The most surprising aspect of Forbes' list of the world's highest paid models is that the names here don't make more money. Considering that DJ Pauly D earned $13 million within the very same time frame, the $7.2 million second-highest-grossing figure Miranda Kerr brought in seems low. Also, no Kate Upton.
Forbes methodology draws from "editorial shoots, independent licensing ventures, spokesperson gigs and contracts from beauty and fashion companies from June 2012 to June 2013." The combined earnings for this year's top ten has dropped noticeably from the previous year, from $92.5 to $82.8.
It's possible Victoria's Secret has affected this math, since moving from big fixed packages to incentive-based compensation—six of the top 10 are on the lingerie corporation's payroll. As Forbes puts it, "Victoria’s Secret has ratcheted back over the years, and multi-year agreements have become a rarity."
So are models really making less overall or are there just fewer super-models? Whatever, they're all filthy rich, go Pats:
1. Gisele Bündchen ($42 million)
2. Miranda Kerr ($7.2 million)
3. Adriana Lima ($6 million)
4. Kate Moss ($5.7 million)
5. Liu Wen ($4.3 million)
6. Hilary Rhoda ($4 million)
7. Carolyn Murphy ($3.6 million)
8. Joan Smalls ($3.5 million)
9. Candice Swanepoel ($3.3 million)
10. Lara Stone ($3.2 million)
1. Gisele Bundchen ($45 million)
2. Kate Moss ($9.2 million)
3. Natalia Vodianova ($8.6 million)
4. Adriana Lima ($7.3 million)
5. Doutzen Kroes ($6.9 million)
6. Alessandra Ambrosio ($6.6 million)
7. Miranda Kerr ($4 million)
8. Lara Stone ($3.3 million)
9. Carolyn Murphy ($3.5 million)
10. Candice Swanepoel ($3.1 million)
[Forbes // photo of Adriana Lima by Getty Images Entertainment/Chris Jackson]
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