Since being named "Supermodel of Brazil" at the age of 15, Adriana Lima has been touted as one of the world's most beautiful women. She was born Adriana Francesca Lima on June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Br...
The Brazilian stunner became a first-time mum in December (09) after she and her American football star husband, Tom Brady, welcomed son Benjamin - and she has spoken openly about the fact that being a good mom is her top priority.
But that doesn't mean she's no longer in demand as a catwalk star - and she pulled in $25 million (£16 million) last year (09) even though she was pregnant for most of it.
Heidi Klum is the second richest model, pulling in $16 million (£10.6 million) from ad campaigns and her role as a judge on U.S. fashion show Project Runway.
Brit Kate Moss came in at number three on the rich list, compiled by Forbes.com - she earned an $9 million (£6 million) last year (09) thanks partly to her hugely successful clothing range at Topshop, as well as a new perfume.
Other catwalk queens to make the top 10 include Bundchen's fellow Brazilian Adriana Lima, Orlando's Bloom's lover Miranda Kerr and Dutch newcomer Doutzen Kroes.
The curvy actress is said to have scored 30 per cent of the vote in a readers' poll, landing her first place and a covershoot for the men's magazine.
Hendricks was closely followed by Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima in second, while Transformers actress Megan Fox was in third, according to JustJared.com.
Esquire editors will confirm the results of their poll in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
Supermodel Miller's career skyrocketed when she joined Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova as a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2008.
Reports suggested the leggy blonde was relieved of her duties after strutting the catwalk at the brand's star-studded show last year (09).
However, company President and Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek has denied the claims, saying: "The rumour regarding Marisa Miller and Victoria's Secret parting ways is unfounded and untrue."
The 29 year old took some time off from the catwalk last year (09) to give birth to her first child, baby Benjamin, with her sports star husband Tom Brady in December (09).
But even though the pregnancy left the supermodel sidelined for much of the year, Bundchen still managed to outperform her catwalk rivals in the financial stakes - earning a massive $35 million (£21.9 million) for her modelling duties.
The massive pay cheque puts her top of a list of the world's best paid models, pushing British beauty Kate Moss, who made $7.5 million (£4.7 million), into second place.
Bundchen's fellow Brazilian, and Victoria's Secret angel Adriana Lima was third in the list by Walletpop.co.uk, followed by another face of the famous underwear brand, Doutzen Kroes, in fourth. The top five is rounded out by Czech model Karolina Kurkova, who also took time off to have a baby in October (09).
The catwalk stunner and her husband Marko Jaric welcomed baby daughter Valentina in New York City on Sunday (15Nov09).
The 28-year-old beauty wed the Memphis Grizzlies basketball player on Valentine's Day (14Feb09).
It has been a great year for Lima, who earned a top 10 place in U.S. FHM's 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2009 survey in June (09).
It was the first time the Brazil-born model had cracked the top 10.
Frida star Hayek will be presented with the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence, while De La Hoya will receive the Special Achievement in Sports Television honour at the event next month (Sep09).
Montalban, who died in January (09), will be the subject of a special tribute hosted by West Side Story star Rita Moreno.
Among the nominees for top prizes at the event, Alfred Molina, Cheech Marin, Javier Bardem and Joaquin Phoenix will compete for the Best Actor award and Sofía Vergara, Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes and Oscar winner Penelope Cruz will fight it out for Best Actress.
Enrique Iglesias, Maxwell, Christina Aguilera and the Black Eyed Peas are among the nominees for the night's music awards, and Jessica Alba, Alessandra Ambrosia, Elsa Benitez, Gisele Bundchen, Fergie, Daisy Fuentes, Adriana Lima, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria Parker are all up for the 2009 Fashion Icon Award at the ALMAs.
The list of nominations was announced on Tuesday (25Aug09) prizegiving hostess Eva Longoria Parker's Latin-themed restaurant Beso in Hollywood.
The ALMAs will be televised in America on 18 September (09).
Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen has been named the highest-earning supermodel in the world after raking in $25 million in 2009 alone.
The catwalk stunner's contracts with top designer labels Versace, Christian Dior, True Religion and Ebel watches have helped Bundchen bank $9 million more than her closest competitor, Heidi Klum.
Seal's wife pocketed an estimated $16 million in the last 12 months, while Adriana Lima landed in third place on the Forbes list with earnings of $8 million.
Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio round out the top five with fortunes of $6 million each, while Orlando Bloom's girlfriend Miranda Kerr also makes the list -- she is placed eighth with $3 million.
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Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen has been named the world's top supermodel with earnings of more than $35 million during the last year.
The former fiancée of actor Leonardo DiCaprio more than doubled the estimated $14 million earned by German export Heidi Klum, who ranked second on the list by Forbes.com.
British model Kate Moss was in third position with earnings of $15 million, followed by Adriana Lima with $7 million and Doutzen Kroes with $6 million.
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Since being named "Supermodel of Brazil" at the age of 15, Adriana Lima has been touted as one of the world's most beautiful women. She was born Adriana Francesca Lima on June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Brazil. Her exotic features resulted from a mixture of Native-Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese, French and Caribbean heritage. Lima began modeling in her teens and entered local competitions before winning "Supermodel of Brazil" in 1996. In 1999, shortly after signing with Elite Model Management in New York City, she landed a coveted GUESS ad campaign, and walked the runway for top designers including Valentino, Giorgio Armani, and Vera Wang. That same year, Lima made her debut on the Victoria's Secret runway alongside fellow Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen. The duo made such a splash that the company promoted them into the elite Victoria's Secret "Angels" lineup, appearing in ad campaigns and headlining its annual fashion show. In 2008, Lima starred in a Victoria's Secret commercial that aired during "Super Bowl XLII" (Fox) and was watched by more than 103 million viewers, making it the most-seen ad of the game. The following year, Lima married professional basketball player Marko Jaric. Aside from modeling, she pursued other projects, from making cameos on hit shows like "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010) and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 2005- ), to working with charities in her hometown. In 2012, <i>Forbes</i> magazine put Lima in the No. 4 spot in its top-earning models list with a reported $7.3 million annual paycheck.