Runway Royalty: World’s Top 10 Highest-Paid Models of 2023

These style icons not only strutted their stuff but also flexed their financial muscle.

From the catwalks of Paris to the bustling streets of Beijing, the world of modeling continues to showcase a diverse array of talents.

In 2023, the highest-paid models not only strutted their stuff but also flexed their financial muscle.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10, from seasoned veterans to rising stars, who reigned supreme in both influence and earnings:

10. Liu Wen – $19 Million

Hailing from China, Liu Wen holds her ground as one of the trailblazers in the modeling industry. As “China’s first legitimate supermodel,” she has graced the runways for iconic brands, leaving an indelible mark on the global fashion stage.

9. Joan Smalls – $19 Million

Breaking barriers as the first Latina model to represent Estée Lauder, Joan Smalls is not just a face; she’s a force. Her rise to becoming one of the highest-paid models is a testament to her talent and the growing diversity within the fashion realm.

8. Bella Hadid – $19 Million

Stepping out of the shadow of her famous sister, Bella Hadid has become a fashion icon in her own right. Crowned Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, her distinctive style and runway prowess have solidified her position among the industry’s elite.

7. Gigi Hadid – $20 Million

Gigi Hadid, a torchbearer for the new generation of models, continues to captivate the fashion world. Her versatility, seen in editorial covers and numerous campaigns, marks her as a dynamic and influential figure.

6. Adriana Lima – $30 Million

A veteran and an original Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima remains a force in the modeling world. Despite stepping back from her Angel wings, Lima continues to leave her mark with occasional fashion campaigns.

5. Cara Delevingne – $31 Million

Model turned actress, Cara Delevingne’s versatility knows no bounds. The British socialite has seamlessly transitioned between modeling and acting, earning her recognition and a spot among the highest earners.

4. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – $32 Million

Venturing beyond the catwalk, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has embraced entrepreneurship. Her business venture, Rosie Inc., showcases a multi-dimensional career that goes beyond modeling.

3. Gisele Bündchen – $33 Million

Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen continues to symbolize success in the modeling world. With a career spanning decades, she consistently ranks among the highest-paid models, garnering accolades and milestones throughout her journey.

2. Chrissy Teigen – $39 Million

From the runway to television and best-selling author, Chrissy Teigen’s career is a testament to her versatility. Hosting Lip-Sync Battle and diversifying her portfolio, Teigen remains a top-earning model with a strong presence in various entertainment spheres.

1. Kendall Jenner – $40 Million

Reigning supreme for the fourth consecutive year, Kendall Jenner is not just a model; she’s a mogul. Beyond the catwalk and campaigns, Jenner’s foray into entrepreneurship with 818 Tequila showcases her business acumen alongside her modeling prowess.

A constant presence on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jenner’s influence extends far beyond the fashion world, solidifying her status as a powerhouse in both fashion and entertainment.