Gisele Bündchen named as world’s highest paid model (again)

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The 33-year-old model has certainly brought home the bacon over the past 12 months with an estimated combined salary of $42 million, as listed in the annual report into supermodel earnings by Forbes Magazine. 

Lucrative modeling contracts with H&M, Pantene, Oral-B and Sky HDTV and her role as the face of Chanel’s ‘Les Beiges’ cosmetics line have all contributed to this enormous total. The figure dwarfs that of second placed supermodel, Australian Victoria’s Secret star Miranda Kerr, who comes in at just over $7 million. 

Impressive as they are, Bündchen’s latest earnings don’t quite match last year’s total of $45 million, which is perhaps accounted for by the time she took off to give birth to her youngest daughter Vivian, her second child with NFL quarterback Tom Brady. 

Other notable figures in the list include British star Kate Moss, who is still earning a multimillion-dollar salary from her modeling contracts (including Versace and Rimmel) at the age of 39, and emerging Chinese superstar Liu Wen (aged just 25), who is the first Chinese model to star in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Here’s the top five:

Gisele Bündchen (Brazil) – $42 million

Miranda Kerr (Australia) – $7.2 million

Adriana Lima (Brazil) – $6 million

Kate Moss (UK) – $5.7 million

Liu Wen (China) – $4.3 million


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