The 20 Highest Paid Super Models in the World

By Mirka Santos

Many people dream of having high-paying jobs, jobs that pay well enough to make them feel wildly successful. But dreams are just dreams.

So, many people turn to stars and models to get their fill. How about a list of highest paying individuals globally? Perhaps one of the most lucrative jobs in the world is super modeling.

However, these women did not get to where they are without challenges. Curious as to who is the highest paying one of all? Check out the list below.

20. Candice Swanepoel


Net Worth: $25 million

South African model Candice Swanepoel is another Victoria’s Secret Angel. Starting at age 15, Swanepoel began her career after a scout recruited her. In the same year, she has worked with Italian Vogue while also joining catwalks for various popular designers.

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As her success continued to rise, she has achieved a whole lot of prestigious opportunities, including being named as the cover model for Victoria’s Secret Swim Catalogue. She wore the Fantasy Bra worth $10 million. She earned $6.5 in 2018.

19. Chrissy Teigen


Net Worth: $26 million

Earning $12 million in 2018, Chrissy Teigen is known as one of the multifaceted models today. A model scout recruited her when she was a teenager. In 2004, she officially began working in the industry. One of her first gigs was as an IGN Babe.

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Then, she appeared on Deal or No Deal in 2006. Some of her appearances with brands include Billabong, Nike, Olay, Nine West, and Gillette. Aside from being a model, she is also a reality show star and an influential social media personality. 

18. Bella Hadid


Net Worth: $26 million

The youngest of the Hadid sisters has been under the spotlight for her whole life, being the daughter of Yolanda Hadid of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame. She started her career when she was 16 years old and has worked with IMG Models since 2014.

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She has participated in shows by Diana von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, and Tommy Hilfiger. Hadid also appeared on magazine covers such as Seventeen, Elle, and Teen Vogue. Her earning amounted to $8.3 million in 2018.

17. Joan Smalls


Net Worth: $26 million

Joan Smalls is a successful fashion model who started her modeling career in 2007. She left Puerto Rico to live with her aunt in Queens, New York. During her stay, she successfully joined Elite Model Management.

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One of her first stints in the public eye is through Ricky Martin’s music video for his song “It’s Alright”. In 2010, she walked for Givenchy Spring. This led her to become the most popular model at the time. She earned $8.3 million in 2018.

16. Cara Delevingne


Net Worth: $28 million

Earning $9.76 million in 2018, Delevingne is one of the most successful supermodels today. Just like many other supermodels, she started young. One of her first exposures to the industry was with Cadbury chocolate for its advertisements.

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Later on, she has worked with campaigns for H&M, Zara, Chanel, Burberry, and Blumarine. She also walked runways for various designers such as Stella McCartney and Oscar de la Renta. She has also starred in different films such as Suicide Squad, Anna Karenina, and Valerian.

15. Gigi Hadid


Net Worth: $29 million

The older Hadid sister ranks 15 on our list with $9.5 million in earnings. Getting a head start at two years old, Hadid has worked in the industry for almost all her life. Her first project was with Baby Guess after being scouted by Paul Marciano.

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Aside from being a model, she is also an actress debuting with Virgin Eyes in 2011. She also modeled for Sports Illustrated. Today, she has contracts with Maybelline, Evian, BMW, Tommy Hilfiger, and designer brand Versace.

14. Rosie Huntington Whiteley


Net Worth: $30 million

This English supermodel earned $10.9 million in 2018. She grew up on a farm, and ever since she was young, she has wanted to venture into things other than what her farm community had to offer.

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At 16, she joined a modeling agency and landed a stint in a Levi’s ad. In 2006, she joined Victoria’s Secret. However, her popularity skyrocketed in 2008 when she was able to score jobs with Burberry. She then modeled for British Vogue and has joined Godiva, Miss Sixty, and Loewe.

13. Karlie Kloss


Net Worth: $30 million

Raking in $14 million in 2018, Karlie Kloss is another highly recognized supermodel. An agent discovered her during a charity fashion show back when she was 13 years old. She started her career working in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch.

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She was recruited by Elite Model management in 2007 but left in 2008 to join NEXT model. She gained popularity when Tyra Banks criticized her runway walk. However, designers gave favorable reactions. Since then, she went on to appear on magazine covers such as Russh, Vogue Girl, W, and Glitterati. 

12. Doutzen Kroes


Net Worth: $32 million

This Dutch model is not only known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but also an actress. According to Kroes, she was tomboyish when she was younger. She also joined the world of modeling at a fairly older age.

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Fortunately, modeling agency Paparazzi Model Management saw her potential as a supermodel and helped Kroes become the model that she is today. Since then, she has modeled for various magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar. She earned $7.8 million in 2018.

11. Liu Wen


Net Worth: $32.9 million

Highly popular in China, Liu Wen is considered China’s very first supermodel. She started in 2008 after she signed with Burberry’s runway show in the middle of Milan Fashion Week.

