14. Liu Wen – earned $4.5 million in 2015
Rising to fame in 2008, Liu Wen became the first model of Chinese origin to walk for Victoria’s Secret and to be the face of Estée Lauder.
In an essay written for Vogue, Liu credited her success to accidental great timing, appearing on catwalks when “important brands had begun to pay fervent attention to the Chinese market.” Liu is still the face of La Perla, Massimo Dutti, H&M, and is the face of countless Chinese campaigns too. Her earnings have dropped since 2014 as she begins to take a step back from modelling.