Gisele Bündchen still leads the world’s top-earning models with $30.5 million, Kendall Jenner and newcomer Gigi Hadid have increased their yearly income by turning their crazy Instagram followings into multi-million dollar paydays.
Gisele remains the highest paid for now, even though she has retired. The 36-year-old Brazilian beauty has made more money than any other model since 2002. She makes insane yearly profit from lucrative fragrance and beauty deals with Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Pantene, plus advertisements for Arezzo shoes and SkyTV in Brazil. Her own line of lingerie and skincare help set her earnings apart.
Bündchen beats even Adriana Lima ($10.5 million),the longest-running Angel in Victoria’s Secret history, by $20 million.
Kendall Jenner is number three with earnings that increased 150% to $10 million in 2016. The supermodel has 64.4 million Instagram followers which is more than anyone else on the list and she managed to turn that into million dollar deals with brands like Estée Lauder and Calvin Klein.
“Our business has changed,” says Chris Gay, President of The Society Management, which represents Jenner. ”These models [have] become more and more influential because they are the conduits of media–not only somebody who can be the face of the campaign but a powerful means to distribute it.”
The world’s highest-paid models of 2016:
1. Gisele Bündchen $30.5 million
2. Adriana Lima $10.5 million
3. Kendall Jenner $10 million
3. Karlie Kloss $10 million
5. Gigi Hadid $9 million
5. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley $9 million
7.Cara Delevingne $8.5 million
8. Candice Swanepoel $7 million
8. Liu Wen $7 million
10. Miranda Kerr $6 million