In ad campaigns, on fashion ramps, musicals and print media, we see models everywhere during our day. Of course, people pay attention to the glamorous supermodels over there but not to the thousands of struggles hidden behind them. After all, modelling isn’t just about size but a mindset and energy to manifest it.
For your inspiration, below mentioned are the leading supermodels of the industry.
20. Kate Moss
Once criticized for her waiflike figure, Moss is now one of the richest supermodels in the world. After being discovered by Storm Models Management, she rose to fame on collaboration with Calvin Klein. Also, Moss has her own picture book published by the name of Kate: The Kate Moss Story.
19. Alessandra Ambrosio
The 35-year old Brazilian model is one of the most popular Victoria Secret’s Angels. She made her debut as a cover girl for Brazilian Elle magazine. One of the highest paid models in the industry, Alessandra has also launched her own swimwear line by the name of Alessandra Ambrosio by Sais.
18. Hilary Rhoda
Raised in New York, the supermodel grew up fit by playing hockey and lacrosse. Hilary got her first modelling assignment with Bruce Weber when she was still in school. Before featuring in Sports Illustrated swimwear, the American model has posed for leading fashion and beauty brands like Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren etc.
17. Candice Swanepoel
Her arresting eyebrows, blonde hair locks, turquoise crystal eyes and oblong face cut were discovered by a model scout when she was just fifteen. Ever since 2010, Candice has been featuring in Forbes magazine as a topmost supermodel. She’s also the first model from South Africa to walk the ramp for Victoria’s Secret.
16. Adriana Lima
Talent doesn’t remain hidden, it comes out in attention some or the other way. The quadri-lingual model was spotted by judges of a beauty contest held in her school. Upon entering a number of beauty pageants, Lima moved to New York to pursue modelling. She’s known as the most valuable Angels of Victoria’s Secret.
15. Natalia Vodianova
Hard work do pays off. If you don’t believe, read Natalia’s story. From a fruit seller to fashion industry’s New Super, only she knows how her journey had been through. All we know is her 8-season, 7-figure Calvin Klein contract and her blue eyes, the fire of her struggle burning in them. Russians are famous for love, and so is she, the Russian model is the founder of a charity called Naked Heart Foundation.
14. Liu Wen
At the start of her career, Liu had been interested in tourism industry. However, her education and habits in her teenage years drove her to participate in modelling contests. Gradually Liu became the first Asian model to get featured in Forbes list of richest models and also the first Asian model to walk for cosmetics giant Estee Lauder.
13. Kate Upton
Best known for her swimwear shoots, Upton’s fame went viral after she started uploading her dance videos on Internet. The Florida-born model is one of the few to receive eminent awards in acting also. Her portfolio of Hollywood films includes The Layover, Disaster Artist, Three Stooges and The Other Woman.
12. Bar Refaeli
The Israeli supermodel is first of her kind to feature in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine and also as the richest models in the industry. The model-host-entrepreneur has also starred in the American-Israeli psychological thriller Session directed by Haim Bouzaglo.
11. Doutzen Kroes
Carrying a light-hearted and ambitious story of her career, Kroes is surely an epitome of the flow of life. Raised with a healthy lifestyle, Kroes aspired to be a speed skater. However, it was only when she was hunting a pocket money job that she stumbled upon Victoria’s Secret via a modelling agency, which gave a boosting kick start to her modelling journey.
10. Bianca Balti
Known for her signature sea blue eyes and killing midriff, Bianca is an Italian supermodel born in 1984. Her modelling career started when Alexi Lubomirski photographed her for the cover of L’Officiel. Since then she has been walking the ramp for popular women fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper Bazaar, Cosmopolitan as well in men’s like Playboy.
9. Lily Aldridge
Coming from a family line of fashion people, Lily is a born model. A fashion brand called Velvet Tees has even named one of their collections on her name. The American-British supermodel has also walked the ramp for Victoria’s Secret wearing their famous Fireworks Fantasy Lingerie collection made in Mouawad with an estimated value of two million dollars.
8. Karlie Kloss
Fashion, Technology, Nutrition, Dance, Acting, name any industry and you’ll find Karlie there. A leading supermodel, 24-year old Karlie has her own chain of gluten-free cookies called Karlie’s Kookies, for every sale of which donations are made to FEED Projects. When in school, the model was trained in ballerina that she believes has a major credit for her signature runaway walk. To surprise you, she’s a programmer too!
7. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Best known as the face of lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, Rosie had always been interested in modelling. As a kid, she was bullied by her classmates in Tavistock and at 16; she was doing the Levi’s commercial. However, she got her break after moving to New York City for a shoot with Teen Vogue magazine.
6. Irina Shayk
From music to marketing to modelling, Irina’s journey is like very few can stay persistent in. But she did. Modelling first gave a kick to her career when she participated in Miss Chelyabinsk 2004 Beauty Contest. From there, the Russian model became the face of the lingerie brand Intimissimi and she is with them ever since.
5. Miranda Kerr
As a kid she raced on motorbikes and horses, now she is a reason of racing heat beats of millions. With over 8 million fan following, in her first teen year, Miranda entered a magazine contest followed by small to medium assignments till she finally landed as one of the Victoria’s Secret angels.
4. Gissele Bundchen
A pioneer in horse walk, Bundchen is one of the highly adored supermodels by star celebrities in America. She is one of the few Brazilian models to spread ripples in the international modelling industry. She made her debut after appearing in the 2004 film Taxi.
3. Gigi Hadid
Named International Model of The Year 2016 by British Fashion Council, Gigi may be just three year old in modelling industry; her success seems to cut through all the odds. The fashion model has also acted in a couple of Hollywood films and popular music videos including Calvin Harris’s How Deep is Your Love and Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood.
2. Cara Delevingne
After being chained in the massive web of depression, Delevingne followed her sister’s career path into modelling. But today when you see this full-of-pep bubbly girl, you won’t find a speck of illness in her. She is the face of Burberry and has also walked for Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
1. Kendall Jenner
A model and a secret storyteller, Jenner is the middle of her nine siblings. Featuring in the hit show Keeping Up With Kardashians proved to be a breakthrough in her modelling career. She also holds a clothing line with her sister by the name of ‘Kendall & Kylie’