By KJ Mariño
The year 2015 is over but did you know that four Latina supermodels dominated the list for the World’s Richest and Highest Paid Models? Based on the annual Forbes list, the top 10 richest supermodels include Victoria’s Secret Angels Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, who are all Brazilians, and Joan Smalls, the first Puerto Rican or Latina model to represent Estee Lauder.
The world of fashion has been one of the most challenging industry to get involve in. Supermodels have to face daily pressures and the shallow standards when it comes to beauty and body size. But today, the criteria of being on the runway may have gradually evolved. Social media have also transformed the modeling industry through expanding the models’ popularity and brand.
So, here are some interesting things about the richest Latina models in the world, as listed by The Richest.
Bundchen is a 35-year-old Brazilian supermodel and the wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. She is an estimated net worth of $360 million and an annual salary of $40 million. She started modeling at the age of 13 and was officially launched as a model at 16, during the 1996 Fashion Week. She also became one of Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 until mid-2007 and pioneered the “horse walk.” Since 2004, she has been the highest-paid model of the world. Last year, she announced her retirement from the runway.
This 34-year-old Brazilian supermodel has an estimated net worth of $65 million and her annual salary is $9 million. She started modeling at the age of 15 after winning Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” competition. Lima is best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000. She was previously married to retired professional basketball player Marko Jaric.
Smalls is a 27-year-old Puerto Rican model who became the first Latina model to represent Estee Lauder cosmetics. She entered the world of fashion in 2007 and has an estimated net worth of $13 million. She was first noticed at the age of 13 after joining local modeling competitions. Aside from modeling, Smalls has also appeared in music videos including Ricky Martin’s “It’s Alright” vid. Her name was also mentioned in Kanye West’s song, “Christian Dior Denim Flow.”
Ambrosio is a 34-year-old Brazilian model best known for her work as one of the infamous Victoria’s Secret Angels. She has an estimated net worth of $50 million. She has been in the fashion industry since the age of 12. Ambrosio is also often cited by the popular media as one of the world’s sexiest women. And in May 2007, she was named by People magazine as one of the World’s 100 Most Beautiful People in their annual list. Aside from being a model and a devoted mom, she has also appeared in several hit shows including “Entourage,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Project Runway” and “Gossip Girl.” Ambrosio is also a philanthropist and a National Multiple Sclerosis ambassador.