The older of the “Jenner girls” broke away from the pack to create her own life and career as a high fashion model, surpassing now-retired Gisele Bundchen, supermodel extraordinaire and wife of Tom Brady, as the highest-paid catwalk model in the industry.
Considering the business of beauty is cutthroat and fashion brands have their pick of gorgeous, sought-after models, there are a chosen few though, who are even hotter on the heels of Jenner, but where do they compare in 2021? Let’s find out!
Updated on May 25, 2021, by Michael Chaar: The modeling industry is only getting more and more competitive. While seasoned models such as Adriana Lima, Chrissy Teigen, and Gisele Bundchen still find themselves earning millions, it’s the business newbies that are taking over. From Kaia Gerber, the Hadid sisters, all the way to Kendall Jenner herself, the new wave of supermodels is here to stay. In 2021, Kendall remains the highest-paid model, earning herself a whopping $40 million annually, which is only expected to go up after the release of her 818 tequila brand.
The 24-year-old began at age 14 with a gig for Rocker Baes. Two years later she was on the cover of Teen Vogue and cat-walking for Donna Karan, Vera Wang, and Victoria’s Secret.
Many magazine covers later, the Proactiv spokesperson represents Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, La Perla, and Marc Jacobs, plus has lucrative contracts with Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Estee Lauder, Pepsi, and Calvin Klein, which certainly puts her at the top of the leaderboard earning a whopping $40 million annually
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Chrissy Teigen – $39 Million
While she is definitely up there, Chrissy appears to be a million short when it comes to taking the top spot! The star is actively expanding her and her hubby, John Legends family, however, she’s still got the time to model and all for a whopping $39 million a year.
In addition to making a name for herself following her Sports Illustrated debut, Chrissy has since gone on to host TV shows, write books, and of course, keeps us all laughing online!
Rosie Huntington-Whitely – $32 Million
This English Rose is actually worth 40 million thanks to her own series of lingerie, make-up, and fragrances lines for department store Marks & Spencers as well as joint finances with actor-husband Jason Statham.
The career of this stunning entrepreneur spans 18 years and has included campaigns for Burberry, Victoria’s Secret, and Ugg’s, all of which pay the model a whopping $32 million per year.
Adriana Lima – $31 Million
The former beauty pageant winner has spent the past decade as the ambassador for Maybelline cosmetics and appeared in TV commercials. The Brazilian beauty is the longest-running Angel in Victoria’s Secret history.
The major fashion magazine cover girl began her career with Guess and moved on to Louis Vuitton, Versace, Armani, and Prada, where she collects her stunning $31 million per year!
Cara Delevingne – $31 Million
Much like Adriana, British model, Cara Delevingne also earns herself an impressive $31 million annually. The two-time Model of the Year is also a singer and focusing on acting, as well as modeling.
Since making her debut at 10 years old, she and her signature eyebrows have appeared in shows for major fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Mulberry, and Jason Wu, and ranked 13th on AskMen’s list of Most Desirable Women.
Gigi Hadid – $20 Million
Jenner’s BFF is coming up quickly and any minute could overtake her highest-paid title. Deals with Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger, BMW, and Topshop, the 2016 International Model of the Year started her career when she two years old.
Her endorsements are for top name brands and walks in every major show, but makes time to support charitable organizations. While she continues to earn $20 million a year, Gigi is now focused on motherhood after welcoming baby with Zayn Malik earlier this year.
Bella Hadid – $19 Million
Gigi’s younger sister is 24 years old and represents Dior Beauty. Pretty impressive for someone who started in 2014 walking in the Desigual show. A year later, the Mui Mui model was on the cover of Seventeen.
The Bulgarie and Tag Heuer ambassador also walks for Chanel, Fendi, and many more during Fashion Week in Paris, New York, and Milan, which earns Bella over $19 million per year, which is practically on par with her older sis, Gigi.
Joan Smalls – $19 Million
In addition to Bella earning her massive salary, Joan Smalls also earns a whopping $19 million annually. The face of Estee Lauder is of Puerto Rican descent and clocks more time on runways than her colleagues--talk about sought-after.
The Moschino fragrances ambassador has worked with all the big-name beauty brands including an endorsement deal with W Hotels. Philanthropy is also part of CV especially if the charity involves children, like Project Sunshine.
Liu Wen – $18 Million
The first model of East Asian descent to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has garnered contracts with Estee Lauder and represented high-end clothing brands such as La Perla, Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor and Rolf, Chanel, and Hermes on the runway.
Doutzen Kroes – $17 Million
The Dutch doppelganger of a young Grace Kelly--is also an actress (and supporter of the international initiative Dance4life which raises awareness and promotes the prevention of HIV/AIDS.)
The Victoria’s Secret Angel and face of L’Oréal has been a cover girl for Time, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle to name a few, all of which contribute to her $17 million annual earnings.
Karlie Kloss – $13 Million
One of America’s most beautiful catwalkers (born in Chicago in 1993 and married to Ivanka Trump’s brother-in-law Joshua Kushner) boasted being a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2011 to 2014 and eventually became the face of several major brands such as Nike, Lancaster, Donna Karan. The Vogue cover girl is also an entrepreneur, who earns herself on average, $13 million per year!
Kaia Gerber – $6.5 Million
The 2018 Model of the Year made her runway debut in 2017 and has since walked for Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Chanel, Versace, Moschino.
Gracing the covers of Vogue and Teen Vogue, all led to becoming the face of the Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance as well as Louis Vuitton and creating her first collection KarlxKaia with Karl Lagerfeld. Kaia is expected to surpass her mother, Cindy Crawford sooner than later, and is already on the right path earning $6.5 million annually.
Ashley Graham – $5.5 Million
Walking the New York Fashion Week for Michael Kors adds to the list of luxury brands like Nordstoms, Liz Claiborne, and Levi’s represented by America’s Next Top Model judge, who also wrote the memoir A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like.
Ashley remains the only plus-size model to make the list, earning an impressive $5.5 million per year, and has graced the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Glamour, and Elle, proving herself to be a force to be reckoned with.
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