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She is also regarded as Victoria’s Secret’s first Asian supermodel, with various international campaigns for a wide range of fashion and beauty brands. Wen is also a popular personality on social media with more than 20 million followers on Chinese microblogging site Weibo and Instagram combined. In 2018, she earned $6.6 million.

10. Kendall Jenner


Net Worth: $40 million

Kendall Jenner has been the highest-paid supermodel for several years now. In 2018 alone, she earned a whopping $21.9 million. Coming from the business-model-influencer Kardashian-Jenner clan, Jenner found her calling as a model at 14.

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She worked with ad campaigns for various fashion brands such as Forever 21 and Sherri Hill. She has walked various catwalks for Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan, and Paris, as well as different designers. Aside from modeling, her earnings come from her online influencer status.

9. Miranda Kerr


Net Worth: $43.2 million

Born in Australia, Miranda Kerr started her career as early as 13 years old when she won Dolly magazine’s model search contest in 1997. She became known in the modeling world as a Victoria’s Secret Angel back in 2007.

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Kerr has been in Forbes’ highest-paid supermodels since 2008. She has also worked with a department store from her home country, David Jones. Kerr has also dabbled in writing, releasing a self-help book. Today, reports say that Kerr earns around $7.2 million annually.

8. Alessandra Ambrosio


Net Worth: $60 million

Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio started her modeling career at the young age of 12. Her early training helped her get a spot as a model for Victoria’s Secret. She has also done modeling for various magazines, landing on the front cover.

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She has been on the front cover of Elle, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Marie Claire, and Vogue. She is known for walking the runway while pregnant and as the chosen model for 2012 Fantasy Bra. According to reports, she earned $5 million in 2018, which makes her one of the highest-paid models across the globe.

7. Naomi Campbell


Net Worth: $60 million

Naomi Campbell reportedly earns $10.1 million per year. She entered the modeling world along with other prominent models such as Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington. In the entirety of her career, she has appeared in over 500 magazine covers.

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Campbell has also appeared on the reality TV show The Face US, UK, and Australia. She also tried her hand in acting and has worked with television shows such as American Horror Story and Empire. Aside from acting and modeling, she is also the author of several books. 

6. Claudia Schiffer


Net Worth: $60 million

One of the reasons Claudia Schiffer gained popularity in the modeling world is due to her resemblance to actress Brigitte Bardot. However, she became famous for her covers for various prestigious magazines such as Elle and Vogue.

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She has also joined campaigns for various brands including Chanel and Guess Jeans. She has also worked in commercials for Pepsi and Fanta. Aside from modeling, she also went into acting. Some of her films include Richie Rich, The Blackout, and Black and White. Schiffer reportedly earned $13 million in 2018. 

5. Adriana Lima


Net Worth: $85 million

Adriana Lima is considered the longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel. She has been working with the brand since 2000. She started her modeling career when she won first place in Ford’s Supermodel of Brazil contest.

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The next year, she won second place in the car maker’s Supermodel of the World contest. This led her to be signed with Elite Model Management, resulting in multiple projects with Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Mossimo, Versace, and BCBG. She also worked with Maybelline cosmetics between 2003 and 2009.

4. Elle Macpherson


Net Worth: $98.8 million

Elle Macpherson is an Australian model who also dabbled in business, hosting, and acting. Her fame comes from her record-breaking appearance on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers five times.

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In the 1980s, Time gave her the nickname of The Body. She went on to establish various businesses, such as Elle Macpherson Intimates (a lingerie line) and The Body (a skincare line). She also landed roles in films such as Batman and Robin and The Edge. Reportedly, she earns $16.47 million per year.

3. Cindy Crawford


Net Worth: $103 million

American model and actress Cindy Crawford has been in the industry since she was 16 years old. By 17, she competed in Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year contest where she won runner up.

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Crawford is not only beauty but brains. She graduated Valedictorian in high school and started her chemical engineering studies. However, she pursued her career full-time and went on to become the successful model she is today. According to reports, Crawford rakes in $17.17 million per year

2. Gisele Bundchen


Net Worth: $400 million

Gisele Bundchen earns a whopping $40 million per year. Bundchen originally wanted to be a professional volleyball player. However, she was scouted at 13 years old, leading her to compete with various competitions.

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Her career officially started in 1996 during the New York Fashion Week when she was 16. She has worked with projects for Versace, Ralph Lauren, Loui Vuitton, Michael Kors, and many other designers. Aside from her work as a model, she has also participated in charity initiatives, including I Am African and Zero Hunger.

1. Kathy Ireland


Net Worth: $520 million

The supermodel with the highest pay and net worth is Kathy Ireland. Born Katherine Marie Ireland, this model became prominent during the 80s and 90s. Ireland takes the crown when it comes to the most consecutive appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.

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Aside from being a model, she also established a business called kathy ireland Worldwide (kiWW). kiWW is a brand marketing company that made Ireland the richest former model across the globe. CelebWorth reports that she earns $86.67 million per year.



With the amount of money these women rake in every year, you can bet that they are some of the highest-paid individuals in the world. 

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