Kendall Jenner is taking the crown for the highest-paid model in 2022 after raking in a reported A$55 million | Source: Angelo Pennetta, Vogue

Picture Perfect: The Highest Paid Models in 2022

While there’s no doubt modelling is a competitive industry, it’s also no secret that amongst the world’s most elite models it’s a lucrative business. The world’s top tier models command an envious amount of money through big brand contracts, sponsorship deals and high-paying partnerships. Whether it’s as part of a mega international agency or self-promoted, here’s a look at the highest paid models in the world.

Kendall Jenner

Estimated earnings: A$55 Million

While the Kardashian/Jenner clan are a brand in their own right, it’s the oldest Jenner sibling, Kendall, who holds the title of the highest paid model in the family. The tall brunette has strutted her stuff for the likes of Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld. On top of this, there’s no doubt her immense social media fanbase helps her modelling career with the supermodel reportedly charging over A$1 million per post to her over 221 million Instagram followers.

Cara Delevingne

Estimated earnings: A$42 Million

While over the past few years the English model has more often been seen gracing the big screen instead of the catwalk featuring in movies such as Valerian and Suicide Squad, Delevingne still claims a top spot on the highest paid model list. A professional model since 2009 and winning Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards twice, it’s no wonder she gets paid well. The long list of brands on her resume includes the likes of Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Estimated earnings: A$44 Million

Aside from being a model, the British bombshell can also add actress, YouTube star and businesswoman to her resume. Likely most well-known for her work with lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, Huntington-Whiteley has also modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Burberry and Givenchy.

She also boasts a long list of appearances in numerous high-end advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Versace, French Connection, Macy’s, and Bloomingdale’s. Outside her modelling career the glamorous English model also runs several businesses that contribute to her wealth including a series of lingerie and fragrance lines.

Adriana Lima

Estimated earnings: A$43 Million

From starting professional modelling after winning a beauty pageant in elementary school, the Brazilian model is most commonly recognised as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Working with the brand from 1999 to 2018, she was its longest-running model, named “the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel” in 2017.

In 2015 and 2016 Lima ranked second on Forbes’ Top Earning Models’ List, largely due to being an ambassador for IWC, Puma and Maybelline as well as other ventures with Super Bowl, Kia Motors and gracing the covers of numerous magazines.

Gigi Hadid

Estimated earnings: A$28 Million

Daughter of former Dutch model Yolanda Hadid, the 26 year old American model is now a staple of the industry. Featuring on international Vogue magazine covers thirty-five times over four years, the oldest Hadid sibling has also worked with Guess, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, and Jean Paul Gaultier. In 2016, she was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council. 

Gisele Bundchen

Estimated earnings: A$55 Million

Since 2001, the 40 year old Brazilian model has been a regular feature on ‘highest-paid models in the world,’ lists. So great is her influence, in 2007, Bündchen was the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry and in 2014, she was listed as the 89th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes.

Her long resume includes campaigns for Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, and Versace to name a few as well as supporting roles in movies The Devil Wears Prada and Taxi.

Liu Wen

Estimated earnings: A$25 Million

As the first model Chinese model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, it seemed fitting that she then became the first Asian model to ever make Forbes magazine’s annual highest-paid models list. Her work includes walking for Burberry, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Hermès as well as partnerships with Estee Lauder and clothing brand La Perla.

Chrissy Teigen

Estimated earnings: A$53 Million

After making her modelling debut in 2010 for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the American is now more likely known for her television work such as a co-host for Lip Sync Battle and a judge on comedy series, Bring the Funny. With many sources to her wealth, she’s also a New York Times bestseller for her 2016 cookbook, Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat.

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