Who are the best-paid models?

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The highest-paid models in the world have been revealed by Forbes magazine, and surprisingly Cara Delevingne doesn't make the top five. The top spot, by an enormous margin and for the 11th year in a row, is Gisele Bundchen, but there are some big names who have shot up the ranks this year and could challenge her next time round.

1. Gisele Bundchen ($30.5 million)
Along with the modelling day job, the 36-year-old model has huge endorsement contracts with the likes of Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Pantene - as well as her own lines of lingerie and skincare - which help put her earnings way ahead of her nearest rivals.

2. Adriana Lima ($20.5 million)
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This has been her biggest ever year. Along with taking the title as the longest-serving 'Angel' for Victoria's Secret, she also has a large number of endorsement deals pushing her income into the stratosphere.

3= Kendall Jenner (£7.7 million)
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The Kardashian clan member has seen her earnings grow the fastest this year: up 150%. It's thought that her enormous social media following (64.5 million Instagram followers) is a major draw for advertisers, who have signed her up to be the face and body of everything from underwear to make-up.

Then there's her catwalk appearances, and the money she makes from Keeping up with the Kardashians.
If she keeps increasing her earnings at this rate - in the same way as Kim before her - she could eventually be the one to knock Giselle off the top spot.

3= Karlie Kloss (£7.7 million)
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If the term 'hard-working' could be applied to any names on the list, it would be most applicable to Kloss, who has advertised for 18 brands during the year, and has become known for her catwalk appearances. Admittedly the term 'hard work' is probably a bit of a stretch even here, and there's still plenty of time for hanging out with Taylor Swift and updating social media.

5= Gigi Hadid (£6.9 million)

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Hadid racked up a small fortune by the age of 21 - thanks to an enormous number of social media followers, which has translated into major commercial bookings from the likes of Topshop and BMW. She's also known for her relationship with Zayn Malik, formerly of 1D.

5= Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (£6.9 million)

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The only Brit in the top five has added acting to her list of work this year, as well as her own lines of lingerie, perfume and make-up for Marks & Spencer.

Cara Delevingne made it to number 7, while Kate Moss was in at number 13.

Altogether the 20 best-paid models made $154 million in the year to June, and have around 200 million Instagram followers between them. It's pretty impressive for a group of people who wear clothes for a living - something the rest of us have managed to master for free in the first 15 minutes of the day.


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With earnings of $42 million in the year to June 2013, Gisele Bündchen is streets ahead of the competition, even though her earnings have fallen slightly from last year's $45 million. While Forbes calculates that her earnings from endorsement dropped a little over the last year, she picked up contracts for H&M, Chanel and the David Yurman jewellery firm. She also owns an eco-friendly cosmetics company, Sejaa, and a stake in high-performing Brazilian footwear firm Grendane. Gisele managed all this despite giving birth to her second child with her American footballer husband Tom Brady - whom she out-earns slightly - and isn't likely to lose her top slot any time soon.
While a long way behind Gisele, Australian Miranda Kerr - aka Mrs Orlando Bloom - managed a very respectable $7.2 million during the year, well up on last year's $4 million and seventh place. The figure was boosted dramatically by earnings from her Kora Organics skincare range, as well as deals with Qantas, David Jones, Lipton and Mango. And she's very big in Asia, with endoresement deals with EMODA, Samantha Thavasa and Clear.
Adriana Lima perhaps best personifies the Victoria's Secret effect, as the company's longest-serving Angel - three years and counting. It's where the bulk of her $6 million earnings come from, says Forbes. But she also has some lucrative endorsement deals, with brands including Miu Miu, Donna Karan and Mavi Jeans, helping her step up one place in the list since last year.
Liu Wen has appeared in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Estée Lauder, and last year became the first Chinese model to take part in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. New to the list, with earnings of $4.3 million, she's being tipped as one to watch - especially in China, of course.
Like Gisele Bündchen, Lara Stone took time out this year to have a baby with comedian husband David Walliams - possibly the reason she's fallen from eighth place last year, when she earned $3.8 million. Nevertheless, her exclusive deal with Kalvin Klein - she's modelled jeans, jewellery and accessories for the company - helped her to make $3.2 million during the year.
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