Forbes Highest Paid Models 2010

I guess if you make any of the “Forbes Highest” list, you’re doing pretty damn good…especially during a recession.  Money is tight and companies that typically use big name models to promote their items, have resorted to using some untested faces.  Although the industry is strapped for cash, these models are recession proof.  Here are the world’s highest paid models.  I guess Halle Berry was right, he is a loser for only making 700k. *shrugs*

Gisele – $25 million

Aside from starring in campaigns that included True Religion jeans and Dolce & Gabbana, she has her own sandals line–Ipanema by Gisele. In Vogue‘s April cover story, Bündchen touted environmental causes. She reportedly donated $1.5 million to the Red Cross for Haiti

Heidi Klum – $16 Million

Beyond the television fame, Klum remains a longstanding member of the Victoria’s Secret Angel entourage while also hosting Germany’s Next Top Model and endorsing a slew of products, including Diet Coke, Volkswagen, McDonald’s and LG.

Kate Moss – $9 million

One of the world’s most influential fashion icons; at 36, she’s built herself one of the most lucrative modeling careers in the world.  Moss remains the face of Versace, Longchamp and David Yurman, among others. In November she got flack from eating disorders’ support groups for telling Women’s Wear Daily, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

(uummm this is a sought out look for modeling? No comment)

Adriana Lima – $7.5 million

Yet another Victoria’s Secret angel atop the list, the Brazilian beauty got her start as the winner of the Ford model competition “Supermodel of the Year.”

Doutzen Kroes – $6 million

Seen recently on the catwalk during fashion week for Prada, this Dutch beauty retains a lucrative contract with coveted cosmetics brand L’Oreal. Former holder of lucrative Calvin Klein Eternity and Calvin Klein White Label.  She’s the last angel to sign with Victoria’s Secret 2 years ago.

Alessandra Ambrosia – $5.5 million

In the past year the Brazilian has scored gigs with high fashion labels including Louis Vuitton, Prada and Moschino. Victoria’s Secret contract plus Latin American deals keep the cash rolling in.

Natalia Vodianova – $5.5 million

Rags to riches Russian model continues to live the American dream. A contract with lingerie company Etam and lucrative fragrance campaigns with Guerlain and Calvin Klein helped the 28-year-old pull in $5.5 million over the last year.

Daria Werbowy – $4.5 million

Lancome and H&M contracts lead a string of lucrative endorsements.

Miranda Kerr – $4 million

The Australian model collects fat checks from Victoria’s Secret and David Jones Limited.

Carolyn Murphy – $3.5 million

Murphy is once again the only American model on our list. The blonde is still going strong at the ripe old age of 36. Aside from her contract with Estée Lauder, she’s been campaigned for Roberto Cavalli, Anne Klein.  It pays to be the face of Estée Lauder.

They’re kinda average looking when they’re not all dolled-up on the runway.  That check isn’t average at all, though.  Do your thing ladies.

I would like to see these endorsers have a more diverse “looking” group of models.  I don’t think people realize how powerful these images are to young girls around the world.  If every image of beauty is being sold as these 10 faces, then what are little Asian girls thinking?  Or little Latina girls? Or black girls?  These companies need to start giving more of an accurate image of what this planet looks like.  Ijs.

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