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These Are the Highest-Paid Models in the World

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Forbes has unveiled its list of 2015's highest paid models. Gisele Bündchen once again comes out on top — only made more impressive by the fact she was reportedly retiring this year. Bündchen is followed by another model who was rumored to be done with the industry, Cara Delevingne. The list also welcomes Kendall Jenner into its ranks for the first time ever.

Bündchen has been ranked as the highest-paid model on Forbes's list every year since 2002, and she is still raking in way more money than any of her peers. The supermodel's annual income is pegged at $44 million. That figure makes the $9 million brought in by runner-ups Delevingne and Adriana Lima look like chump change.

Jenner is also on the list — ranked 16th — with a reported $4 million in annual earnings. These figures do not include the money models make off extra-curriculars, like acting (for Delevingne) or appearing on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (for Jenner). Instead, the rankings are based on earnings made off of contracts with cosmetic and fragrance brands, advertising appearances, and endorsements.

IMG Models president Ivan Bart credits Delevigne's quick rise up the rankings and Jenner's spot on the list to social media. "We're getting to a point where image visibility is more potent — it's not just the money you earn," he told Forbes. "Kendall's generation is more influenced by digital media than television, magazines or any other forms of advertising."

Meanwhile, Bündchen has amassed her fortune the old-fashioned way through lucrative deals with Chanel, Carolina Herrera, and Under Armour. She is also making money off her lines of jelly sandals and underwear with Brazilian footwear brand Grendene and Hope lingerie, respectively.