You’re looking at some of the most valuable faces in fashion.
Whilst many of us see the golden age of supermodels as being back in the 1990s, the rise of the Instagram influencer hasn’t overshadowed them entirely. When it comes to the biggest labels within the fashion industry, there are still some models that represent them on the runway time and time again – and, as you can imagine, representing brands like Gucci and Moschino pays pretty well.
Add to that the fact that supermodels these days are known for far more than just their runway work – most commonly featuring in reality TV shows, releasing books, beauty lines and various other endeavours – and it’s easy to see how these women are pulling in millions of dollars a year.
So, who’s on the rich list? Here are the world’s highest paid models, according to net worth.
Net Worth: $13 million
Having made her name on runways around the world since 2007, Jourdan Dunn has modelled in shows for some of the world’s most prominent designers, including putting in regular appearances for Prada and Jean-Paul Gautier. She secured a huge deal with make-up giant Maybelline back in 2014, being appointed as the face of the brand.
These days, Jourdan is better described as a designer in her own right, having worked on her LONDUNN fashion lines with several high-profile retailers.
Net Worth: $25 million
Given just how prominent the younger of the Hadid sisters is, you may have imagined that Bella would appear a little higher on the list. After all, she is a former Model Of The Year title-holder – an accolade awarded by some of the industry’s most respected professionals.
However, Bella still has a very healthy net worth, with estimates placing her total worth as being around $25million. When she appeared on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid models back in 2018, it was reported that Bella had earned $8.5million in just twelve months – these days, that number may be much higher.
Net Worth: $28 million
Having been signed just after leaving school in 2009, Cara Delevingne has been in the business for a long time now – and it’s easy to see why. She was in particularly high demand between 2012 and 2016, walking runways for everyone from Versace, to Louis Vuitton, to Dolce & Gabbana.
These days, Delevingne focuses a little more on her acting career, having starred in several films and in the Amazon Prime series Carnival Row. The most recent estimate by Forbes reports that Cara’s various projects allow her to pull in around $10million per year.
Net Worth: $29 million
The eldest of the Hadid sisters, Gigi Hadid makes an estimated $9.5million each year.
As one of the world’s current most famous supermodels, Gigi has graced the covers of internationally recognised magazines across the globe, including editorials for Vanity Fair, Vogue and Paper Magazine, just to name a few. She’s also a runway favourite for brand such as Chanel and Tommy Hilfiger.
Net Worth: $30 million
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley made her name after securing one of the most sought-after roles within the modelling world when she became a prominent Victoria’s Secret ‘Angel’.
A string of high-profile modelling spots followed, with Rosie walking for brands such as Givenchy, Valentino and Prada, among others. Other projects and collaborations include Rosie’s appointment as the face of Australian cosmetics giant ModelCo and a fashion range released with premium brand PAIGE. Together, all these projects allow Rosie to make around $11.5million every year.
Net Worth: $40 million
Another former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Karlie’s modelling career began when she was just 14 and shot for Scene Magazine – less than three years later, she was featured on Vogue’s Top 30 Models of the 2000s list. It was a fast rise to prominence, and one which has since allowed Karlie to take on a number of varied projects.
Perhaps the most high-profile of Karlie’s roles is as the host of reality TV series Project Runway, which she has presented since 2019. With this, her modelling and her investment in the fashion magazine W, it’s no surprise that Karlie makes an estimated $13million each year.
Net Worth: $45 million
It’s no surprise that Kendall Jenner appears within the top five. Having first been introduced to the masses at the age of 11 when Keeping Up With The Kardashians began airing, Kendall began her modelling career just three years later.
She’s since become one of the undisputable It-girls of the 2010s, having modelled in Fashion Week shows across the world, posed for high-profile covers in several different countries and taken on a variety of business ventures, most recently launching 818 Tequila. It’s estimated that Kendall made around $22.5million in 2018, making her the highest annual earner on the list – and it’s a salary that’s surely set to rise over the next few years.
Net Worth: $65 million
Australian model Miranda Kerr first began her modelling career in 1997, after entering a competition to model for Dolly Magazine. Humble beginnings, maybe – but they’ve allowed her to grow her net worth to almost $70million in the years since.
Now 38, a mother of three children and married to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, Miranda is still a prominent figure within the modelling world, regularly appearing on covers and editorials to this day.
Net Worth: $75 million
Having made her professional modelling debut in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue just over a decade ago, Chrissy Teigen is now a household name – and not just for her work as a model.
In recent years, Teigan has gained more prominence for her projects away from the runway, with a successful career as a TV and internet personality, most famously co-hosting the series Lip Sync Battle. She’s also a popular celebrity chef, having released two best-selling cookbooks and her own premium cookware range. All this considered, it’s thought that Chrissy Teigen makes around $12million per year.
Net Worth: $400 million
Yes, you read correctly – $400,000,000.
Having topped Forbes’ annual highest-paid models list for several consecutive years before eventually being dethroned by Kendall Jenner, it’s thought that Gisele now makes around $40million annually. However, her vast net worth is understandable – a result of signing Victoria’s Secret’s biggest ever contract, modelling for the lingerie brand between 2000 and 2007, as well as being the creator of the Ipanema Gisele Bundchen summer footwear line. In 2010 alone, it’s estimated that Gisele made £152 million from the line, having sold over 250 million pairs.