It's official: Gisele Bundchen is the 1%. According to Forbes, Gisele Bundchen is officially the highest paid model in the world, raking in a cool $45 million. The 31-year-old Brazilian supermodel makes most of her cash off of endorsement deals including Versace, H&M, Pantene, and Esprit -- just to rattle off a few. And it doesn't look like anyone's going to steal the catwalk crown from Bundchen anytime soon … she won by a major landslide, with 38-year-old Kate Moss coming in a distant second, earing a paltry $9.2 million.
We give Bundchen major props: she's made a household name for herself and clearly works hard. But … here's the head-scratcher: she makes more than four times what Kate Moss earns. And it's not like Moss is sitting around eating bonbons (clearly), she also has a ton of endorsement deals under her belt including TopShop, Rimmel London, Mango, and Longchamp.
So is Bundchen really worth $35 million more than modeling veteran Moss, or does she just have a super savvy manager? Both these models are in major demand, but what accounts for this insanely large earnings gap? Other than Moss, all the models on the Forbes list were Victoria's Secret models making less than $10 million.
You may be thinking: What about Heidi? 39-year-old Heidi Klum (who earns $20 million) was left off the list because Forbes only ranks models that make their money solely off of modeling contracts, and Klum is her own business empire.
So what do you think? Does Gisele Bundchen deserve to make $45 million? Do some of the other models on this list need a raise? Discuss in the comments section below.
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