From celebrity endorsements to television hosting, viral video advertisements, cosmetics campaigns, music videos, magazine covers and product launches, 2013 has indeed shaped up to be a very lucky year for many fashion models and supermodels.
A testament to the rebirth of the supermodel, Fashion Week events worldwide saw tremendous growth in 2013. Our own LA Fashion Week hosted designers and models from around the globe during a 3-week period in the month of October.
In a year filled with celebrity hook-ups, break-ups and births, iconic fashion models have shined bright as some of the most spotted and spotlighted ladies in the headlines, with many supermodels reportedly reaching salaries into the millions.
Oxygen's reality show The Face premiered in February 2013, and one of the '90s greatest supermodels, Naomi Campbell, made the Biggest Comeback of the Year as its host. The modeling competition series was so successful, it is set to return in early 2014 for Season 2.
Heidi Klum eats a big fat hamburger
The 'Most Watched Supermodel' of 2013, Heidi Klum, started the Spring season by finishing off a big Carls Jr. burger in a commercial modeled after the concept of Mrs. Robinson meets the Fabulous Baker Boys. Between commercial and fashion modeling gigs, television show hosting, and reality competition judging, Heidi Klum was one of the top 3 earning supermodels of the year, and unarguably the most viewed.
Although we haven't yet seen the big screen debut of Cara Delevingne, one of the biggest agencies in Hollywood, William Morris signed her in 2013, making her the best supermodel-turned-actress of the year. So, who are we to argue?
Leighton Meester named the new face of Biotherm
While Blair Waldorf fans everywhere mourned their first year absent the CW hit series Gossip Girl, its leading lady Leighton Meester landed a cosmetics contract with Biotherm, making the former Ralph Lauren teen model the best actress-turned-supermodel of 2013.
Karlie Kloss 'kills it' in Tamara Mellon video
Winner of best performance in a WTF video goes to Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss, star of the 2013 Tamara Mellon debut campaign. Having a 6'1" supermodel wear amazing new legging boots, we get it. The bloody hands, missed calls, raw meat? We don't get it. But hey, we love it anyway.
Kate Upton lip-syncs to a man's voice
As a follow-up to her 2013 magazine covers for Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and VanityFair, Model of the Year Kate Upton earned the lip-syncing top spot of 2013 when she starred in a viral video for Hot Pockets alongside Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg). The 'you got what I eat' lyrics grew on fans and waged a war over who would win the battle of Team Meat vs. Team Cheese.
Tyra Banks hosts first Top Model girls and guys competition in Cycle 20
Top-rated television host of 'Top Model' Tyra Banks is also among the list of top 10 Supermodel earners for 2013, reportedly making a salary of over $90 million for the year. With a figure like that, it's no wonder the host of America's Next Top Model has men and women standing in long lines all over the world for a chance to be just like her.
Christie Brinkley launches line of wigs and hairpieces
This year fans were shocked to learn that Christie Brinkley uses hairpieces to bump up her 'do, but once the shock wore off they were delighted to learn they could look just like her, making her Hair2Wear line of Christie Brinkley wigs our top product launch of 2013. After all, who wouldn't want to look like one of the most famous supermodels of all time?
Coco Rocha announces new child modeling legislation in New York
Coco Rocha takes the honor of Best Change Artist for 2013, but not for anything she did backstage in a dressing room. The supermodel co-star of The Face Season 1 had the honor of announcing big changes to child modeling laws in New York, something she had fought for in her work with the Model Alliance.
Cindy Crawford shows the One Direction boys how to work it
As if charity events, scenic bike rides, and passing on pretty darn close to perfect genetics to her daughter Kaia weren't enough to earn Cindy Crawford the title 'Mother of the Year' she sure did pull it off on 1D Day. During the pre-Thanksgiving 7-hour live streaming marathon of nothing but One Direction and friends, Cindy showed Harry Stiles and Liam Payne how to work the runway like a pro.
Candice Swanepoel rocks the Royal Fantasy Bra
What better way to welcome the holidays than watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. When CBS aired the pre-taped fashion show on December 10th, it opened with top model Candice Swanepoel wearing the 2013 Royal Fantasy Bra valued at $10 million while walking the runway to a live tune by Fall Out Boy to grab a spot on our list for Best Use of Bling in 2013.
The Supermodel MVP (most valuable personality) for the year 2013 goes to Gisele Bundchen. The top earning supermodel of 2013 visited a teen battling bone cancer the day after Christmas, just days before the announcement of her new US campaign for Pantene, a brand for which she has been Brazilian ambassador for several years.