- Four of the models that walked in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show have made Forbes’ list of the highest-paid models in the world in 2017.
- Despite a chaotic lead-up to this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, the iconic show went off with the usual bang.
- There were a few notable absences, like supermodels Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner.
Forbes has released its ranking of the 10 highest-paid models in the world in 2017 – and four of the models who walked in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion show have made the list.
The annual event took place in Shanghai, China, Monday, and will be broadcast on November 28.
The iconic show, famed for its dramatic, colourful, and skimpy outfits, is one of the most prestigious gigs a model can land. Gaining your “angel wings” – intricately designed pairs of wings given to the most highly regarded models in the show – is a whole other privilege.
Despite a chaotic lead-up to the fashion show which saw a number of models reportedly be denied Chinese visas, it went with the usual bang helped by entertainment from Harry Styles, Miguel, and Leslie Odom Jr.
Despite missing the show, Jenner has been crowned the world’s highest paid model by Forbes, billing an impressive £16.6 million ($US22 million) over the course of the year thanks mainly to deals with Estee Lauder, La Perla, and Adidas, as well as her own clothing line. She earned more than double anyone else on the list, and casually knocked Gisele Bündchen off the top spot for the first time in 15 years.
Hadid came in at fifth place, earning a a cool $US9.5 million (£7.1 million) over the year despite not appearing in the show. Her younger sister Bella, who did walk in Shanghai, was also ranked among the top 10 highest earners this year.
Meanwhile, Joan Smalls, Taylor Hill, Candice Swanepoel, and Lily Aldridge all missed this year’s $US5.5 million (£4.1 million) threshold to be ranked among the top 10.
Scroll down to discover the top billing models to walk in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, ranked in ascending order.
*The earnings are an estimate based on income from all modelling contracts, both from Victoria Secret as well as other companies.
4. Bella Hadid – $US6 million (£4.5 million)
21-year-old Hadid was the youngest person to make the highest earning models list this year. She came in at ninth place overall. Her wealth comes from contracts with brands like Dior, Nike, and Nars, according to Forbes.
Hadid’s Instagram @bellahadid has an impressive 15.7 million followers.
3. Liu Wen – $US6.5 million (£4.9 million)
Chinese-born Liu Wen became the first Asian model to take to the VS runway in 2009. 29-year-old Wen makes her money working with brands like luxury lingerie maker La Perla and Puma, and was the eighth highest-paid model overall in 2017, according to Forbes.
Her Instagram @liuwenlw has 3.4 million followers
2. Karlie Kloss – $US9 million (£6.8 million)
Kloss returned to the runway for this year’s Victoria Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai. The 25-year-old has covered Vogue 36 times, Forbes reports, more than each year of her life. She came in as the seventh-highest billing model in the world overall.
Her Instagram @karliekloss has seven million followers.
1. Adriana Lima – $US10.5 million (£7.9 million)
Brazilian-born Adriana Lima is the longest-serving Victoria’s Secret Angel ever, and was the highest-paid model in 2017 to walk in this year’s show. She was the fourth highest-earning model in the world overall, thanks in part to lucrative contracts with Sportmax and Marc Jacobs fragrance.
The 36-year-old has 11.3 million followers on her Instagram account @adrianalima.
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