Gisele Bundchen is the World's Top-Earning Model

Take that, Heidi (#2) and Kate (#3)!

Gisele Bundchen is the World’s Top-Earning Model

Take that, Heidi (#2) and Kate (#3)!

-Jane Farrell

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

It pays to be a supermodel. In the last year, Gisele Bundchen, the world’s top-earning model, brought home $25 million. Her husband, hunky NFL quarterback Tom Brady, earned just $5 million, prompting a sports columnist to call him “a kept man.” Just kidding, Tom!

Number two on the list is Heidi Klum, who earned $16 million, while Kate Moss, at number 3, earned $9 million. The earnings period covered was from June 2009 to June 2010.

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According to Forbes.com, which compiled the list, fashion houses and retailers are sticking by the models they know best during the current recession instead of going with a new model who might not be as popular with customers. For example, Victoria’s Secret hasn’t added a new Angel to its lineup in the last two years, the website reports. And a decline in magazine advertising has led to fewer editorial pages for new models to break into.

The rest of the list includes Adriana Lima ($7.5 million), Dutch model Doutzen Kroes ($6 million), Alessandra Ambrosio ($5.5 million), Natalia Vodianova ($5.5 million), Daria Werbowy ($4.5 million), Miranda Kerr ($4 million) and Carolyn Murphy ($3.5 million). (Huffington Post)

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