As the name easily suggests, a supermodel is not just a model. Supermodels are the highest paid fashion models in the world who enjoy an international reputation and amass many lucrative and prestigious contracts with international magazines. It is said that for a model to be called a supermodel, one must have appeared on all fashion covers across the globe at the same time.
From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss, see who made the most money in 2018 — hint — the number one spot isn’t Gisele Bündchen. Because the number 1 highest paid supermodel of 2018 is Kendall Jenner. She brings in $22.5 million, while Karlie Kloss, who comes in at number 2, brings in $13 million, according to the Forbes magazine ranking. Note: The earnings were measured between June 2017 and June 2018, figures are estimates and rounded. The total takes into account net earnings from cosmetics, fragrances and other industry-related products.
Women supermodels are predominant in the fashion industry, and there are many of them who earn a huge sum almost every year. Considering the reputation these models enjoy, there is a high likelihood that you have heard of them. I am going to talk about 6 of them who are the highest paid in the fashion industry, and you can see for yourself whether you know them—if not, now is the time you knew them.
The 10 Highest-Paid Supermodels In The American Fashion Industry and How Much Do They Make?
- Kendall Jenner ($22.5 million)
Hands down, the reigning queen in the supermodel fashion industry is Kendal Jenner. This 23-year old model started off with the famous Keeping up with the Kardashians show and attracted a lot of attention. She has walked in many prestigious fashion shows such as Paris, Milan and New York fashion shows and appeared on multiple magazines covers such as LOVE, Vogue, and others.
- Karlie Kloss ($13 million)
Karlie Kloss is an American supermodel and a former Victoria’s Secret Angel. Despite having taken a break from modeling in 2015 to complete her education at New York University, her reputation in the fashion industry remained unaffected. This is evident from the fact that she was the second highest paid supermodel in 2018.
In her kitty of achievements, there are many magazine covers such as that of Vogue. She has done ad campaigns for global brands such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Dolce and Gabbana. In addition to modeling, she is an avid programmer and launched a programme to encourage girls to take up coding.
- (tie) Chrissy Teigen ($13.5 million)
One of the biggest stars on Instagram and in the fashion industry, Chrissy Teigen made a lot of money in 2018. She made her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and ever since then, she has appeared in many covers such as that of Cosmopolitan, People, and Glamour. She is presently a co-host in the Lip Sync Battle.
- (tie) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ($13.5 million)
- (tie) Gisele Bündchen ($10 million)
If you did know this, Gisele Bündchen was once the highest paid actress for almost a decade. Although she isn’t at the top, she is definitely close to that spot. In 2007, she was named among the richest woman in the entertainment industry. She has done shoots for international covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. During her time as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, she gained a lot of attention for her signature “horse walk” move. In addition to modeling, she has also appeared in a few movies such as The Devil Wears Prada. Presently, she is the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme.
- (tie) Cara Delevingne ($10 million)
Cara attracted media attention in 2012 when she won “Model of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards which she won again in 2014. Ever since then, she has done ad campaigns for globally-acclaimed fashion brands such as Jason Wu, Mulberry, Chanel, and Dolce and Gabbana.
Apart from modeling, she has established herself as an actress in the film industry. She started off with a small role in Anna Karenina in 2012 and eventually, went on to act as the villain in the DC Universe’s Suicide Squad in 2016.
- Gigi Hadid ($9.5 million)
Gigi is elder to Bella Hadid, who is also a highly paid supermodel and garnered a lot of attention as a model and through her relationship with Zayn Malik. Gigi Hadid has a lot of achievements in her box of feats. She was the recipient of the British Fashion Council’s “International Model of the Year” award in 2016. She has walked for many designers such as Max Mara, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors. In 2015, she debuted in Victoria’s Secret fashion show. As far as magazine covers are concerned, she has appeared Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity fair, Vogue, Grazia, and Paper magazine.
- (tie) Bella Hadid ($8.5 million)
- (tie) Joan Smalls ($8.5 million)
- Doutzen Kroes ($9.5 million)
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