Gisele Bündchen Rides 2009 Top Money Making Models!

Gisele Rides Forbes Top Earning Model List
Gisele Rides Forbes Top Earning Model List

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of top earning fashion models.

We might be facing hard times…but these girls are gettin it in!

There’s been alot of talk lately about the end of the Supermodel era because actresses and athletes are now moonlighting as cover-girls and product spokespersons, shrinking the pie for the next “would be” Cindy Crawfords, Naomi Campells or Christy Brinkleys.

But, according to Forbes, the new generation of Top Models aren’t just depending on magazine covers and beauty contracts to get their paper.

While fashion magazines and retail brands still market their wares with stars from music and movies, models have moved off the runway in equal measure, expanding their brands into fashion, entertainment and philanthropy. The age of the multi-hyphenate model has replaced the age of the supermodel, giving the top girls more earning power than ever before.

These pretty ladies aren’t just sitting around waiting for Cover Girl and Maybelline to bless them with a spokes-model contract. These Models/Moguls are launching their own make-up and clothing lines; producing television shows; and inking endorsement deals on everything from soft drinks to cell phones.

True enough, the fashion and modeling industry has taken a big hit in this recession. But…

….the economy has increased the value of the versatile yet trademark beauty of those at the top of the industry. “After a few years of mixed results where the sole obsession was attaching the biggest name or celebrity to your brand, companies are searching for that face that won’t muddle their message,” says Chris Gay, president of Marilyn Agency, which represents Adriana Lima. “The models that possess that beauty are the faces everyone wants right now, but that’s a rare beauty.”

That being said, lets check out who’s holding down the top spots:

2009 2008
1. Gisele Bündchen – $25 million Gisele Bündchen- $35 million
2. Heidi Klum – $16 million Heidi Klum – $14 million
3. Kate Moss – $8.5 million Kate Moss – $7.5 million
4. Adriana Lima – $8 million Adriana Lima – $7 million
5. Doutzen Kroes – $6 million Doutzen Kroes – $6 million
6. Alessandra Ambrosio – $6 million Karolina Kurkova – $5 million
7. Natalia Vodianova – $5.5 million Natalia Vodianova – $4.8 million
8. Daria Werbowy – $4.5 million Carolyn Murphy – $4.5 million
9. Miranda Kerr – $3 million Daria Werbowy – $3.8 million
10. Carolyn Murphy – $3 million Miranda Kerr – $3.5 million
11. Emanuela de Paula – $2.5 million Isabeli Fontana – $3 million

With the exception of a few fresh faces, this year’s line-up is same as last year’s.

So maybe a couple of ladies down a milli or so from last year. These Models & Moguls aren’t doing too bad.

Source: Forbes.com

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