Forbes magazine has been busy calculating the worth of young celebrities, and just released a list of the Highest-Paid Stars Under 30. They’ve also occasionally tallied up the incomes of assorted supermodels. But we’ve had to do some digging to come up with this list of the youngest models to currently be cashing in like old tycoons. It’s not easy becoming a top-earning model under 30, either. Many ladies hit their high-earning years around the age of 32–and it’s pretty much impossible to run with the big girls until you’re at least 20 years old. That’s why Gisele Bündchen didn’t become the world’s highest-paid model until recently reaching the ripe old age of 31. Anyway, here are five gals who literally have a penny for every time some guy has stared at them–and they’re not nearly as old and haggard as Gisele! (Just kidding, Gisele. Call us.) Now check out these amazing galleries and start staring more at these babes with big bucks…
There’s a lot of money to be made in being a Victoria’s Secret Angel. This 27-year-old gets very close to making $7 million a year–as she’s also pulling in the big bucks posing for companies like L’Oreal. The only thing more amazing than her bod is that she’s kept racking up the big bucks after becoming a MILF in January of 2011.
This lovely Aussie is another Victoria’s Secret model whose money is the root of all awesome. The darling with the major-league dimples makes $4 million a year modeling for sexy brands like Reebok(!), and also has her own line of skin care products–which might come in handy when she turns 30 in April of 2013.
She’s making a little under $4 million a year, but 28-year-old Lara is probably feeling pretty good about herself. The built blonde with the cutest teeth in the biz is working for companies like Calvin Klein, Prada, Donna Karan–and only Doutzen Kroes keeps her from being the top-earning Dutch supermodel!
This 23-year-old newcomer hasn’t wasted any time busting into the top tier of modeling. Candice is now making just over $3 million dollars a year–mostly propelled by the success of her work with Victoria’s Secret, of course. Before it’s over, Candice might be as the most valuable object ever discovered in a flea market! (Seriously, that’s where a photographer first ran into her.)
She’s only 28, but Daria has already had some years where’s she’s pulled in over $4 million in billings. She still does a lot better than plenty of other models with bigger name recognition. If she’s towards the bottom of this list, it’s only because Daria frequently indulges her wanderlust by taking a break–like when she spent two months in 2011 touring Central America.
Technically, Brooklyn might be making a little less than our beloved Kate Upton in the modeling biz. The beautiful blonde has been earning just under $2 million a year–but we’re going to add in Brooklyn’s income as an actress from this year’s Battleship and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Don’t get upset if you think that’s unfair–it doesn’t look like this 25-year-old will be getting many offers from Hollywood in the future.