Modelling is a tough industry that keeps the people involved on their toes. But it can be highly rewarding too. If one is able to grab enough exposure and a few great deals, the industry will make you super rich. There are even rags to riches stories in this industry. Now take a look at the 15 highest paid models as of 2017.
15. Doutzen Kroes – $5 million
At number 15 of the 15 highest paid models of 2017 is Doutzen Kroes – A Dutch model and actress. When she was young Kroes aspired to be a professional speed skater. When a little older, she went to work for Paparazzi Model Management in the Netherlands who sent her to New York City. From then on she has never looked back. Kroes currently works with L’Oréal and has featured on the covers of Time, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Glamour, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Dazed & Confused, Avantgarde, and Numéro. Kroes is also a former Victoria’s Secret Angel. She actively supports international initiative Dance4life.
14. Alessandra Ambrosio – $5 million
Alessandra Corine Ambrósio is a Brazilian model and actress. Ambrpsio had started taking modelling class at the age of 12. When she was 14, Ambrosio gained recognition after 1996 Elite Model Look national competition. Ambrosio is currently one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels and was the company’s first spokesmodel for the “PINK” line. In the past, Ambrosio is also known to have modelled for Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Next, Christian Dior etc. She has appeared in numerous international magazine covers and in advertisements for eminent brands. Currently Ambrosio serves as an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
13. Kate Moss – $5 million
Kate Moss is an English supermodel. Born in Croydon, Surrey, she was discovered in 1988 at age 14 by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK Airport in New York City.
Arriving at the end of the “supermodel era”, Moss rose to fame in the early 1990s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend. Her collaborations with Calvin Klein brought her to fashion icon status. She is known for her waifish figure, and role in size zero fashion. She received an award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards to acknowledge her contribution to fashion over 25 years. Moss is also a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue.
Moss has had her own clothing range and has been involved in musical projects. She has won accolades for modelling. In 2007, TIME named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She has inspired cultural depictions including a £1.5m ($2.8m) 18 carat gold statue of her, sculpted in 2008 for a British Museum exhibition.
She received media scrutiny for her party lifestyle and drug use. Drug allegations beginning in late 2005 led to her being dropped from fashion campaigns. She was cleared of charges and resumed modelling. In 2012, she came second on the Forbes top-earning models list, with estimated earnings of $9.2 million in one year.