Kendall Jenner Is the Highest-Paid Model of 2018 After Earning $22.5 Million in a Year


Kendall Jenner is the highest-paid model in the world for the second year in a row, according to Forbes. The reality-star-turned-runway-favorite earned $22.5 million in the 12 months before June 2018, topping big names like Gisele Bündchen, Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen, and her friends, Bella and Gigi Hadid.

Jenner has major modeling contracts to thank for her hefty salary. She’s landed deals with brands like Adidas, Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, and others, Forbes reports. The 23-year-old holds a strong lead, as Karlie Kloss comes in second with $13 million—which Forbes attributes to her deals with Swarovski, Adidas, Away luggage, and more.

Bündchen, whom Jenner dethroned as the highest-paid model in 2017, fell from second place to fifth in 2018, where she’s tied with Cara Delevingne at $10 million. The runway vet released a memoir this year (Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life) amidst starring in ads for Stewart Weitzman and Brazilian brands.

Highest-Paid Models of 2018:

1) Kendall Jenner: $22.5 million
2) Karlie Kloss: $13 million
3) Chrissy Teigen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: $11.5 million
5) Cara Delevingne and Gisele Bundchen: $10 million
7) Gigi Hadid: $9.5 million
8) Bella Hadid and Joan Smalls: $8.5 million
10) Doutzen Kroes: $8 million


Forbes also reports that popularity online and on social media may help models branch out to other businesses. “Your social media page is your magazine of your life, so how you represent yourself matters. If you’re going to crossover you have to have a vision for it,” IMG Models President, Ivan Bart, told the outlet. For context, Jenner boasts 100 million followers on Instagram alone.

And although Kendall may be the highest-earning model, she’s not quite the highest-earning Kardashian-Jenner. Her beauty mogul sister, Kylie Jenner, has an estimated net worth of $900 million and made $166.5 million in the year before June 2018, Forbes reports.


From Harper’s Bazaar US

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