NEW YORK Aug 18 With estimated earnings of $47
million during the past year from lucrative contracts and other
business ventures, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the
world's highest paid model for the eighth consecutive year,
Forbes.com said on Monday.
The 34-year-old wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom
Brady and mother of two young children easily outpaced her
closest competition, Dutch Victoria's Secret model Doutzen
Kroes, 29, with earnings of $8 million before taxes and fees,
and fellow Brazilian Victoria's Secret 'angel' Adriana Lima, 33,
with the same amount.
"The Brazilian icon pocketed $47 million in the last 12
months before taxes and fees," Forbes.com said about Bundchen,
adding that she made $16 million more than her football player
The model has contracts with fashion retailer H&M,
the French fashion house Chanel and designer Carolina Herrera,
among others, and has design deals for lingerie and sandals.
"Bundchen, who boasts 2.7 million Instagram followers, has
earned $386 million from modeling since 2001," according to
Forbes calculated the earnings from June 2013 to June 2014
for the models and looked at income from cosmetics,
endorsements, advertising and fragrance deals.
British model Kate Moss, 40, the face of luxury jeweler
David Yurman, was also among the top earners, bringing in $7
million, as did American model and Sports Illustrated magazine
covergirl Kate Upton, 22, who is a newcomer to the list and
rounded out the top five models.
Other newcomers to the list of the 21 highest paid models
who earned a combined total of $142 million include English
model Cara Delevingne, 22, and American Karlie Kloss, 22.
The full list can be found here
(Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Marguerita Choy)