.
Victoria's Secret supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley celebrate 'Body by Victoria Collection' at Victoria's Secret in Soho New York City, US USA - 01.03.10 Photo by John and Rosie Huntington Whiteley at the premiere for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, photo by Frank Eng, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Earning: USD 9 million
The American supermodel Gigi Hadid inherited her natural blonde hair, unique blue-ish green eyes and full lips from her mother who is a Dutch-born American, and from her father who is Palestinian-American descending from Daher Al Omer, Prince of Nazareth and the Sheikh of Galilee. Gigi Hadid’s modeling career started really early when she was only 2 years old and featured in Baby Guess clothing lines. In December 2015, she made her first appearance in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Even though Gigi Hadid is still very young (21 years old in 2016) but she already expands her fashion career to design her own clothing and shoe lines with her boot collection called “Gigi Boot”.
USD 8.5 million
The British supermodel Cara Delevingne descends from a noble family in England, the Anglo-Jewish Faudel-Phillips baronets. Delevingne suffers from psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. She is the face of Burberry's Beauty campaign and has been featured in advertising campaigns for other brands including H&M, Zara and Chanel. Cara Delevingne has also played the role of Princess Sorokina in the 2012 film adaptation of “Anna Karenina”, the marriage interest of Count Vronsky, alongside Keira Knightley; the mermaid in the 2015 fantasy movie “Pan” and the role of Enchantress, a villainess with magical abilities, in box-office major film “Suicide Squad”.
Earning: USD 7 million
The South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel was born and raised in Mooi River, South Africa, in an Afrikaner family of Dutch descent. Though she has been walking the runways for top designers like Vogue, Elle, Allure… her best-known job is still with Victoria’s Secret modeling. In 2010, Candice Swanepoel officially became one of the Victoria’s Secret angels. She dated the same guy, Brazilian model Hermann Nicoli, since Candice Swanepoel was only 17 years old. They got engaged in August 2015. On October 5th, 2016, Candice Swanepoel and her fiance welcomed their first son together.
Earning: USD 6 million
The Australian supermodel Miranda May Kerr has been captivating the world with her demure but seductive beauty, like the girl next-door, with beautiful personality. In 2007 she became the first Australian Victoria’s Secret angel. Kerr married actor Orlando Bloom in the same year but in 2013 they announced their separation. They have a son together. Miranda Kerr is a strong supporter of keeping the earth green. Her fiancé, billionaire Snapchat co-founder/CEO Evan Spiegel gifted her a “Skywater 300”, a machine which draws moisture from the humidity in the air and produces enough water for the entire house.
Earning: USD 5.5 million
The Russian supermodel Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova (nickname Supernova), a mother of 5, has walked in more than 400 runway shows for American and European based designers. The supermodel was the ambassador for Sochi Winter Paralympics as well as Olympics 2014 and had the honor to carry the torch for the Paralympics in London 2012. She becomes one of the most influential celebrities in Russia. She has more than one millions Russian followers. Natalia sees social media as an instrument of triggering social and corporate responsibility to make the world a better place. She is a founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization that strives to provide a safe environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia and to help support families raising children with disabilities.
Earning: US$ 5 million
The Dutch Frisian supermodel Doutzen Kroes was born on 23 January 1985 in the village of Eastermar in the province of Friesland, Netherlands, to a Frisian family. Frisian is a Germanic ethnic group native to the coastal parts of the Netherlands and Germany. They have their own language, Frisian. Kroes is in the official Frisian provincial campaign for the Frisian language, her mother tongue. In 2013 she officially became one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. But after 6 years working for Victoria’s Secret, the Dutch stunning model Kroes decided to leave her angel wings behind and strut her cat walk somewhere else for a better deal.
Earning: USD 5 million
The Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio descended from Italian and Polish ancestry. In 2014 Victoria’s Secret show, Ambrosio and her fellow angel Adriana Lima wore the Dream Fantasy Bra which were encrusted with jewelry, each bra costs USD 2.5 million dollars. To her father, she is an angel in his life to help him getting the courage to fight multiple sclerosis for over 20 years.
Earning: USD 4.5 million
The Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls Rodríguez inherited her distinctive exotic beauty from her parent’s mixed-race heritages. Her dad is a West Indian from Saint Thomas and is of African ancestry. Her mother is Puerto Rican and of Spanish, Taino Indian, and Indian (South Asian) heritage. Her best known modeling works are with Givenchy, Victoria’s Secret and Estée Lauder.
Earning: US$ 4 million
The American supermodel Taylor Hill earned her angel wings from Victoria’s Secret in 2015 and became Victoria’s Secret’s youngest angel. She is also the new face of Lancome cosmetics in 2016. Supermodel Taylor Hill’s first passion was gymnastics. She credited the sport with providing “a good work ethic that translates to my workouts now.”
Earning: USD 4 million
The American supermodel Jasmine Tookes is of mixed ancestry of African, Brazilian, and West Indian. Her first commercial ad campaigns were in 2010 for UGG boots and Gap. In 2015, she became a Victoria's Secret Angel. The talk show queen and business mogul Oprah Winfrey met supermodel Took when she performed on the catwalk in October 2011 at the "Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening With Ralph Lauren" and complimented on her perfect skin tone.
Earning: USD 4 million
The American supermodel Lily Aldridge Aldridge started modelling at the age of 16, for Abercrombie & Fitch and officially became one of the Vicotoria’s Secret angels in 2010. On November 2nd, 2015 Victoria's Secret announced that Aldridge would be wearing the Fireworks Fantasy Bras which were estimated at USD 2 million.