SA's Candice is coining it
South African model Candice Swanepoel has again made the Forbes Top 10 models list - with earnings estimated at R26-million for the year from May 1 last year.
The list was released this weekend. The 23-year-old Victoria's Secret model - only the biggest names, such as Adriana Lima, Heidi Klum and Miranda Kerr have that job on their CVs - is the youngest on the list, which is topped by Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen, who is the only model earning more than R80-million a year.
Though Swanepoel has age on her side, she has a long way to go to rival Bundchen's bank account.
Bundchen earned R376-million during the year. She has not been out of the top spot in the past eight years.
Last year Forbes reported that the Brazilian might become the first billionaire supermodel, and also her country's first, self-made, female, billionaire, thanks to her line of sandals with Grendene - one of the globe's leading makers of synthetic footwear.
She has also launched her own lingerie company.
Swanepoel, spotted eight years ago at a flea market in Durban, has been featured on the covers of Vogue, Elle, GQ and Harper's Bazaar.
She can list Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Givenchy and Jean-Paul Gaultier as among her clients, having modelled for them at the Paris, New York and Milan fashion weeks.
Apart from Bundchen, Swanepoel is listed with Carolyn Murphy, who made around R29-million, Dutch model Lara Stone, with R31.7-million, Miranda Kerr (R33.4-million), Alessandra Ambrosio (R55-million), 27-year-old Doutzen Kroes - also Dutch - (R57.6-million), Adriana Lima (R61-million), Natalia Vodianova (R71.9-million), and British model Kate Moss at R76.9-million).
Bundchen was also at the top of another Forbes list this year.
She joined husband Tom Brady on the world's highest-paid celebrity couples list with a joint R635-million, ahead of Jay-Z and Beyonce (R602-million).
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (R418-million), David and Victoria Beckham (R376-million) and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (R334-million) followed.