8. Alessandra Ambrosio
Earnings: $5 million
Yet another Victoria Secret angel. The Brazilian-born, mother of two raked in a six-zero pay from her Victoria Secret gig, and deals with Dafiti and Schutz. Alessandra has since made various TV appearances, she plays Samia in the Brazilian telenovela “Verdades Secretas” (Secret Truths) and is currently filming for the 2016 sci fi movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell”. The 34-year-old owns her own swimwear line which she launched in 2004 and her own fashion/lifestyle brand launched in 2014.
7. Lara Stone
Earnings: $5 million
Lara had it tough last year as her earnings weren’t enough to earn her a spot on 2014’s highest-paid list, but this year, the Dutch-born upped her earnings with the inclusion of a Calvin Klein underwear/fashion campaign, and contract with L’Oreal cosmetics. She supplements her income with Tom Ford fragrance, and Stella McCartney campaigns including Barney and Kurt Gieger ads. The 31-year-old started out at age 15 after she impressed Elite Model Agency judges at a model competition she participated in at age 12.
6. Joan Smalls
Earnings: $5.5 million
Smalls graced the runway more times than any other model on the list and all that activity reflected on her paycheck raise from last year’s $3 million to $5.5 million. More activity means more ads and Smalls added more than ten this year- Marc Jacobs, Joe Fresh Calvin Klein, to name a few. Together with the new additions she maintained her lucrative deals with H&M and Estée Lauder. The Puerto Rican model involves herself in philanthropy donating to “Project Sunshine” an organization aimed at offering healthcare to children.
5. Miranda Kerr
Earnings: $5.5 million
Kerr got her millions modelling for underwear brand Wonderwear, and as face of Swarovski jewelry, Escada Joyful Fragrance and Clear Hair care products. Before switching over to modelling, Kerr studied nutrition and health psychology and she owns KORA organics, her line of organic skin care products. She made $2.5 million less than last year, however $5.5 m is no chicken feed. The ex Victoria Secret model is also the ex-wife of Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom and is reported to be in a relationship with SnapChat billionaire Evan Spiegel.
4. Natalia Vodianova
Earnings: $7 million
Natalia made $3 million more than last year as the face of two fragrances- Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum and Calvin Klein Euphoria, face of Theory and Stella McCartney including a contract with Guerlain cosmetics. The Russian model also makes sporadic movie appearances, she played the character of Medusa in the 2010 remake of Clash of The Titans.
3. Doutzen Kroes
Earnings: $7.5 million
Last year, Kroes came in at no. 2 with a payday of $8 million. The former Victoria Secret Angel hung her wings but continues to rake big bucks from her lucrative deal with L’Oreal cosmetics and as face of Tiffany & Co. In Netherlands, the Dutch model promotes and advertises for giant electronic company, Samsung. Kroes has been undergoing acting classes in New York for a while now and we might soon be seeing her face on the big screens.
2. Adriana Lima
Earnings: $9 million
Lima has been in business with Victoria Secret since 2000 making her, its longest-serving model. In addition to her lucrative deal with Victoria Secret, her contract deals with Marc Jacobs, Maybelline, Desigual H&M, Eyewear, Vogue and more contributes to making her $9 million, which is the highest paycheck she has ever received in her modelling career. Lima has over 13 million social media fans, making her one of the worlds most popular fashion models
1. Gisele Bundchen
Earnings: $44 million
Gisele’s $44 million paycheck clearly gives her counterparts’ the run for their money. Despite retiring from the runway, the veteran model banked from lucrative deals with, Carolina Herrera and Chanel, big fashion campaigns with Stuart Weitzman, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, and Under Armour adverts. She supplements her income with her own projects which includes the sales of her lingerie line Gisele Bundchen Intimates, and her share of the jelly sandal sales which she designs for Brazilian Grendene. Together with her husband, NFL star Tom Brady, the 34-year-old has two children.