It'll be a long time before any other model will nab anything like the $25 million dollar Victoria's Secret mega-contract that put Ms Bundchen on the map five years ago. Though she has since then moved in from the brand Gisele still looms as the highest earning model on the planet at an estimated $33 million for 2006 and remains one of the only two models who actually can move mags on the newsstands.
She has been a model with one of the most impeccable booking records of recent times with every single campaign being as prominent and as blue chip as they come (Prada, Prada fragrance, Gucci, Chanel, YSL, Missoni, Vuitton). Add to that major covers and a near monthly Only Girl rotation in US Vogue and Vogue Paris at her height and then the grand ring of a Lancome contract. Flawless!
The supermodel with the fastest rise to the top of the industry is indisputably Natalia Vodionova, converting the cachet of a Calvin Klein contract into full-on celebrity via her Vanity Fair profiles and Only Girl July 07 Vogue cover.
The signature face of Estee Lauder Cosmetics and its array of blue chip fragrances has capped off a dream editorial career with a dream contract. Her longevity has been a masterpiece of management on the part of her very devoted agency.
The definition of an icon? That would be the ability to return to the industry after a hiatus to log campaigns, covers and editorials aplenty for clients ranging from Purple to Vogue Paris, Chanel and Ferragamo. Such is the pristine proposition that is Schiffer.
Fashion's favorite blueblood proves her worth with a steady stream of blue chip campaigns ranging from Chanel to Celine. And to think this quintessential muse landed in NY almost a decade ago with a shocking nose ring as a signature statement. She's legendary now.
Raquel Zimmerman has taken her mutable beauty, her absolute professionalism and her ability to inspire editors, photographers and designers to the ultimate heights of her career. This is the face of longevity, grace and inarguable elegance. Of such things are icons made.
The current top 20 icons as ranked by models.com for FW 2011. These rankings were made around August 2011. The rankings may change soon so I wanted to archive the current rankings by creating a list. All information credited to models.com