Modeling industry is a very competitive space of work for everyone - models, photographers, designers and many others. Just very few people from them achieve something amazing and earn great money. In the case of models - the ones who earn large amounts of money may be considered as best models of the world, as their faces and bodies are famous in every continent, and respectable companies are ready to pay a lot to have them on their products ads. Who are these models (female models) with the greatest success and money? According to many magazines that choose top 100 of best world models every year - and here's the top ten.
First place till now belongs to the gorgeous and well-known Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen. She is known as the highest-paid model in the world. Gisele was even included on the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's richest model" with a net worth of $150 million. Since her great career started Gisele Bundchen already appeared on world's most famous fashion companies' advertising campaigns such as Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Givenchy, Bvlgari, Guerlain, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Zara, Chloe, and Louis Vuitton. She brought milinions to these companies and they helped her to achieve this great success.
Second place belongs to best known as the Victoria's Secret beauty - Heidi Klum. She is not only a famous German supermodel, but also an actress, TV presenter, fashion designer, television producer, singer and artist. Heidi Klum became well-known for modeling for Sports illustrated Swimsuit Issue and, of course, Victoria's Secret catalogs. Now, she is in the top ten of the most famous and richest models not just from modeling but she earns more from her jewelry line, perfume, and highest-profile project - television show, Project Runway, which airs on Bravo and has been nominated for an Emmy.
Tyra Banks is the world's most accomplished African-American model. She is very inspiring because of her determination and passion for things she does. She doesn't even model any more. Now she gives her all power to her work as a television producer. And that is a reason why she is number three in the top of well earning models. She started as Victoria's secret successful model and she is moving to a much wider market of entertainment industry.
Kathy Ireland is one more model from those who became largely famous as a result of being a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. It has been noticed that being a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model remains a prototype of how to turn a modeling into a successful business. That's what Kathy did. She puts her name on everything - from home sofas to window blinds, and this business brought her to the 4th place.
Christy Turlington is an American supermodel, best known as Calvin Klein fragrances model since 1987. She had million dollar contracts with companies like Maybelline Cosmetic, Chanel and Giorgio Armani, has appeared in several movies about the fashion industry. Now Christy designs two lines of clothing marketed through sports wear company Puma. Christy Turlington doesn't like to be called a 'supermodel'. She is largely respected in the whole fashion industry as one of the most professional models in the business because of her honesty and friendly character.
Sixth place belongs to well known model and actress originally from Ukraine - Milla Jovovich. In 1994 The Forbes magazine named Milla as the highest paid model in the world. She was on the top with a great $10.5 million. But now, Milla Jovovich, a famous face of the cosmetics giant L'Oreal (working with them from 1998), is at the sixth. Moreover now she is becoming more famous as an actress. And actually the biggest part of her money comes from acting in Hollywood movies.
Iman is one more great and rich model in all modeling industry. As a model from Somalia, a natural-born beauty, Iman is more famous from late '70s and early '80s. This gorgeous lady started her own cosmetics and beauty company for women of color in 1994. Iman was an instant success in the fashion world and worked with the most famous fashion designers such as Yves. St. Laurent, Versace and Calvin Klein. In total as a model she worked 14 years.
Naomi Campbell - the first black model who appeared on the covers of Time magazine and French and British Vogue gained great success in fashion world very quickly. She was found on London streets when she was only fifteen years old and got her first photo shoot for British Elle cover. She was fast to conquer the fashion industry and become an international celebrity. She is still one of the best-known and successful black female models in all over the world.
Cindy Crawford is another famous name in modeling industry. Cindy started her modeling career at the age of fifteen. After three years, she competed in Elite Model Management's look of the Year competition and was in the top 15 best finalists. Cindy appeared on over 600 magazines covers worldwide and is still one of the most famous and bests models in the world.
Elle Macpherson, an Australian supermodel and actress,became an international top model through her appearance in Elle magazine. She is a Sports Illustrated hottie as well as many other famous supermodels. Elle was considered one of the most beautiful people of the world (People magazine, 1995). This lady also owns a lingerie trademark "Elle Macpherson Intimates", and is involved in some other bussineses.