Being a model seems just a matter of good-looking presence, healthy celery shakes, and regular exercise. However, being one of the highest-paid supermodels of all time goes well beyond that. Awakenings at dawn, long journeys, and the constant gaze of thousands of people are just what characterises top models' life. It is easy to let go if you are not extremely determined.
A hypothetical models' walk-of fame would be featuring the catwalk goddesses Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Cindy Crawford. All these models have transformed the essence of this profession. They are no longer just wonderful bodies wrapped in the beautiful creations of most renowned designers. Still, they are real worldly celebrities with a following of millions of followers and virtual flatterers. In the '90s Gianni Versace celebrated the beauty, and above all, his then novice muses' personality. While now the web idolises young and charming girls who have conquered the hearts of stylists and fans.
In the '90s Linda Evangelista stated, "I don't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day." this claim was reported by many tabloids, spreading all around the globe in zero time. The implications of this statement were undeniable, but they paved the way for a new era, the supermodel era. Entrepreneurship talent and bold personality characterised the success of the "Big Five", the worldwide known Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer. These models dominated the 90's fashion scene flawlessly posing for hundreds of magazine covers. Their photogenic, however incredible, struggled to keep up with their always magnetic personality. Although some of the Big Five are still out and about in the fashion scene, in general, they left the stage to the new generation of models, the so-called Instagirls.
These charming muses are entrepreneurs in all respects, capable of grasping the best opportunities in the world of fashion, exploiting their fame to defend and promote their ideals. It is undoubtedly not their social and environmental commitment that makes them famous. Still, indeed, their altruism says much about their personality. A busy life marked by continuous castings and hair styled between an interview and a greens shake can lead to extraordinary earnings.
Recently many young models depopulate on the web as much as on the catwalks. These Instagirls are the icons of many young people who increasingly idolise these style icons through a continuous spread of Instagram. Among the highest-paid muses of all time, there are certainly some well-known faces of the Big Five. Naomi Campbell has £47.9 million worth of assets, while Linda Evangelista's thoughtful awakenings brought her a fortune of about £31.9 million.
With no doubts, the most remunerated model is the Brazilian Gisele Bündchen whose net worth has skyrocket to £380 million. This amount makes her the uppermost paid model of all time. Her unique charm and slender figure have always eased her in being the most appreciated model for both magazines and runway shows. In her teens, Gisele aspired to be a professional volleyball player. At the age of 13, she was discovered by an agent in fast food in São Paolo. During her career, Gisele Bündchen was Victoria's Secret angel from 2000 until mid-2007. She revealed that her contract with the famous lingerie brand made up almost 80% of her annual income. She was for 15 years in a row the most profitable model. Besides her modelling career, she is a vivid supporter of praiseworthy causes regularly shared her Instagram page.
The latest Forbes ranking of highest-paid models is 2018 and still features Gisele Bündchen with her 2018 income of £7.9 million. However, she is now surpassed by other Victoria's Secret Angels and younger ladies. They climbed the road of success in a blink of an eye.
DOUTZEN KROES - yearly earning £6.3m
This Dutch supermodel owns a lucrative L'Oréal endorsement, and she recently launched her cashmere jumper line. She is one of the big names of the contemporary fashion scene. She uses her notoriety to share her commitment to helping endangered species. Indeed, in 2018 she took part in Tiffany & Co's Save the Wild campaign together with Naomi Campbell. This iconic Victoria's Secret angel is particularly fascinated by elephants.
JOAN SMALLS - yearly earning £6.7m
Joan is a Puerto Rican top model with a degree in psychology. Back in 2007 decided to take her first steps in the fashion industry, moving to New York. Her magnetic gaze and her sensual stride defined her as the Catwalk Queen. In 2018 the many shows she took part in and the contracts with Estée Lauder and Moschino assured her a spot in the moneymaking model ranking.
BELLA HADID - yearly earning £6.7m and GIGI HADID - annually earning £7.5m
The Hadid sisters are now the icons of many teenagers. Although their career started just a few years ago, they have already stolen the hearts of many designers, and Donatella Versace is for sure one of them. In 2018 Bella achieved her most significant success. She featured Victoria's Secret annual fashion show, and she shared her accomplished with her 18.6 million Instagram followers. While Gigi's passion for fashion is not only linked to modelling, as she created different collections beside Tommy Hilfiger. Her established name in the fashion scene brought her to be one of the annual striking H&M collection faces in 2018 the H&M x Moschino.
CARA DELEVIGNE - yearly earning £7.9m
Cara began her career in fashion at the age of 17, and within a few years, she walked the most prestigious catwalks. One of her first big jobs was a campaign for Burberry. The polyhedral British has always shown a strong interest in acting. She took a short break from fashion, dedicating herself to her acting career. Cara Delevigne became one of the most sought after models becoming the favourite of Christopher Bailey, Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, and Karl Lagerfeld. The model's favourite animal is the lion, and one of the many awareness-raising activities in which she took part in the fight against lions' hunting.
ROSIE HUNTINGTON - WHITELEY - yearly earning £9.1m
Rosie is another UK-made beauty with a passion for acting. Like her compatriot Cara, Rosie alternated her modelling career with acting by taking part in various films. She took part in many luxury brands catwalks and the face of many campaigns for commercial brands. From 2006 to 2010 she took part in the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, becoming an angel in 2010. In 2015 she was named the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine.
CHRISSY TEIGEN - yearly earning £9.1m
Chrissy is an American model, TV personality and author. She debuted in 2010 taking part in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her husband John Legend dedicated her the song 'All of Me', and she participated in the music video. Her activism is mainly political and in defence of the family and immigrants rights.
KARLIE KLOSS - yearly income £10.3m
Karlie Kloss started her modelling career at the age of 14 by posing for the cover and editorial of Scene Magazine in Chicago, her hometown. In 2008 she began to model in the Big Four Fashion Weeks. Karlie soon became the face of advertisements for Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana and many other well-known brands. Like many other top-ranked models she has walked for Victoria's Secret. Karlie is passionate about computer programming. In 2015 he set up a scholarship in his name in collaboration with a New York school. Karlie's goal is to allow young girls to thoroughly develop their passion for computer science and software engineering.
KENDAlL JENNER - yearly income £17.8m
Kendall Jenner tops the list, her notoriety began with participation in the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Her career in fashion immediately began with bookings for major brands such as Givenchy, Chanel and Fendi. In 2018 she secured a place in Victoria's Secret fashion show, making one of her dreams come true. Kendall is a real celebrity of social media. She is one of the prominent social influencers with 126 million Instagram followers and an average of 5 million likes per photo.
Being a digital age model is not just parading wearing the most stylish clothes or modelling for flashy advertising campaigns. As already stated by the Big Five in the '90s, top models aren't just slender and attracting bodies. They are young entrepreneurs with strong charisma. Now more than ever, the top models are followed continuously by their online amateurs. Many of these women are expertly leveraging their celebrity to perpetrate noble humanitarian and environmental causes.