Riches Look Good on These Supermodels
If you weren't aware, the modeling game is a tough grind. There are countless young ladies out there hoping to make it big like Heidi and Tyra did. The reality is that the vast majority of models barely scrape by, if they even make a profit. Nonetheless, the models who have done well for themselves financially keep the dream of runway glamor alive. These are the models that set the earnings bar.
Kathy Ireland: $350 million
Kathy Ireland is not only unusual in that her last name is the same as her country, but she is also one of if not the most entrepreneurial-minded beauty to ever grace the runway, let alone the cover of Sports Illustrated (SI).
Gisele Bundchen: $250 million
Gisele Bundchen is known globally by her first name alone, and her international notoriety has only broadened since her marriage to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. They are the consummate power couple, and Gisele is absolutely holding up her half of the earnings.
Cindy Crawford: $100 million
Cindy Crawford is the poster child for how tantalizing a mole can be. Seriously, how often do you find yourself thinking, let alone saying, "Damn, that's one sexy mole?". That right there is the power of Cindy Crawford in a nutshell.
Tyra Banks: $90 million
The Tyra Banks, that is. Tyra has had her own television show, played an integral role in the creation of the show Project Runway and has never stopped lapping up lucrative endorsements with Ralph Lauren, Victoria's Secret, Dolce & Gabbana and others since she broke on the scene.
Christie Brinkley: $80 million
Models sometimes struggle to maintain their figures or appearances as they age, but Christie Brinkley is one of the rare models — or people in general, for that matter — that seems to fall in the ageless beauty category. And she's more than just her looks, as she has parlayed her modeling career into an estimated net worth of $80 million.
Heidi Klum: $70 million
Heidi Klum's resume as a model is among the most impressive of any woman to ever grace the runway, and she is one of the few who is recognizable by her first name alone. She is still in modeling shape, yet it is her ventures outside of modeling that have helped her accrue an estimated $70 million in career earnings.
Kate Moss: $50 million
Kate Moss is not as well known to younger generations as many of the models on this list, and that reality makes it all the more impressive that Moss is reportedly a $50 million woman. She hasn't made that much money by being a dumb businesswoman, either.
Naomi Campbell: $48 million
Naomi Campbell is yet another name that the kids might not recognize, but she has left a lasting impact on modern modeling. And how much is being a legend worth? About $48 million if you want to use Campbell as a litmus test.
Elle Macpherson: $45 million
When you’ve appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition five times, you know you’re in the upper echelon of models. Elle Macpherson has done that and raked in mad endorsement dough over the course of her ongoing modeling career.
Claudia Schiffer: $40 million
Claudia Schiffer was one of the "it" girls of the 90s, gaining the rarefied air of a household name. She was a cover model for magazines like Vogue, Cosmo and Vanity Fair (absolute musts for the upper echelon of models) and established herself as a force in the industry.
Alessandra Ambrosio: $40 million
Alessandra Ambrosio is a part of a class of models that have dominated the early 21st century, and she is no exception to the group's seeming agelessness. Ambrosio is 38, but you wouldn't be crazy for thinking she's still in her 20s. The ultra-healthy lifestyle of a supermodel doesn't hurt, but neither does $40 million in the bank.
Milla Jovovich: $36 million
It is a testament to Milla Jovovich's multiple talents that she is known by many fans for her movies first and her modeling career second — if they are aware of her modeling at all. While Jovovich was a model first, she has established herself as a leading woman in the action film genre.
Adriana Lima: $35 million
If you didn't know, "Lima" means "lime" when translated from Spanish to English, and even though Adriana Lima (like so many of the top models) hails from the Portuguese-speaking nation of Brazil, you can just call her the Brazilian Lime. Not just because her name means lime, but because limes, like her bank account, are full of green.
Iman: $25 million
We sometimes joke or say earnestly that a celebrity needs no last name to be recognizable, but Iman is the embodiment of that sentiment. The Somali-American model is 64 now, but older audiences remember how Iman took the modeling world by storm.
