The Top 5 Highest Paid Models in the World 2014

Forbes recently released its highest-paid models list in the last 12 months between June 2013 and June 2014, proving that flawless genes and stellar business sense are a winning combination.

The list tracks pre-tax earnings for all models, who make the majority of their income rather than acting or singing, but through modeling including cosmetics and fragrance contracts, advertising, endorsements and other ventures, based on interviews with numerous managers, agents and brand executives.

Here are the top 5 highest paid models of 2014:

Kate Upton – $7 million

It’s been a very good year for Kate Upton. A newcomer to the highest-earning models list, Upton cashed in on her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers with a lucrative Bobbi Brown cosmetics contract and Express clothing line signing. Upton was signed after a video of her performing a popular dance known as the “Dougie” at a sports game went viral; she has since landed campaigns for Sam Edelman, David Yurman and Accessorize. Upton, whose curvaceous figure may once have made her an unusual choice for high fashion shoots, has proved her detractors wrong — the 22-year-old took home an estimated $7 million paycheck before taxes and fees. Her 2014 silver screen debut, The Other Woman, grossed $194 million worldwide.