The richest Victoria's Secret models

Not all Victoria's Secret models are created equal. While breaking into the business can be a lot of hard work and many models struggle to make ends meet, the blessed few who make it to the big leagues and find success cash in big time. And, of course, one of the most prestigious gigs a model can land is working for Victoria's Secret, whose models are known as some of the most beautiful on the runway. Many Victoria's Secret models have gone on to fame and fortune, catwalking all the way to the bank.

Victoria's Secret models aren't just some of the most recognized and celebrated names in the modeling industry, but also in the world. Many of them have become household names. Just how rich are they? The most successful models to have worked for Victoria's Secret are worth tens of millions of dollars. From runway models to the elite VS Angels, here are some of the richest Victoria's Secret models and their net worths.

Candice Swanepoel's dreams came true as a Victoria's Secret model

South African model Candice Swanepoel started modeling at the age of 15, and she made her debut as a Victoria's Secret model in 2007. In 2013, she modeled the $10 million gem-encrusted "Fantasy Bra" in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Swanepoel's net worth is worth more than two of those expensive bras, coming in at a staggering $25 million. 

Modeling for Victoria's Secret was a dream come true for Swanepoel, but not necessarily because of the status boost it brought her. "I remember going to the casting for the show [in 2007] and being so nervous because I wanted it so badly," she told W magazine. "And then once I was at the show — I took my mom with me, flew her from South Africa — I saw that kind of family vibe that they had. I'd been traveling alone for so long, and when I saw that, I said to my mom, 'I want this so badly, I just want to be a part of something.' Not just being alone in the fashion industry."

Victoria's Secret model Bella Hadid has a lot to smile about

It would be easy to assume that Victoria's Secret models Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid are rivals, but that couldn't be further from the truth. "Most of the time our markets are completely different," Bella told Harper's Bazaar Arabia (via Elle). "And if we get booked on a job and she gets it or I get it, we're both happy for each other." She continued, "There's no reason for us to be mad at each other or competitive. So if she gets it, then good for her."

It seems that the Hadid sisters are close and are quite supportive of each other. Of course, it doesn't hurt that both of them are among the richest Victoria's Secret models in the world. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bella Hadid doesn't have quite as much money as her sister, but she's still worth a respectable $25 million. Who needs to fight when you're worth millions?

Victoria's Secret model Gigi Hadid had trouble adjusting to fame

Gigi Hadid is Bella Hadid's older sister, and she's also the one with the higher net worth. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Victoria's Secret model has a net worth of $29 million. She has been spotted on the Victoria's Secret runway several times, but, while Hadid is one of the world's most recognizable celebs, adjusting to fame hasn't been easy for her. "I always wanted success for myself," she told Variety. "I wanted to support myself. I wanted to get to a place where I could have creative freedom and start to have more power to shape my life. Fame is something that I deal with and learn about every day."

Hadid said that she often felt her life was not in her "control," adding, "Obviously, people judge you. People can create a headline or an opinion about someone based on a small moment or a mistake." Fortunately, Hadid has continued to transform over the years.

Karlie Kloss stopped being a Victoria's Secret model for a surprising reason

Supermodel Karlie Kloss surprised the modeling world in 2015 when she left Victoria's Secret. Kloss was studying feminist theory at New York University's Gallatin School at the time and decided that VS was no longer in line with her values. "The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria's Secret was I didn't feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful," she told Vogue in 2019. "I think that was a pivotal moment in me stepping into my power as a feminist, being able to make my own choices and my own narrative, whether through the companies I choose to work with, or through the image I put out to the world."

Ending her run as a Victoria's Secret model so abruptly didn't harm Kloss' career as some might expect, though. She's still one of the richest models in the world with a net worth of $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely got her big break as a Victoria's Secret model

British model Rosie Huntington-Whitely started modeling at 16, but prestigious gigs like walking the Victoria's Secret runway seemed out of her reach for some time. "I spent years and years as a catalogue queen," she told Net-a-Porter. "I did so much catalogue work ... For years I couldn't get a job in high fashion or luxury."

