January 21, 2013

The world of the supermodels – we can be biased for our favourite, but Forbes knows the number one

Doutzen Kroes

What is it that turns a beautiful girl into a model is probably a mix of luck, talent, work and a wealth of other factors difficult to quantify. What are the its that turn a model into a supermodel are the number of and which covers she has made, the number of and what fashion houses she has run for, the number of and for whom she has been in the campaign of, and a wealth of other factors difficult to quantify. Yet, the most easily measurable method of the super factor in a supermodel is through the money made from fashion and modelling.

Just as in a stock market, the value of each model gets to accumulate into gains reflecting, as much as the fashion market economy can allow it, the fame and marketability of each supermodel.

And the index for the models stock market that seems to have established itself over the years, is Forbes. For their 2011-2012 income, ranking at the top are

1 Gisele Bündchen, with USD 45 million

2 Kate Moss, USD 9.2 million

3 Natalia Vodianova, USD 8.6 million

4 Adriana Lima, USD 7.3 million

5 Doutzen Kroes, USD 6.9 million

followed by Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Lara Stone, Carolyn Murphy and Candice Swanepoel.

I took the liberty of trying to influence the ranking of my favourites, Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima, by including their photos in this article, but the models making headlines these days are Natalia Vodianova and Constance Jablonski.

Natalia Vodianova, the beautiful Russian supermodel, is to contribute, through her Naked Heart Foundation, to the building of a playground in Liverpool. It is the cause she has been passionate about, starting her charitable activities by the setting up of similar playgrounds throughout Russia.

Constance Jablonski, yet to become a supermodel, is, according to the New York Post, the object of a law dispute surely worthy of this status. It is USD 3.3 million that Marilyn Model Management and DNA agencies are litigating over, following the Victoria’s Secret model’s switching of agents. The world of the top models is just as glamorous as it has always been.

Adriana Lima


Photo sources: glitterazi.com, zimbio.com