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Why Are These Ten Models So Valuable?

A list of the “Ten Most Valuable Models of the Year” was just released by The Daily Beast. Though the compilers based it on everything from earnings to ad campaigns to magazine covers, we’re going to explain it on an easier scale: according to awesomeness.


10. Carolyn Murphy

Let’s start with the tenth most awesome model, Carolyn Murphy. She looks like your cool aunt, provided that your cool aunt is also ridiculously gorgeous. Murphy’s cache is a little more mainstream, but she’s definitely on the classiest possible end of mainstream. Love her

9. Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr may err a little on the slack-jawed sexy side sometimes, but people full-on love her little Cupie Doll face. It’s made her a fixture in Victoria’s Secret catalogs and fashion shows. More importantly, though, she’s Australian, meaning that she has an Australian accent, which is badass. 

8. Natalia Vodianova
Natalia Vodianova has had babies. Three babies, actually. And she still looks like a super hot teenager, not a twenty-seven-year-old. For that alone, we um, salute her? Add to it her crazy-long career fronting for everyone from Calvin Klein to Stella McCartney and her childhood selling fruit in the streets in the USSR, and we’re even further impressed. 

7. Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington has been looking great on camera since the eighties. While her contemporaries (cough Naomi Campbell cough) have developed habits like throwing phones at people, Turlington remains as classy as she was on day one. She’s worked on the GAP Red project, anti-smoking activism and “would rather go naked than wear fur.” So yeah, she rates pretty high on the Awesome Scale. 

6. Alessandra Ambrosio
If you ask us, Alessandra Ambrosio is The Body. Dayum girl. 

5. Daria Werbowy
Daria Werbowy may not be as well-known as the Victoria’s Secret girls on this list, but you’ve definitely seen her if you read, well, any fashion magazines at all. Or see billboards. From H&M to Lancome, she always kills it. 

4. Doutzen Kroes
Aside from her fabulously well-known pout, we love Doutzen Kroes for not being quite as rail thin as most models. Yeah, the girl’s got a tiny little body like you wouldn’t believe, but she’s also got a bit of meat on those bones. We’ll take anything we can get. 

3. Adriana Lima
Flog me for saying it, but I used to think that Adriana Lima was just a poor, horny man’s Alessandra Ambrosio. Her recent crossover from underwear to high fashion in Givenchy’s fall campaign, however, kind of made me eat my words. She achieves the ultimate goal of a fashion model: chameleon-like adaptability. 

2. Kate Moss
Do we really need to explain this one? From the moment she was shot in her skivvies at fifteen for Calvin Klein, Kate Moss has been non-stop. She is a brand more than a model at this point. Also, Johnny Depp dated her. There is no better endorsement. 

1. Gisele Bundchen
From Dior to Longchamp to Victoria’s Secret, Gisele Bundchen has essentially done it all. And her legs are maybe 20 feet long. And she’s married to Tom Brady. And now we’re just jealous. Get it, girl! 

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By Lily Q for TheFrisky

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