Forbes' List of World's Top-Earning Models

A thin waistline can add up to a thick wallet. At least it has for the worlds supermodels. These beautiful women have catwalked their way into the big time -- and the big bucks.

According to forbe’s magazine there's a slew of models who are raking in more money than any of us can even dream of. Surely you'll recognize the names and faces of most of these beauties who have showed up in recent ad campaigns, magazine covers, editorials, talk shows and even movies. The list was ranked primarily according to estimated earnings over the past 12 months.

" Though photographs of top models with their smiling faces may suggest a luxurious life, it is luxury that is hard earned after hundreds of shows, shoots and the like which would have taken a lot of time and effort. "

I present to you the World's Top-Earning Models according to Forbes...

1) Gisele Bundchen - $33 million (Rs.162 crores)
2) Kate Moss - $9 million (Rs.44 crores)
3) Heidi Klum - $8 million (Rs.39 crores)
4) Adriana Lima - $6 million (Rs.29 crores)
5) Alessandra Ambrosio - $6 million (Rs.29 crores)
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6) Carolyn Murphy - $5 million
7 ) Natalia Vodianova - $4.5 million
8 ) Karolina Kurkova - $3.5 million
9) Daria Werbowy - $3.5 million
10) Gemma Ward - $3 million
11) Liya Kebede - $2.5 million
12) Hilary Rhoda - $2 million
13) Shalom Harlow - $2 million
14) Doutzen Kroes - $1.5 million
15) Jessica Stam - $1.5 million

Gisele Bundchen
Anyone who doesn’t know Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has probably been living in a rock for the past couple of years. Gisele has graced the covers of high-fashion magazines, the most exclusive catwalks, and hers is the face behind more than 20 product brands. In 2008 alone, she earned an astounding $33 million!

Kate moss
Despite being a tabloid-magnet because of her media mishaps with ex-boyfriend Pete Doherty, you still cannot bear to say “Poor Kate!” Why? Because she’s number one on our list of the top 20 best paid models. After dumping Pete, she revived her modeling career and now has a deal with Virgin Books to publish her life story. In 2005 alone, she earned a sizeable income of $9 million - that’s aside from her earnings for the current year. From Versace to Roberto Cavalli, Kate Moss is not just a model’s name - it’s a virtual money machine!

Heidi’s
“That’s hot!” is one of Heidi’s favorite expressions in her reality TV show “Project Runway” - but this is exactly how her modeling career - and her earnings, can be described. From modeling, she had branched out to launching her own line of sandals, perfume and jewelry. Her TV show remains a hit and has been nominated for an Emmy. Finally, her financial ventures add up to a hefty $8  million.

Adriana Lima
Newbies would kill to take Adriana’s place as the 4th highest-earning model in the industry. The towering Brazilian beauty is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and her lucrative contract with Maybelline cosmetics. Adriana has strutted on the runway for designers Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Valentino and Ralph Lauren.

Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra is a gorgeous Brazilian model who knows how to work for the moment. The 5th highest paid model on our list has kept her multi-media gigs ongoing - from mag covers, TV appearances and what-have-you’s! Revlon, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta and Gucci campaigns are just some of the labels that this hardworking model has appeared in.

Though photographs of top models with their smiling faces may suggest a luxurious life, it is luxury that is hard earned after hundreds of shows, shoots and the like which would have taken a lot of time and effort.






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