What does it take to be one of the top fashion models on the planet? Forbes recently released a list of the highest earning models of 2015, inspiring LUXE Models to consider what it takes to be a top world model.
Ever since she burst onto the scene in the late 90s, Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen has been wowing the fashion industry. She’s walked more runways, headed more campaigns and featured on more front covers than anyone else on this list. Her total career earnings equal $430 million and she’s made more money than any other model since 2002. Gisele shows no sign of slowing down; 2015 was a big year for the Brazilian and she earned $44 billion, making her the highest paid model of the year.
This mysterious British beauty has fronted a number of campaigns for celebrated fashion houses such as Burberry, Mulberry and Dolce & Gabanna. She’s the ‘it’ girl of the fashion industry right now and has been on numerous covers including most notably American Vogue. Recently, she’s embarked on a successful acting career too. As a result in 2015, she earned an impressive $9 million, tying with Adriana Lima for the second-highest paid model of the year.
As we just mentioned, Brazilian style-queen Adrianna Lima managed to rake in $9 million in 2015. We’re not surprised, Lima’s made a name for herself in the industry. Over the years she’s been a Victoria’s Secret Angel, fronted campaigns for brands such as Maybelline, graced the covers of famous fashion magazines like Vogue and served as a runway model for Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and other gifted designers.
Fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes came fourth on the list, earning a not too shabby $7.5 million last year. The Dutch powerhouse was a relative latecomer to the world of modelling, but shot into the stratosphere in 2013 when she fronted the cover of Vogue’s iconic September issue. Kroes has also featured in a number of fashion campaigns for design houses such as Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and Valentino and engaged in a range of charity work throughout her successful career.
Last but not least, Russian model Natalia Vodianova managed to net around $7 million last year, thanks to lucrative fragrance deals with Guerlain and Calvin Klein. Nicknamed the ‘Supernova,’ Natalia has walked the runway for over 300 US and European designers including Givenchy, Prada, Chanel and Gucci. She’s also known for appearing on various fashion magazine covers like Elle.
If you’re wanting to become a model and you need someone to show you how it’s done, look no further than these five women. Over the course of their careers they’ve taken every opportunity thrown their way, allowing them to make huge earnings and establish themselves as some of the most sought after fashion models on earth.