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Kendall Jenner Takes Gisele Bündchen’s Spot as This Year’s Highest-Paid Model


Kendall Jenner walks the Versace Spring 2019 runway

Kendall Jenner walks the Versace Spring 2019 runway; Image: Imaxtree

Since 2002, Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen has ruled the runways, magazine covers and ad campaigns. But after 15 years, her title of World’s Highest-Paid Model has been passed on to none other than Kendall Jenner.

This year, Jenner served as the face of such brands such as Estée Lauder, La Perla, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu and Adidas. She also walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret, Fendi, Missoni, Moschino and Versace (to name a few) and appeared on numerous magazine covers. According to Forbes, Jenner has earned a whopping $22 million this year. Bündchen’s endorsements earned her $17.5 million this year, modeling for such brands as Carolina Herrera fragrance, Stuart Weitzman and Vivara jewelry.

Besides her name and family background, Jenner is making even more brands line up thanks to her Instagram following, which is currently at 100 million, making her one of the most-followed models this year.

Earlier this year, Jenner came under fire for her controversial statements in Love Magazine: “Since the beginning we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season or whatever the fuck those girls do. More power to ‘em. But I had a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else. The whole combination was very overwhelming and I started to freak out a little bit and needed to take a step back,’ says the 22-year-old, admitting that she “was on the verge of a mental breakdown.” 

Other models that made this year’s list include Chrissy Teigen, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Ashley Graham. See below for the top 10 list highest-paid models, according to Forbes: 

  1. Kendall Jenner, $22 million
  2. Gisele Bundchen, $17.5 million
  3. Chrissy Teigen, $13.5 million
  4. Adriana Lima, $10.5 million
  5. Gigi Hadid, $9.5 million
  6. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, $9.5 million
  7. Karlie Kloss, $9 million
  8. Liu Wen, $6.5 million
  9. Bella Hadid, $6 million
  10. Ashley Graham, $5.5 million

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