Year after year since 2002, Gisele Bundchen has made more money than any other model in the world. At 34, she is still sitting pretty at the top of the world’s highest-paid models list, pulling in an estimated $47 million before taxes and fees in the last 12 months, according to this article from Forbes.
The Brazilian bombshell out-earned second place beauties Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima by $39 million – Bundchen also made about $16 million more than quarterback husband Tom Brady’s $31.3 million annual paycheck. Along with lucrative contracts for H&M , Chanel , and Carolina Herrera, the catwalk icon gets a cut of sales from jelly sandals she designs for shoemaker Grendene. The face of Pantene hair products and Oral-B in Brazil, Bundchen’s line of Hope lingerie – Gisele Bundchen Intimates — also plumps up her paycheck, which has increased $5 million from 2013.
The 21 beauties on this year’s highest-paid models list made a combined $142 million in the last 12 months, proving that flawless genes and stellar business acumen are a killer combination.
Gisele Bündchen – $47 million
Supermodel Linda Evangelista famously wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000; this year it could be said Gisele did not leave the house for less than $128,000 a day. The Brazilian icon pocketed $47 million in the last 12 months before taxes and fees, making her the world’s highest-paid model for the eighth year in a row. Along with lucrative contracts for H&M, Chanel, and Carolina Herrera, Gisele gets a cut of sales from the jelly sandals she designs for Brazilian shoemaker Grendene. The face of Pantene hair products and Oral-B in Brazil, Bundchen’s line of Hope lingerie — Gisele Bundchen Intimates — also plumps up her paycheck. A Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme, 34-year-old Bundchen sits on the board of the Rainforest Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to conserving biodiversity and sustainability.
Doutzen Kroes – $8 million
Dutch powerhouse Doutzen Kroes continues to go from strength to strength, bolstering her lucrative L’Oreal cosmetics contract and longstanding Victoria’s Secret deal with H&M catalog work, Emilio Pucci and Miu Miu appearances. The face of a steamy new Calvin Klein fragrance ad, the 29-year-old also has her own line of cashmere sweaters. Kroes gave birth to her second child in July 2014.
Adriana Lima – $8 million
Another millionaire minted by Victoria’s Secret, Adriana Lima is the longest-running Angel in the brand’s history, first posing for them in 2000. The 33-year-old’s supermodel seniority comes with a supersized deal, which she supplements this year with a new contract as Desigual’s brand ambassador. The Brazilian beauty also returns as the face of Maybelline, 11 years after she initially signed with the youthful cosmetics company. Overseas, a deal with Veet hair removal cream in Turkey and an endorsement of AMAZONIA water expands her audience. She reportedly split from husband NBA star Marko Jaric in May.
Kate Moss – $7 million
The indomitable Brit returned this year as the face of luxury jeweler David Yurman. A longtime Rimmel ambassador, she continues to produce collaborative fashion lines with British retailer Topshop. Moss’ $7 million annual income includes campaigns for St. Tropez self-tan and Kerastase haircare products.
Kate Upton – $7 million
It’s been a very good year for Kate Upton. A newcomer to the highest-earning models list, Upton cashed in on her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers with a lucrative Bobbi Brown cosmetics contract and Express clothing line signing. Upton was signed after a video of her performing a popular dance known as the “Dougie” at a sports game went viral; she has since landed campaigns for Sam Edelman, David Yurman and Accessorize. Upton, whose curvaceous figure may once have made her an unusual choice for high fashion shoots, has proved her detractors wrong — the 22-year-old took home an estimated $7 million paycheck before taxes and fees. Her 2014 silver screen debut, The Other Woman, grossed $194 million worldwide.
Miranda Kerr – $7 million
Miranda Kerr may no longer be a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she has a new seven figure contract with Wonderbra to thank for her impressive earnings this year. She added to her paycheck with H&M, Swarovski, Reebok, Mango and Shopstyle campaigns. The 31-year-old also owns a cosmetics line, Kora Organics, which she launched in 2009; fans can also drink from a Kerr-endorsed teacup she released for Royal Albert. She is recently divorced from actor Orlando Bloom and has one child.
Liu Wen – $7 million
The first Chinese model to walk Victoria’s Secret runway, Liu Wen continues to earn tremendously from an Estee Lauder contract, Esprit, H&M and Calvin Kelin campaigns. She is the new body of La Perla, and has also added a lucrative Coach campaign to her resumé, among work for Tory Burch and Lane Crawford. The 26-year-old supplements her paycheck with several deals in China.
Still more beauties and money to follow, find out here who else made the list of highest-paid models in 2014.
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