In a 1990 issue of Vogue, supermodel Linda Evangelista was quoted as saying she and fellow supermodel Christy Turlington, who were two of the highest paid models of their time, "don't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day." Today, numbers like that might seem minimal to the current highest earners in the modeling world. For example, Gisele Bundchen raked in $47 million before taxes and fees in 2014, which means she doesn't get out of bed for less than $128,000 A DAY! Try to hold back your tears. If it makes you feel any better, Gisele not only earns far, far, far more than the average person, she also earns far more than most models. In fact, the next highest earning model of 2014 made $39 million LESS than Gisele. Most models have to work other jobs to pay the bills, but a select few have been lucky enough to make millions with modeling contracts. Here are 15 of them.
15 Doutzen Kroes
Many of the highest-earning models got their start by being Victoria's Secret Angels, and that includes the beautiful Doutzen Kroes, who is also a mother of two. In 2014, she earned a reported $8 million thanks to her L'Oreal contract, her Victoria's Secret contract, her H&M catalogue work, as well as various runway appearances for labels like Miu Miu and Emilio Pucci. The 5'10 Dutch stunner also lent her face to a Calvin Klein fragrance ad and started a line of her own cashmere sweaters, as if she didn't already have enough going on!
14 Adriana Lima
Brazilian model Adriana Lima is another Victoria's Secret Angel veteran. She is one of the highest-earning models in the world, and she also boasts the record of being the longest-running Angel EVER, after getting her wings in 2000. The 34-year-old mother of two earned a reported $8 million in 2014, most of which came from her lucrative Victoria's Secret deal. She also earns a hefty amount from her Maybelline contract, as well as her ad work overseas for companies like Veet and Amazonia water. Last year, she also signed on with Desigual, a Spanish clothing company, as their brand ambassador. With looks like that, it's no wonder she's been so successful!
13 Kate Moss
Kate Moss is an iconic British bad-girl model, who's experienced her fair share of controversy during her 25+ year career. All that controversy, however, has resulted in Moss being one of the most successful and highest-earning models of all time. While modeling was often considered a young girl's game, Moss, 41, is still on top of her game and earned a reported $7 million from modeling contracts in 2014. She has high-paying contracts with Kerastase, St. Tropez, David Yurman, TopShop, and is a veteran Rimmel London ambassador. Moss is also one of the shortest models to be so successful, coming in at 5'7"!
12 Kate Upton
Many people consider Kate Upton to be the modern day Marilyn Monroe. Considering their blonde locks, endless curves, and sex appeal, it's not hard to see why. Upton, 23, rocketed to fame thanks to her Sports Illustrated covers, which led to her being named the face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. She has also been the face of campaigns for Express Clothing, David Yurman, and Sam Edelman all of which contributed to her $7 million income in 2014. Upton doesn't stop at modeling either. In 2014, she made her big screen debut in "The Other Woman," also starring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, and it earned $194 million worldwide.
11 Miranda Kerr
It's no wonder heartthrob fell for model Miranda Kerr. Her beautiful eyes and sweet smile could make anyone love her! Unfortunately, their marriage didn't last, but Kerr and Bloom had one son together, and her career is better than ever. She is no longer a Victoria's Secret Angel, but she has her own cosmetics line, Kora Organics, and she also signed a 7 figure contract with Wonderbra last year. Top that with the millions she earned from campaigns with H & M, Swarovski, Reebok, and Mango, Kerr earned over $7 million in 2014.
10 Liu Wen
Liu Wen became the first Chinese model to ever walk the Victoria's Secret runway in 2009. Since then, her career has only grown. She has contracts with La Perla, Tory Burch, Lane Crawford, Estee Lauder, and Calvin Klein. The 26-year-old earned $7 million in 2014 thanks to these campaigns. She also works on many big campaigns in China, and has been the cover star on many of today's biggest fashion magazines. This summer, she's also featured in GAP ads for their fall merchandise.
9 Alessandra Ambrosio
Yet another Victoria's Secret earned a spot on the highest-earning models list from 2014. Alessandra Ambrosi0, 34, is a Brazilian model and mother of two. She has been working with Victoria's Secret since 2004 and has also signed other lucrative contracts in that time as well. Her contracts with H & M, Pinko, and her own clothing line with Planet Blue contributed to a large portion of her 2014 $5 million dollar income. Fun fact about Ale? In 2011 she walked the Victoria's Secret runway while pregnant with her second child, and also wearing then heaviest set (30 pounds!) of wings in Angel history!
