The world's best paid supermodels
No. 10: Lara Stone with NZ $4 million - The Dutch-born blonde, who is married to comedian David Walliams, was discovered on the Paris Metro at 14. Now 29, the model's earnings took a small dip this year as she welcomed a son in May, although an extensive deal with CK jeans keeps her in the top 10.
No. 9: Candice Swanepoel with NZ $4.1 million - The blonde South African was discovered at 15 and is one of the most prolific Victoria's Secret angels when it comes to lingerie-clad appearances and sultry Instagram selfies.
No. 8: Joan Smalls with NZ $4.5 million - Puerto Rican Forbes list newcomer is Estee Lauder's first Latina ambassador and the most regular high-fashion runway model on this list. Her career began in 2010 when Givenchy picked her to walk for them, and it's only going up.
No. 7: Carolyn Murphy with NZ $4.6 million - The 38-year-old Florida native has wowed the modelling world with her classic All-American looks and consistent professionalism since she was 17: she has lucrative deals with Estee Lauder, Tom Ford (pictured) and Coach to name a few.
No. 6: Hilary Rhoda with NZ $5 million - The 26-year-old is in her seventh year with Estee Lauder, and she's still a regular on the runway for brands like Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret.
No. 5: Liu Wen with NZ $5.3 million - The 25-year-old is China's first real international supermodel, and was the first Chinese model to walk for Victoria's Secret. She has deals with brands like Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein and H&M, but her stocks are set to soar as her country's exploding fashion market is expected to triple in size by 2020.
No. 4: Kate Moss with NZ $7.1 million - The 39-year-old has bucked the trend of a model's earnings going down as they near 40 thanks to people's continued interest in her as a personality and her lucrative St Tropez (pictured), Rimmel, Versace and Vogue eyewear contracts. She's also likely to be making a mint out of her soon-to-hit-shelves Playboy cover.
No. 3: Adriana Lima with NZ $7.5 million - She's the longest running Victoria's Secret angel, having worked with the brand for 13 years - and so most of the devout-catholic Brazilian mum's earnings are down to a pretty sweet contract with the lacy brand.
No. 2: Miranda Kerr with NZ $9 million - While she's a long way off from number one, the Aussie's bank-ability soared this year - in part due to the fresh success of her 2009 beauty brand Kora - but mostly due to endorsement deals with Qantas, and particularly a flurry of deals with brands in Asia.
No. 1: Gisele Bundchen with NZ $52 million - The 32-year-old supermodel is at the top for the seventh year in a row. The true businesswoman recently replaced Beyonce as the face of H&M (cha ching!) and beat out Rihanna for a Chanel deal. Oh, and she also became a new mum. Her biggest moneymaker, however, remains her lingerie and accessories lines and her globally-hyped Ipanema flip-flops - and they're why she's double digits ahead of the rest.
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These are the world's true supermodels.
And the leggy lady who leads the rich list pack is digits ahead of the rest - so who is it?
Click through the gallery above to count down the 10 highest paid models in the world in 2013 according to Forbes' annual female model rich list.
Oh, and there are surprising omissions this year (*cough* Cara *cough* - obviously being an 'it' model doesn't necessarily translate to cash money).
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