Christy Turlington: $18 million
Christy Turlington has been a major name in modeling since the 80s, and she has shown impressive longevity by serving as the face of Calvin Klein's Eternity campaign as recently as 2014. She is still endorsed by Maybelline as well, but Turlington is also known as one of the most compassionate models there are.
Linda Evangelista: $18 million
Linda Evangelista is one of the most successful models to ever hail from Canada, and by financial measure, she is arguably the most successful. She was among the most frequently-cast models of the 90s, and she is known especially for an iconic Harper's Bazaar cover from September 1992.
Natalia Vodianova: $16 million
Natalia Vodianova is a Russian model who is known not just for her Slavic good looks, but also her story as an impoverished young girl who helped her mother sell fruit on Russian streets to care for her sisters, one of whom had cerebral palsy and the other autism.
Carolyn Murphy: $15 million
Carolyn Murphy's prime as a model was in 1998, when she was voted Vogue's Model of the Year. However, Murphy had a long, lucrative career that saw her dabble in not only modeling but also acting and —in a way — music.
Stephanie Seymour: $15 million
Stephanie Seymour is a 51-year-old model who has had a more public personal life than most women in her field. Seymour was a hot item in the 80s and 90s, so much so that she ended up in an (ultimately failed) relationship with Guns 'N Roses frontman Axl Rose.
Cheryl Tiegs: $14 million
Cheryl Tiegs became a model when she was 17 and quickly rose to national and then global prominence. You could say that she had something of a headstart to her cash, but we won't hold that against her. After all, she has stacked a lot of it — $14 million by most estimates.
Kendall Jenner: $30 million
When you are part of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, the rules go out the window in terms of how much money you can make. Most of the models on this list have worked ten, twenty, or even forty years to accumulate their impressive net worth.
Karlie Kloss: $20 million
When annual revenues for modeling were tallied at the end of 2018, Karlie Kloss trailed only Kendall Jenner. She is only 27 years old, but she’s collected accolades for her modeling since the age of 17, when Vogue Paris bestowed her with the honor of one of the 'Top Models of the 2000s'. At 17!
Chrissy Teigen: $26 million
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are sometimes seen as practically one entity by those who adore (or don't adore) the couple, but no one should forget that Teigen had a successful modeling career before John, and she has continued that success after tying the knot.
Cara Delevingne: $28 million
The most successful models often try their hand at other crowd-pleasing forms of media, whether it’s television, movies or commercials. But Cara Delevingne, who earned a reported $10 million in 2018, is a true double threat, as she is respected both as an actress and a model.
Rosie Huntington-Whitely: $30 million
Rosie Huntington-Whitely is leveraging the looks her mama (and papa) gave her to make a nice little career for herself, as she was tied for third in terms of model income in 2018. The person she was tied with is a little lady named Gisele Bundchen … ever heard of her?
Gigi Hadid: $29 million
Gigi Hadid was one of the highest-paid models in 2018, reportedly adding a cool $9.5 million to her bank account during the calendar year. That figure padded her total net worth, which is estimated to be somewhere around $29 million.
Bella Hadid: $25 million
Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid are sisters, and they're both models. If that’s not enough, the sisters even made nearly the same amount in 2018. What difference does a million make, anyway?
Doutzen Kroes: $32 million
Doutzen Kroes took home $8 million in the 2018 calendar year from modeling, and the Dutch Destroyer shows no signs of losing her touch any time soon. She's 34, but she doesn't look it, and her enduring beauty made her the tenth highest paid model last year, an impressive feat for anyone.
Joan Smalls: $26 million
Joan Smalls' last name is highly inappropriate if you’re looking for a metaphor for her bank account. She brought in roughly $8.5 million in earnings in 2018, putting her firmly within the top ten of all models and adding to her net worth of $26 million.
Victoria Beckham: $450 million
People think of Posh Spice as a Spice Girl and often David Beckham's wife, but they may forget that Victoria Beckham was, first and foremost, a model. And why not? Look at her, for Pete’s sake! She was put on this earth to strut her stuff.