By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Forbes has released its highest-paid models of 2014 list, and Brazilian powerhouse Gisele Bündchen is number one yet again with about $47 million in earnings. The 34-year-old has scored first place since 2002, non-stop, and she shows no signs of slowing down.
Bündchen’s enormous earnings make her the biggest blinged out catwalking machine in the world. Truth be told, though, she’s mostly raking it in thanks to savvy business deals with H&M, Chanel, and Carolina Herrera, as well as the nice cut she receives from Brazilian shoemaker Grendene. As the leading lady on Pantene hair products and Oral-B, it’s surprising to find that she makes time for the United Nations, where she serves as a Goodwill Ambassador. Bündchen also sits on the board of the non-profit conservation group called the Rainforest Alliance, saving nature’s wilderness and endangered creatures.
Bündchen’s megabucks put her lightyears ahead of fellow Brazilian bombshells Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima, who come in 2nd and 3rd with $8 million each. 29-year-old Kroes earned her moola from places like L’Oreal cosmetics, H&M catalog work, and a Calvin Klein fragrance advertisement, while 33-year-old Lima was the face of Maybelline, worked with Veet hair removal, and got an endorsement boost from AMAZONIA water.
Rolling into 4th with $7 million is 40-year-old British beauty queen Kate Moss, who served as the face of luxury jeweler David Yurman, collaborated on fashion lines sold through the UK’s retailer Topshop, and also did campaigns for Kerastase haircare products and St. Tropez self-tan. As for 5th place, 22-year-old American model Kate Upton rocked it with $7 million, with projects ranging from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to her movie debut in the The Other Woman, which grossed $194 million globally.
Image of Gisele Bundchen courtesy of Tiago Chediak on Flickr. Image of Doutzen Kroes courtesy of Georges Biard on Wikipedia. Image of Adriana Lima courtesy of Adam Bielawski on Wikipedia. Image of Kate Moss courtesy of Laura Loveday on Flickr. Image of Kate Upton courtesy of Peter Ko, Phoenix Business Development, Inc. on Wikipedia.