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Top models are not only about glamour and beauty, it can also be a juicy business too. Here is the official 2013 top 5 ranking of the world’s highest paid female models. Source: Forbes magazine.

#1- Gisele Bündchen – $42 million per year


Brazilian hips don’t lie… Gisele Bündchen is 32 years old and again she is number one most paid top model in the world. This year she basically kicked out Beyonce from H&M, Rihanna from Chanel and Kate Moss from David Yurman. Any questions? Of course all this in addition of her new second child birth. started here career in 1997. Despite of a unusual look for the standards, Alexander McQueen was the first one to give her a chance and since then, she is a super star. With already 11 covers for Vogue, 3 of them in the same year, she is the ultimate top model today. Marketers calculated that having Gisele Bündchen on an advertising, can easily triple your sales. So the investment is worth. Depending on the size of your campaign ambition, you might need to pay between 3 to 5 million dollars just for one photo shoot. Just compare the difference in terms of revenues between Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr, who gets the second position. Unbelievable.

#2 – Miranda Kerr – $7.2 million per year


Miranda’s career got a huge boost when in 2007 she became one of the Victoria Secret’s angels. Of course she is also the wife of American actor, Orlando Bloom, but definitely Victoria secret was the big booster. She is also a business woman, as she launched her own cosmetics brand called Kora Organics. Today, she is not anymore an “angel” but she got important advertising contracts with brands such as Mango, David Jones, Lipton or Quantas. The Asian market also got interested to Miranda Kerr and she got several contracts. With her $7.2 million of revenue, she is still far away from Queen Gisele but definitely she is a big star.

#3 – Adriana Lima – $6 million per year


Another Angel, this time a brazilian one. Adriana Lima is a brazilian top model. Her career started in 2000 when Victoria Secret contracted her as one of the “angels”. Since then, she became the face of many brands. Guess, Swatch, Versace, Bulgari, De Beers, FCUK and also Maybelline. In 2005 she participated on the Pirelli calendar. Mother of 2 children, she is back on Haute Couture in 2009 for the french brand Givenchy. With her $6 million revenue she is one of the most well paid super models today.

#4 – Kate Moss – $5.7 million per year


Kate Moss is not only a super model, she is also a super-shelf-life career of modeling. Discovered the first time in 1988, the top model is today 39 years old. She is still a fashion muse with dozens of magazine covers per year. It was definetely Calvin Klein, the master of minimalism, who launched her career by making her the face of the unisex trend in the 90’s. Since then, she works regularly for Chloé, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent or Versace. She is a fashion goddess and also was the face for several fragrances like Opium by Saint Laurent or Bulgari. Next january she will pose topless for Playboy magazine in order to celebrate the magazine 60th anniversary and her 40th anniversary too. Cannot way!

 #5 – Liu Wen – $4.3 million per year


Liu Wen is the first Chinese fashion model to operate at the international level. She was also the first Eastern Asia model to catwalk for Victoria Secret. She started her career in 2005 after being spotted in a national modeling contest. Since then she was in the cover of several magazines like Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. In 2007 she did her first fashion shows for Karl Lagerfeld and Viktor & Rolf. Today she is in all top shows from London to Paris, New York and Milano. She is also interested in style, so she might open her own fashion label in the future. For now, she is 25 years old and very successful.

As we can see, female modeling really pays big. If we take the example of the most well paid male model, Sean O’Pry, he earned only $ 1.5 million this year. And he worked as much as any of the female models. So for once, women are better paid than men… by far!



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