The 10 Richest Supermodels In 2014
World Money 09.02.14
Putting a price on beauty is a tricky concept – especially at a time when extreme body-consciousness is becoming more and more of an issue, and airbrushing is frequently being denounced as warping our perceptions of beauty. Social media has begun acting out against the advertising industry’s unrealistic standards and the modelling industry which feeds into them. However, the models themselves are often the ones crying out about these distortions of beauty. As we’re often reminded, even the girls in the magazines don’t look like the girls in the magazines.
With all the controversy, sensitivity and expectations attached to the job, modelling isn’t an easy business to be in. For the women who work in a world ruled by aspirational and even unattainable aesthetic standards, dieting, exercising and cosmetics are at the core of their everyday lives. Some of the leading figures in the modelling world today, listed below, reveal that being a model involves a lot more than just looking pretty. Along with being female beauty icons, many of these women are spokespeople or representatives of a brand, meaning their attitudes and personalities are as much as part of their images as their appearances. Many of the models on this list also reveal themselves to be entrepreneurial or philanthropic figures, who are role models beyond the confines of the catwalk.
The following ten women are the ten highest-earning models of 2014 from lowest to highest, according to data collated by Forbes. The 21 highest-paid models in the world made a combined $142 million over the course of the past year, revealing just how valuable a pretty face and a marketable personality are. Although modelling may sound like easy money, of course, the models on this list are the elite and they’re the exceptions to the general rule: lower profile models are often paid very little for long, arduous photoshoots and runway duties. In this world, when you make it, you make it big – but many a model falls by the wayside when striving for the spotlight.
10. Natalia Vodianova – $4 million
To date, she has appeared in more than 175 runway shows for U.S. and European based designers and has appeared in fashion magazines worldwide. She has featured in advertising campaigns for Guerlain, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, L’Oréal, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Versace, Chanel and more, and holds an eight-season, seven-figure contract with Calvin Klein. Vodianova is one of the founders of the Naked Heart Foundation, that provides safe and inspiring environments for children living in urban Russia to play in and helps support families raising children with disabilities. She also is a spokesperson for the Tiger Trade Campaign and, in 2011, was awarded an Inspiration of the Year Award for her philanthropy.
9. Hilary Rhoda – $5 millio
27-year-old Hilary Rhoda from Maryland has established herself as an internationally renowned model, primarily through her work with Estée Lauder. A ballet dancer and athlete during high school, Rhoda deferred college field hockey scholarships when modelling opportunities arose during her sophomore year. Rhoda is currently represented by Elite Model Management in New York City, and has appeared in ad campaigns for a wide variety of brands such as Max Mara, Balenciaga, Valentino, Belstaff, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, and Victoria’s Secret. She’s also well-known for her appearances in Sports Illustrated. She is currently engaged to the former professional hockey player Sean Avery.
8. Alessandra Ambrosio – $5 million
Alessandra Ambrosio started modelling at the age of 15, making the cover of Brazilian Elle magazine a few years later. Today, aged 33, Ambrosio is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. She was chosen as the first spokesmodel for the company’s ‘PINK’ line and is one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Over the years she has also modeled for brands such as Next, Armani Exchange, Christian Dior, and Ralph Lauren. Ambrosio shows serious entrepreneurial spirit: she launched her own fashion and lifestyle brand Ále by Alessandra earlier this year. Developed in collaboration with US retailer Cherokee, the fashion line is aimed at women aged between 18 and 35 years. Ambrosio has also made several television appearances, notably in cameo roles as herself, and serves as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
7. Liu Wen – $7 million
6. Miranda Kerr – $7 million
5. Kate Upton – $7 million
4. Kate Moss – $7 million
3. Adriana Lima – $8 million
2. Doutzen Kroes – $8 million