Modelling is a tough industry that keeps the people involved on their toes. But it can be highly rewarding too. If one is able to grab enough exposure and a few great deals, the industry will make you super rich. There are even rags to riches stories in this industry. Now take a look at the 10 highest paid models of 2015:
10. Candice Swanepoel
Candice Susan Swanepoel is a South African model. She was spotted by a model scout at 15. She has appeared in numerous covers of Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Lush etc. Swanepoel has appeared in advertisements for Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior among other. Today she is best known for modelling for a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2010. Swanepoel actively supports the charity Mother2Mother that works towards eradicating HIV from the lives of mothers and children in Africa. She’s ranked one of the most beautiful women of the year.
9. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Corine Ambrósio is a Brazilian model and actress. Ambrpsio had started taking modelling class at the age of 12. When she was 14, Ambrosio gained recognition after 1996 Elite Model Look national competition. Ambrosio is currently one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and was the company’s first spokesmodel for the “PINK” line. In the past, Ambrosio is also known to have modelled for Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Next, Christian Dior etc. She has appeared in numerous international magazine covers and in advertisements for eminent brands. Currently Ambrosio serves as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
8. Lara Stone
Lara Catherina Stone is a fashion model from Netherland. In 1999, she took part in the Elite Model Look at the age of 15 and managed to impress Elite executives who signed her to the Elite Modelling Agency. In 2006, there came a breakthrough when Stone signed with IMG Models worldwide. A year later she made it to the cover of Vogue Paris and was called quiet “anti-model” due to her unconventional look. Stone has been part of several reputed campaigns like Givenchy, Belstaff, H&M etc.
7. Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls Rodríguez is a fashion model from Puerto Rico, United States. After graduating from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Small moved to New York with the single goal at sight – to become a model. In 2007 She was signed by Elite Model Management then moved on to IMG Models worldwide before joining as a Givenchy. Smalls has modelled for designers and fashion houses like Fendi, Dior, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, and also for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Smalls is the first Latina model to represent Estée Lauder cosmetics in 2011.
6. Miranda Kerr
Miranda May Kerr is an Australian model and was the first Australian to participate in the Victoria’s Secret campaign in 2007. Kerr began modelling when she was 13. In 1997 she got her big break when Kerr won the nationwide model search by Dolly magazine and Impulse fragrances. Her winning stirred controversies about the effect of modelling and fashion on young girls who were the age of Miranda Kerr. Kerr is the author of a self-help book, represents an Australian department store chain called David Jones and had her own brand of organic skincare products called KORA Organics. She’s also ranked one of the most desirable women list.
5. Natalia Vodianova
Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova nicknamed Supernova, is a Russian model, actress and philanthropist. Vodianova came from a very poor background and worked as a food-seller to earn money. She signed into a modelling agency at the age of 15. By 17 she had moved to Paris, and signed with Viva Models. Till date she has walked in 300 runway shows for U.S. and European designers. Vodianova has been a runway, editorial and advertising campaign model. She has acted in a few films including Clash of the Titans (2010) where she played Medusa. Vodianova’s philanthropic efforts has been recognized and honoured.
4. Doutzen Kroes
At number 4 of the 10 highest paid models of 2015 is Doutzen Kroes – a Dutch model and actress. When she was young Kroes aspired to be a professional speed skater. When a little older, she went to work for Paparazzi Model Management in the Netherlands who sent her to New York City. From then on she has never looked back. Kroes currently works with L’Oréal and has featured on the covers of Time, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Dazed & Confused, Avantgarde, and Numéro. Kroes is also a former Victoria’s Secret Angel. She actively supports international initiative Dance4life.
3. Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model. Since 2000, Lima has been a spokes model for Maybelline cosmetics and of Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials from 2003 to 2009. She is best known as Victoria’s Secret Angel. Lima began thinking about modelling when she won a beauty pageant in elementary school. Then at the age of 15, she participated in the Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition. Following which she came second at the Ford “Supermodel of the World” competition. Next she moved to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management from where her career just took off.
2. Cara Delevingne
At number 2 of the 10 highest paid models of 2015 is Cara Jocelyn Delevingne. Delevingne is a fashion supermodel, actress and singer. She made her modelling debut at age ten then in 2009, after leaving school, Delevingne signed with Storm Model Management. Delevingne won the “Model of the Year” twice in 2012 and 2014 at the British Fashion Awards. Cara has appeared in shows for houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Mulberry and Jason Wu. She has acted in films like Anna Karenina (2012), Paper Towns (2015) and Suicide Squad (2016). Among AskMen’s ‘Most Desirable Women’, Delevingne ranked 13th.
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1. Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Caroline Bündchen is a model, actress, and producer from Brazil. Bündchen began her rise as a model in the 90s. By 1999, she is credited with ending the “heroin chic” era of modelling. Sometimes called the only remaining true supermodel today, Bündchen pioneered the “horse walk” and was part of Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 to mid-2007. As an actor she has played a supporting role in Taxi (2004) another supporting role in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Bündchen has for long been associated with many charities like Doctors without Borders and Save the Children, Red Cross.