Written by Michelle Loredo
The influence of fashion in our daily life has been reflected in these numbers: 21 models totaling an estimate of $147 million between June 2014 and June 2015 a succulent figure that supply them. These women besides their beauty are intelligent, business, and solidarity women.
Kendall Jenner and Edita Vilkeviciuten for the first time join this year list.
1 – Gisele Bundchen is in first place for the eighth consecutive year with $44 million dollars between June 2014 and June 2015. Her own shoe company Ipanema by Gisele Bundchen and lingerie line Gisele Bündchen Brazilian Intimate generates most of her revenues. Her latest campaign, which include Stuart Weitzman and fragrances by Carolina Herrera, Chanel, and Sonia Rykiel … at 35 this model, has over 4.3 million followers alone in her Instagram.
2 – Earning $9 million Cara Delevingne and Adriana Lima come in second place.
The British twenty-three year old actress, model, and singer Delevigne, has become the FACE image campaign of DKNY, Mulberry, Mango, YSL beauty, and Chanel. In July 2015 the film Paper Towns premiered and a month later she announced her retirement from modeling to pursue music and film. Dominating all social networks thanks to her provocative images, she currently has about 20 million followers on her Instagram account.
Sexy Brazilian, ADRIANA LIMA, famous for being “the” Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000 has been the only model to open the fashion show on five separate occasions. At 34, her highlights include being part of the 2015 Pirelli Calendar, the face of Marc Jacobs new perfume: Decadence, the cosmetics brand Maybelline, Vogue Eyewear, Desigual, and the car ad for Kia which was released last first of February during the Super Bowl.
3- in third place winning $7.5 million is the Dutch Doutzen Kroes. In 2005 Kroes was a Victoria Secret Angel and in 2014 announced the end of her contract. This year she has outdone her modeling career by signing with L ‘ Oreal, Tiffany & Co, and Calvin Klein.
4 – Natalia Vodianova comes in fourth on the ranking with $7 million. This Russian model became famous for eight seasons after signing a multimillion-dollar contract with Calvin Klein and after 10 years, she returns this year to be the protagonist of the fragrance Euphoria. She´s also the new image perfume of Souffle Shalimar by Guerlain, Etam, Stella McCartney, Miss Sixty, and Theory.
5 – Earning $5.5 million MIRANDA KERR and JOAN SMALLS are in fifth place.
MIRANDA KERR rose to fame after becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2007. In November 2015 the Australian model launched her own organic brand for body and face, KORA Organics. She’s been the image for Swarovski since 2013. Divorced from actor Orlando Bloom in October 2014. She now has more than 7.2 million followers on Instagram.
As for the Puerto Rican, Joan Smalls, has gained model recognition on becoming the first Latina to represent Esté Lauder in 2011 and has also been the face of haute couture campaigns like Chanel or Gucci. This fall we can see her posing for Balmain and for the lingerie campaign “The Original Sexy” of Calvin Klein along with Kendal Jenner, Isabeli Fontana, and Edita Vilkeviciute.
6-LARA STONE, Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel are all sixth in the list earning $5 million.
LARA STONE has returned at the age of 31 in the list during her absence in 2014, after the birth of her son. Since 2013 she has been the ambassador for L’Oreal, and is currently the image of Balenciaga along with Kate Moss, H & M, and as well being the face for the fragrances of Tom Ford and Stella McCartney
As for the 23 year old American model Karlie Kloss, one of her first jobs was for Abercrombie posing for Bruce Weber. In 2013 creates its own cookie company “Karlie’s Kookies” in collaboration with the famous bar NY Momofuku Milk Bar. In July 2015 creates a Youtube channel called KLOSSY where up videos of her in the backstage of fashion. It has over 3.3 million followers on Instagram. He is currently starring in Versace campaign, Marella, L’Oreal, Joe Fresh and Kate Spade.
Another angel Victoria’s Secret Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio, remains an angel and has become the first model representing the “PINK” line of the company. It has over 4.5 million followers on his Instagram. His last show was with Balmain for spring and summer 2016.