Finally, she got her big break as a Victoria's Secret model in 2006, and the rest is history. Huntington-Whitely said that she could finally be herself at VS. "With Victoria's Secret, you were celebrated for being a woman and ... for being feminine and having a personality — laughing and being approachable," she said. "I would go to castings in my teens and the response that I got from my agent was: 'They think you're too much of a personality, you're too happy and wholesome,' and I'd just be like, 'What? Well, f*** them, I don't want to work with them anyway.'"

Rosie Huntington-Whitely's hard work paid off. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has a fortune of $30 million.

Victoria's Secret model Kendall Jenner is one of the highest-paid models in the world

It's no secret that Kendall Jenner, along with the rest of the Jenner-Kardashian clan, has plenty of money. While some of her fortune comes from the years she has spent on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which has seen a number of uncomfortable moments over the years, a lot of her $40 million fortune is from modeling, including from gigs strutting down the runway as a Victoria's Secret model. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jenner has been modeling since she was 14 years old, and she left high school in order to continue her career, eventually becoming one of the highest-paid models in the world. She reportedly made $22 million between June 2017 and June 2018 alone. 

Making that sum even more impressive was the break Jenner took during the 2017 season. "Last season I didn't do any shows cause I was working in LA and I was like 'Oof, I can't right now — I'm gonna go crazy,'" she told Love magazine (via Independent) in 2018. "I was on the verge of a mental breakdown."

Liu Wen was the first Victoria's Secret model from East Asia

Liu Wen got her start in China. She became the first East Asian model to walk the catwalk for Victoria's Secret. She also became the first Asian to make the Forbes list of highest-paid supermodels. Wen stumbled into modeling by accident, winning a contest that she had entered in order to win a new computer in 2008. "I didn't have a clear goal [at the time] — I just wanted something that would allow me to travel around the world," she told Business Insider

Wen said that at 5'10", she was much taller than most of her classmates and developed a habit of hunching over, something that her parents hoped modeling would cure.

Not only did Wen stop hunching her back, but she also became one of the wealthiest models in the world. According to Celebrity Net Worth, this groundbreaking Victoria's Secret model has a net worth of $40 million.

Miranda Kerr was the first Australian Victoria's Secret Angel

Miranda Kerr notably won a modeling competition at the young age of 13. It's not surprising, then, that her early success translated to a vast fortune. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kerr is worth $45 million. She first planned to go into psychology and nutrition, but later decided to focus on her modeling career. In 2007, she became the first Australian to become a Victoria's Secret Angel. 

Kerr, who's considered to be one of the most beautiful supermodels in the world, translated her modeling success into a thriving business, KORA Organics. Her body has changed over the years, and the mom of two is fine with it. "It's really important as women that we're gentle with ourselves and don't feel like we have to snap back into shape after a baby," the Victoria's Secret model told Marie Claire in 2018, after the birth of her second child. "It's OK, I've got a mum-bod and it's fine!"

Alessandra Ambrosio was one of the longest-serving Victoria's Secret models

Alessandra Ambrosio isn't just one of the richest Victoria's Secret models — she's also one of the longest-serving Angels in VS history. That would be impressive enough without the surprising revelation that Ambrosio maintained her physique without working out when she first started working for the brand. "In my family, no one ever worked out," she told Net-a-Porter. "It wasn't until I did my first Victoria's Secret show that I started exercising."

That's already enough to make us jealous, but then there's also Ambrosio's enviable net worth. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ambrosio has a cool $60 million. 

For the record, the model does exercise these days and believes it's part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. "Now that it's a healthy, normal part of my daily routine, my kids will grow up seeing it in the same way, and I love that," she said.

Naomi Campbell didn't want to become a Victoria's Secret Angel

Considered one of the original supermodels, Naomi Campbell was a celebrated model of the 1980s and 1990s. She was also one of the most groundbreaking, especially in terms of diversity. According to Vogue, she was the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris (in 1988), as well as on a September issue of Vogue US (in 1989).

While many Victoria's Secret models dream of becoming a Victoria's Secret Angel, Campbell wasn't interested, even though she had done some modeling for the brand. As Campbell told The Sun (via People), Victoria's Secret "could not afford [her]."

There aren't many models who could afford to turn down such a high-profile gig, and even fewer who would want to. Campbell, though, is one of the richest models in the world. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the former Victoria's Secret model is worth $60 million, and it's clear that she has a keen business sense.

