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Beauty-mint millionaires

By - | January 4th 2013

They may be tall and slender, but slender cannot be said about their bank accounts. Every year they continue to rake in millions from endorsement deals to catwalk appearances, here is the Forbes list of the top ten highest paid models in the world in 2012 as compiled by Shirley Genga

Gisele Bündchen

Made: $45 million (Sh3.8 billion)

She continues to hold onto number one the sixth consecutive year. The goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme currently holds huge endorsement deals with Pantene, Esprit and Versace, and also has her own line of sandals named Ipanema.  She is currently rumoured to be expecting her second child with her football star husband Tom Brady. Bündchen and her husband were named the world’s highest paid celebrity couple in 2011.

Kate Moss

Made: $9 million (Sh765 million)

  The ever-controversial British model is 38 and still raking in millions. She rarely appears on the catwalk, and instead, makes her millions from her deals with Rimmel, Longchamp, Mango and Vogue Eyewear. She also graces the covers and pages of the world’s biggest fashion publications, and has a number of perfumes from which she continues to receive income.

 Natalia Vodianova

Made: $8.6 million (Sh731 million)

The baby-faced model regularly appears in high fashion editorials, on catwalks, and currently features in campaigns for Guerlain and Calvin Klein fragrances. She is also founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, which builds playgrounds in under privileged areas in Russia.


Adriana Lima

Made: $7.3 million (Sh620 million)

 The 32-year-old Brazilian model’s earnings come from her work as a Victoria’s Secret angel and her modelling deal with Donna Karan and Mavi jeans — plus catwalk appearances.

 Doutzen Kroes

Made: $6.9 million (Sh586.5 million)

The 27-year-old Dutch model and actress was laughing all the way to the bank as she took home millions in 2012 thanks to her contracts with Victoria’s Secret, L’Oreal and Tiffany and Co.

Miranda Kerr

Made: $4 million (Sh340 million)

The hot wife of Hollywood superstar Orlando Bloom, has finally, managed to come out of her husbands shadow. Although she recently became a new mum, she was able to get back in shape in 2012, and get quickly back to work. Her millions come from profitable deals with Victoria’s Secret as well as brands like Reebok. She also runs her own organic skincare line called Kora Organics, which launched in 2009.

Alessandra Ambrosio

Made: $6.6 million (Sh561 million)

The mother of two raked in millions from her deals with Victoria’s Secret. Brazilian brands Colcci and Vivari have helped propel her to this list. She has been engaged to the father of her children, businessman Jamie Mazur since 2008.

Lara Stone

Made: $3.8 million (Sh323 million)

  The Dutch model who was first discovered in the Paris Metro while on vacation with her family when she was 14, has grown up to be an international top model. She has money deals with some of fashion’s biggest hitters like Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Prada as well as automotive company Mercedes Benz. She is currently married to British comedian David Williams.

Carolyn Murphy

Made: $3.5 million: (Sh297.5 million)

The American model’s millions are through contracts with Ann Taylor Loft and Tom Ford, among others. She has also been the face of Estee Lauder since 2001.

Candice Swanepoell

Made: $3.1 million (Sh263.5 million)

At age 23, the South African is the youngest model in the list. She continues to represent Victoria’s Secret as well as brands like Prabal Gurung and Rag and Bone.

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