Kendall Jenner Is Forbes’ Highest Paid Model Of 2018

Andie Manahan

December 14, 2018

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Forbes has hailed Kendall Jenner this year’s highest paid model!

Kendall has been making waves in the fashion industry ever since she kicked off her modeling career. And now, the 23-year-old beauty is on top of the world – earning more than any other model!

Within the period of June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018, Kendall has made some pretty big bucks in modeling, which includes lucrative partnerships with brands like Estee Lauder, Adidas and Calvin Klein, among others – earning an estimated total $22.5 million in 12 months!

While this is still before all the taxes and fees are deducted, the amount is still pretty impressive. And collectively, the world’s 10 highest paid models actually are earning more than they did last year. They made a collective total of $113 million, slightly higher from 2017’s $109.5 million collective total.


Here are the Top 10 Highest Paid Models in 2018.

  • Kendall Jenner ($22.5 million)
  • Karlie Kloss ($13 million)
  • (tie) Chrissy Teigen ($11.5 million) & Rosie Huntington-Whitely ($11.5 million)
  • (tie) Gisele Bundchen ($10 million) & Cara Delevingne ($10 million)
  • Gigi Hadid ($9.5 million)
  • (tie) Bella Hadid ($8.5 million) & Joan Smalls ($8.5 million)
  • Doutzen Kroes ($8 million)


Cara, Joan and Doutzen are returnees to the list. Adriana Lima, Ashley Graham and Liu Wen dropped off from last year’s.

So, where’s Kylie? Wasn’t she poised to become the world’s youngest billionaire?

The youngest Kardashian-Jenner is still making the big bucks – an estimated $166.5 million before taxes in the same time frame, but that’s from her business, Kylie Cosmetics.


The amounts indicated on the list are based on income from partnerships with cosmetics, fragrances and other contracts. And they’re just estimates “sourced from interviews with numerous managers, agents, brand executives and industry experts,” according to Forbes.

So, that’s probably not all they’re making this year. Like Kylie, many of them have also branched out into other industries.

Karlie leveraged her social media platform to advocate for coding – founding the non-profit Kode, which aims to teach girls the basics of computer programming.

Chrissy has been busy with her gig on Lip Sync Battle, as well as her cookbook and cookware line.

Rosie has also delved into the beauty industry, with her own beauty website, Rose Inc.

Cara continues to chart a path in acting – she was in the movie Valerian, and will also be in the Amazon Prime Video series Carnival Row.

Kendall also has their reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.


Big sis Kim Kardashian couldn’t be more proud of her sister, sharing the article on Twitter and writing,

Way to go, Kendall!