For the life of me, I still don’t know how fashion models get to become famous and rich. I mean, some of them are not really super-pretty or super-sexy. In fact most of them are bony from head to foot, which is not really my cup of instant three-in-one coffee.
But some of them are really the stuff that men’s fantasies are made of — but unfortunately, they’re not the ones on top of the standings.
This is Adrianna Lima, who should be the one on top of the standings if I were the sole judge of beauty and sexiness, but she’s just No. 4 in Forbes’ list. See the pictures of the other top models below.
Just take a look at the world’s top three models, according to Forbes.com.
Gisele Bundchen tops Forbes.com’s list of the world’s richest models, earning $33 million in the last 12 months. The Brazilian supermodel came ahead of Kate Moss, who placed second, and Heidi Klum, who placed third on the list.
Bundchen, 26, parted ways with Victoria’s Secret in May and will see her lucrative contract with the lingerie brand expire at the end of the year.
This is Alessandra Ambrosio, Number 2 on my list, but Number 5 on Forbes.
Still, she boasts “more contracts than any other model on the planet,” Forbes.com said, and has appeared in campaigns for high-end brands including Apple, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli.
Moss, who recently launched a clothing line at British fashion retailer Topshop, ranks second with $9 million. The 33-year-old fashion icon is the new face of fashion label Stella McCartney and Italian sportswear company Belstaff.
This is Gisele Bundchen, Number 1 on Forbes, just Number 3 in my list.
Klum, 34, placed third with $8 million. She is a Victoria’s Secret spokesmodel and host of Bravo’s “Project Runway.”
Two more Victoria’s Secret beauties — Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio — rounded out the top five with $6 million each. Ah, these two girls are definitely more beautiful and sexy than the three top models. If only I were a model judge…
Adriana and Alessandra were followed by Carolyn Murphy ($5 million); Natalia Vodianova ($4.5 million); Karolina Kurkova and Daria Werbowy (both $3.5 million); Gemma Ward ($3 million); Liya Kebede ($2.5 million); Hilary Rhoda and Shalom Harlow (both $2 million); and Doutzen Kroes and Jessica Stam (both $1.5 million).
This is Heidi Klum, Number 3 in Forbes’ list, Number 4 in mine.
In ranking these catwalkers, Forbes.com said the editors considered not only the model’s looks but also their “relevancy” — determined by recent campaigns, fashion magazine covers and opinions of those in the fashion industry — where necessary.
Below is Kate Moss, Number 2 in Forbes, not even within top 10 in my list!