Finally the South African model Candice Swanepoel 26. His resume includes being on the covers of many magazines around the world. In 2013 he was chosen to take the “Fantasy Bra” for Victoria Secret Fashion Show. It has more than 6.2 million followers on his Instagram.
Image of Givenchy’s latest campaign for autumn / winter 2015
7- Earning $ 4.5 million models : CAROLYN MURPHY , Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy Liu Wen and rank seventh in the list.
The American model Carolyn Murphy recently turned 41 , began his career in 1998. He was named Model of the Year of Vogue and has since been featured in leading journals . He has designed a capsule collection of 10 pieces for underwear brand CheekFrills . Since 2002 he is the image of the cosmetics firm Estee Lauder. This fall we can see in the campaign of Max Mara , Oscar de la Renta, J. Crew.
KATE MOSS began his career at age 14 and has become an icon in the fashion industry . At 41 everything becomes public holders being a ” influencer ” Many designers like Calvin Klein and Gucci, image of Rimmel cosmetics , David Yurman , Mango …
Chinesse model, Liu Wen, is the first Asian model to be the face of Estée Lauder since the early 90´s. As well for being the first Asian model to walk in the fashion show of Victoria Secret and the first to show an Apple Watch in the cover for Vogue China in November 2014. She had a breakthrough into the international scene in 2008 where Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld included her in their couture fashion shows. Her recent work can be seen in the new campaign for La Perla, Made to measure, and on the cover of T Magazine China of October 2015.
Lastly Daria Werbowy born in Poland and moved to Toronto after three years. In 2004 she signed a contract with Lancôme to be the worldwide image of the brand. Measuring 1.81 and currently holds the record for the most opening and closing of fashion shows. Werbowy is the image for the recent fall campaign of Net- a- Porter, Equipment, Alexander Wang , and the cover for the magazines The Last Magazine and Porter Magazine.
8 – In eighth place with only 19 years , Kendall Jenner is the youngest member of the ranking. The second youngest Kardashian clan has taken $ 4 million dollars through contracts with Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein , Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld eyewear among others. His influence with digital media has been the key to most prestigious brands . Instagram has more than 36.4 million followers.
9 – finally in ninth place earning $ 3.5 million are the following models: HILARY RHODA, JOURDAN DUNN, KATE UPTON, ANJA RUBIK, EDITA VILKEVICIUTE. American models Kate Upton and Hilary Rhoda have had an impeccable recognition from being part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Twenty three year old Kate Upton is celebrated for her curves and breasts, she can also be seen on the big screen in films such as The Other Women (2014 ). Her latest work has been as the cover for W Korea Magazine and editorial of Upton Appeal as well for the campaign of Bobbi Brown fall collection.
As for Hilary Rhoda, she began her career with the great opportunity of Riccardo Tisci who put her on the fashion show of Givenchy in 2005. Since 2007 she´s had contract with Estee Lauder and currently she´s the face for the campaign of Chopard.
British JOURDAN DUNN, started at age of 16 years for the first time on the runway and many see her as the next Naomi Campbell. Since then she has starred in numerous campaigns for fashion and cosmetics brands. She recently signed a contract to become the new face of Maybelline New York. Also the image of Balmain for H&M, Empire Rises, Pepe Jeans, and cover of W Magazine October 2015.
Polish model Anja Rubik, after graduating from high school she then began being on the covers of several magazines and in 2014 became the host and judge of the Polish version of reality show Project Runway TVN. Anja is also editor in chief of the magazine 25. Her latest campaigns and editorials is the latest El Palacio de Hierro Fall 201, Iro, Antony Vaccarello, Chloe, Furla, Vanity Fair, and with V Magazine.
Finally Lithuanian EDIT Vilkeviciute model joins the Forbes list for the first time this year thanks to contracts with Roberto Cavalli and Viktor & Rolf , adding to other campaigns for Calvin Klein and H & M . This model 26 began her modeling career at age 16 in Barcelona.