Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition’s Millionaires

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition’s Millionaires
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All reasonable men aspire to find a woman with enough business savvy to match her cover girl beauty. Finding a housewife died with the baby boomer generation, and we have a strong preference towards women who are financially stable–just to ensure she can hold her own in the marriage partnership. 

In light of this sentiment, we present the millionaire models behind the Swimsuit Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. Not only have they been showcased to the world gracing this high honor in the modeling world, but they have also turned their beauty into a highly profitable business.

Marissa Miller

Proving to the world that she offers more than just her amazing, curvaceous body across editorial pages, Marissa Miller is a Victoria’s Secret Angel who holds the honor of having graced the 2007 cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her perfect jawline and flawless body have enabled her to be the face of prominent brands including: Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, DirecTV and True Religion jeans.

Born: 8-6-78
SI cover: 2008
Net worth: $10 million

Marissa Miller  is a supermodel who quickly recognized the importance of building her brand. In 2008, Miller launched her first athletic shoe line with Vans Skateboards. Shortly after in 2009, Harley-Davidson made Miller its first ever brand face and launched a co-branded clothing line. Captain Morgan Rum also announced Miller as their “First mate”, casting her in the role of  the captain’s sexy sidekick in their commercial campaign and an NFL spokeswoman. Her beach babe appeal has brought her marketable sex appeal to the surf scene, as she designed a women’s paddle-up board for Surftech bearing her name.

Rebecca Romijn

Rebecca Romijn should be very familiar to all of our readers. She boasts an extensive resume of varying talents–spanning from magazine covers, fashion shows, TV and film. Romijn has been featured in more than 11 films including her reprising roll as Raven/Mystique in the X-Men movie series. With her numerous nominations by the Screen Actors Guild for her performance in Ugly Betty and the critically acclaimed role in Femme Fatale, Romijn has proven that she is a more than capable of being a crossover star.

Born: 11-6-72
SI cover: 1999, 2006
Net worth: $22 million

Romijn’s modeling career–particularly her feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition–was the catalyst for her rapid rise into the spotlight. Her illustrious modeling career has netted her roles on countless covers, but none were as memorable as her alluring features on Victoria’s Secret catalogs.  Romijn’s ability to hold her own in the spotlight has established her brand and net worth ranking her as the #6 on our list.

Elle Macpherson

Elle MacPherson, a Revlon global brand ambassador and supermodel, is 48 this year and still looks better than the vast majority of women half her age! Born in Australia, this glamazon has been in movies, on television, on the runway, and in print for the last two decades. She even had a recurring role in the hit series, Friends. The Australian supermodel boasts numerous bestselling fashion and keep-fit brands in her portfolio. Her biggest success was the launch of her Intimates lingerie range, which has gone on to become the UK’s best-selling fashion lingerie brand.

Born: 3-29-64
SI cover: 1986-1988, 1994, 2006
Net worth: $60 million

The former Victoria’s Secret model, also nicknamed ‘The Body’, appeared on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 10 (and also serves as producer for the show), in which the top 12 contestants modeled her lingerie. Her portfolio of brands continues to grow as Macpherson launched a skincare line based on this fitting nickname, The Body, sold in Europe. MacPherson is rumored to possibly be dating Vito Schnabel (son of artist Julian Schnabel), more than 20 years her junior! It’s fair to say that we are beyond envious of Mr. Schnabel.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum has risen to fame from supermodel to business mogul. Even after ending an illustrious 13-year Victoria’s Secret career, Klum has continued to increase her net worth to a staggering $70 million with TV projects, fashion lines and endorsements for major brands across the world.

Born: 6-1-73
SI cover: 1998
Net worth: $70 million

2011 proved to be a pivotal year for Klum’s career as she struck a major deal with activewear company New Balance, creating a line of tops, dresses and athletic apparel, dubbed HKNB, that will be sold exclusively on Amazon. In addition to starring in and producing the hit reality series Project Runway, the star also inked a 20-episode deal for a new show on Lifetime called Seriously Funny Kids. In Germany, Next Top Model continues to dominate television ratings.

Christie Brinkley

Brinkley is an American model and actress best known for her three consecutive appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the late 1970s and early 1980s, her long-running contract with CoverGirl–the longest of any model, and for her marriage to musician Billy Joel. Brinkley has also worked as an illustrator, photographer, writer, and designer, and as an activist for human and animal rights and the environment.

Born: 2-2-54
SI cover: 1979-1981
Net worth: $80 million

As a model, the majority of the industry will never even remotely approach the success that Christie Brinkley has accomplished. She’s graced the covers of over 500 magazines across the globe during her illustrious 40-year career and is worth approximately $80 million dollars at 58-years old. Moreover, Brinkley is an accomplished artist, clothes designer, author, entrepreneur, and yes, she also appears in a running ad for Total Home Gym with none other than Chuck Norris.

Tyra Banks

As an American model, media personality, actress, entertainer and entrepreneur, Tyra Lynne Banks is unmatched with an estimated net worth of over $90 million. Banks began modeling at the age of 17, over time gaining notoriety from her extensive career as a supermodel. Her striking looks and business savvy extended to several offers, including assignments with Ralph Lauren, various magazine covers (over 20 to be exact), work with Sports Illustrated and most notably GQ, where Banks became the first black woman ever to grace the cover. In addition to various ads and runway gigs, Banks decided to branch out into feature films, scoring a few high-profile gigs–starring as Omar Epps’ love interest in John Singleton’s racially charged drama Higher Learning (1995) and snagging a stint opposite Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Born: 12-4-73
SI cover: 1996-1997
Net worth: $90 million

The former Victoria’s Secret Venus earns roughly $30 million a year, thanks to her several highly successful television endeavors. Banks’ production company, Bankable, has developed two prime-time series–True Beauty and Stylista. Eight years after its premiere, America’s Next Top Model is still a top-ranked show on the CW network, licensed by 170 outlets worldwide and spawning 17 international editions (including the German edition, hosted by Tyra’s pal Heidi Klum).

Kathy Ireland

Former Sports Illustrated supermodel Kathy Ireland once said of her modeling days: “I wanted to be the client.” It’s safe to say the 48-year-old mother of three, who has appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition a record 12 times, offers a “modelpreneur” blueprint.

Born: 3-20-63
SI cover: 1989, 1992, 1994
Net worth: $150 million

In 1993, Ireland put her name on a line of branded socks sold in Kmart–Kathy Ireland Worldwide–which pulls in $1.5 billion in annual revenue. The brand greatly expanded and now encompasses clothing, jewelry, home and office furniture, gardening supplies, skincare, vacation packages, greeting cards, hair extensions and more. Ireland has also penned a series of children’s and Christian-oriented books.


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