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The 16 Highest Paid Supermodels in the World

They’re the face (and body) of the world’s biggest lifestyle brands.  They are supermodels, and they aren’t cheap.  They are the top paid models in the world, arguably the most beautiful women from across the globe.

To salute them and their pocketbooks, here is a list of the 16 highest paid supermodels in the world…

16. Liya Kebede

This 30-year-old Ethiopian stunner has made quite a name for herself in the world of modeling.  Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Liya Kebede earned her break in 2000, when Tom Ford offered her an exclusive contract for a Gucci fall/winter fashion show.

Since then, she’s been a frequent covergirl, a regular on the catwalk and one of the modeling world’s top earners– pulling in $1.5 million last year alone…

15. Hilary Rhoda

Not to be confused with Hillary Rhodham (whose image would entirely ruin this list), this 21-year-old supermodel is the face of the Estee Lauder brand of cosmetics.  This and her editorial/runway work has earned her around $2 million a year, which ties her as the 14th highest paid model in the world.  Born and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Hilary Rhoda had worked to become an athlete, which didn’t hurt her chances of have the right form to be a model.

14. Valentina Zelyaeva

Being the face (and body) of campaigns for L’Oreal and Ralph Lauren certainly can’t hurt– as it can bring in nearly $2.3 million a year in contracts.

Russian model Valentina Zelyaeva’s 7-year deal with Ralph Lauren has brought her into the ranks of the elite, putting her on the covers of magazines like Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

13. Selita Ebanks

This 25-year-old Cayman fireball is as well-known in the model world as she is in celebrity dating gossip mags.  She’s been linked to rapper Kanye West, to New York Giants lineman Osi Umenyiora and to douchebag Nick Cannon.  But we salute Ms. Ebanks for her talent of selling clothes and taking breaths away, a talent that earned her $2.7 million last year alone.

12. Gemma Ward

Australian model and actress Gemma Ward has been talked about quite a bit this year.  The nearly six-foot blonde was dating actor Heath Ledger up until his untimely death prior to the release of 2008’s The Dark Knight.

Personal life aside, Ward has been contracted by brands like Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vouitton and others, earning her $3 million– and the 12th spot on our list.

11. Isabeli Fontana

The first (and certainly not the last) beautiful Brazilian on our list, reknown supermodel Isabeli Fontana had a rather quiet year last year.  While raising her newborns, Fontana took some time off– but still managed to pull in $3 million.  She’s back at it now with a fresh set of contracts, enough to push her up much higher on the list in the years to come.

Wait a minute, back up– this body just had two kids?  Unreal.

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