8 David Gandy
David Gandy is considered "the" male model of the moment by many.The 35-year-old British model has worked with Dolce & Gabbana, Zara, Carolina Herrera, and has been in magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar UK, and GQ. In 2013, Gandy earned a reported $1.4 million, and as far as male models go, that's huge! Modeling is one of the only industries in the world in which woman earn more than men. In fact, female models earn 148% MORE on average than male models! His net worth is reported to be over $16 million, and will surely only grow with his continued success. And ladies, he's not married!
7 Hilary Rhoda
In 2014, Hilary Rhoda earned an apparent $5 million through different modeling contracts. Her 8 year Estee Lauder contract accounts for a huge portion of that, but she supplements her income from contracts with Helmut Lang, Totême, and Sarar. Rhoda, 28, is 5'11 and her stunning looks have helped her become one of the most highly coveted models of our time. She began her Estee Lauder contract in 2009, but before that, she got her start with Abercrombie and Hollister. She has since been on multiple Vogue covers, modeled for The Gap, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Victoria's Secret and more.
6 Natalia Vodianova
In 2006, Natalia Vodianova began a high-paying and very successful contract as the face of Calvin Klein's Euphoria which has led to her becoming a household name and to her face being instantly recognizable. Now 33, her career is as busy as ever, and she earned a reported $4 million in 2014. The Russian beauty has walked in over 300 runway shows, and has modelled for Chanel, Gucci, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and other fashion powerhouses. When she isn't modeling, she also does some acting, is deeply involved in philanthropic efforts, and on top of all that, she recently had her fourth child. She's also been the cover star of many iconic fashion magazines like Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.
5 Sean O'Pry
Sean O'Pry has become one of the most successful male models of all time, and it all began with MySpace, when he was scouted from his prom photos he posted to the site. The 26-year-old stunner is from Kennesaw, Georgia, and if you're thinking he looks "kiiiinda familiar" but you're not sure from where, take a closer look at Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" music video. When he isn't seen in insanely popular music videos, he models for Calvin Klein, Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and in 2011, he was named the face of Viktor & Rolf's Spicebomb fragrance campaign. He's unmarried, but chose to plead the fifth with any further details on his love life. Here's hoping he's single!
4 Carolyn Murphy
In 2014, Carolyn Murphy was the second oldest model to earn a spot on the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid models, earning a reported $4 million last year. She began her career at the age of 15, and now 39, she remains very successful. She has contracts with Estee Lauder, Massimo Dutti, Jones New York and she has worked with big names like Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Testino. She has also covered Elle, Vogue, and Love magazines multiple times. In fact, her big break came when she was featured on the cover of French Vogue, in May 1996 when she was just 20.
3 Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss, 23, earned her spot on Forbes highest paid models list in 2014 for the first time, with reported earnings of $4 million. Not only was Kloss a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2013-2015, but she's also Taylor Swift's bestie. Thanks to high-paying jobs with designers like Donna Karan, Coach, Dior, Hermes, Oscar de la Renta, and others. She is actively involved in the tech-world, and recently launched her own YouTube channel, Klossy, that gives fans and insider's look at her life and the modeling world. Kloss is another model who has appeared in a Taylor Swift music video; she had an appearance in Swift's star-studded Bad Blood video from earlier this year.
2 Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn, 25, was discovered in a park in her native England when she was just 16. In 2007, she made her runway debut, modeling for names like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Salvatore Ferragamo. She has a matching tattoo with model bestie Cara Delevingne, and her many friendships with other successful models mean her name is often found in headlines. In 2014, Forbes reported that she earned $4 million. The greatest portion of her income is a result of her lucrative contracts with cosmetic companies, including Maybelline and Burberry English Rose Cosmetics. Dunn is a single mother to one five-year-old son, Riley, and fellow model Karlie Kloss is his godmother.
1 Gisele Bundchen
No list of highest-earning models would be complete without supermodel Gisele Bundchen. She has been in the list of top-earning models for Forbes for several years, and she is the highest paid fashion model in the world. In 2014, she topped the list with reported earnings of $47 million dollars. If that isn't enough, she's married to super hunk and football star, Tom Brady. The 35-year-old Brazilian stunner has modeled for Alexander McQueen, Chanel, H&M, and Marc Jacobs. She was also one of the most popular Victoria's Secret Angels ever, which is no small feat. On top of her work in fashion, she supports environmental causes, is a Goodwill ambassador, and is actively involved in several other charitable programs. In 2015, she retired from the runway, but will continue to model in other avenues.