Claudia Schiffer went from a small-town girl to a successful supermodel

It was her resemblance to the iconic actress Brigitte Bardot that helped Claudia Schiffer break into the modeling industry, but the German model quickly became an icon in her own right. She became one of the biggest names of the '90s, even though not everyone was sure she'd be successful at first. Schiffer was an introverted 17-year-old when she was discovered. "There I was, trying to be superman when in real life I was Clark Kent," she told Vanity Fair. "When I told my friends I was moving to Paris to be a model they laughed and said, 'That's funny, you're never going to survive' because I was so shy. But I realized when I had makeup on there was a transformation and I didn't feel like shy Claudia from a small town, and I could do outrageous things."

Not only did Schiffer survive, but she thrived. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the once-shy supermodel, who is one Victoria's Secret model who looks totally unrecognizable today, is worth $60 million.

Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima wasn't always so confident

As hard as it is to believe, Adriana Lima wasn't born with natural confidence. The model may, according to Celebrity Net Worth, be worth $85 million, but she had to work on building up her self-esteem. "I can't say that when I was younger I was totally confident," the wealthy Victoria's Secret model told Byrdie. "The industry is hard, and when you're an unknown model, you could either get great jobs or be rejected. Rejection is never easy, but you have to have grit in order to keep going and hold your head high."

Success helped Lima build up her self-confidence, as did becoming a mom. "Becoming an adult and having children has helped me become more confident in who I am as a woman," she said. "I've become more self-aware and understanding of my strengths on a deeper level, which helps me become more confident on the outside. So my best advice is to forget everything and everyone, and just feel good."

Tyra Banks is one of the most successful Victoria's Secret models

Tyra Banks has one of the most famous names — not just in the modeling industry but in the world, period. From the Victoria's Secret catwalk to America's Next Top Model, to her acting career, Tyra Banks is iconic. There's no doubt that Banks is successful, but just how much money does she have in the bank? According to Celebrity Net Worth, this celeb has a net worth of $90 million. 

Banks' fortune can be attributed not just to her wild success, but also to her good money management habits. "Even before my career, I was a saver," the former Victoria's Secret model told Money. "My brother was a spender, I was a saver. I would hold onto it forever and dole it out slowly. My mom explained to me the importance of real estate and that typically in Los Angeles it's going to appreciate. While a lot of models were partying it up and going shopping and buying a closet of designer clothes or staying at the top hotels during fashion week, I was at the Doubletree or Embassy Suites, saving my money, and bought a house at 20 years old. She explained to me investing is super important."

Victoria's Secret model Hedi Klum won't let age stop her from rocking a mini skirt

Heidi Klum is one of those names that you can't help but know, whether you pay attention to the modeling world or not. You might know her as a Victoria's Secret Angel, or as a judge on America's Got Talent, or as a fashion designer — Klum is a woman of many talents. The German model burst on to the scene in 1992, and, since then, she has become internationally famous.

The poised and confident model isn't letting ageism stop her from living her best life. "Maybe people are looking at me, thinking, 'You're still wearing miniskirts at 44?'" she told You Magazine in 2017. "I'd say to them, 'Yeah, because that's who I am and that's my choice, to rock the look. If you don't want to, that's your choice.'"

Klum's determination to do things her way has certainly paid off. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the one-time Victoria's Secret model is worth $120 million.

Victoria's Secret model Gisele Bundchen overcame a lot to amass her fortune

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen is wildly successful. According to Celebrity Net Worth, this Victoria's Secret model has a whopping net worth of $400 million. Born in 1980, Bündchen has had decades to amass her massive fortune as she first got started in the modeling industry as a teenager, when she was discovered by a modeling agency. Bündchen is married to NFL player Tom Brady, another multimillionaire, whose $180 million fortune puts the power couple's combined net worth at more than half a billion dollars. 

Bündchen's success story is made even more inspiring by how much she has had to overcome in her life. In 2018, Bündchen told Good Morning America that she used to suffer from debilitating panic attacks, and she had even contemplated taking her own life. "That [time] was definitely rock bottom for me," she said.

Thankfully, Bündchen's mental health has improved drastically since that difficult time, and it's safe to say that she is now living her best life.