Just when we thought we couldn't love ladies like Kendall Jenner and Ashley Graham any more, Forbes goes ahead and declares them some of the highest-paid models in the world. Do you guys realize what this means? Not only are they effortlessly striking, they're powerful as hell! They've made crazy strides in an impossible-to-please industry and for that alone, they should honored with not only fat paychecks, but with our unwavering respect! Say what you will, but a career based on people critiquing your physical appearance is no easy feat! We bet half you guys would leave a casting call crying. No judgement, just saying.
Take Ashley Graham for example, she's pioneered a movement of body positivity for all women! Because of her lingerie line, and others of the like, plus-sized models can freely walk the runway without shame or guilt over the way they look. To clarify, we're not suggesting that men perpetuate these impossible beauty standards, but the fashion industry most certainly does. That's why seeing these strides toward a more inclusive culture is so important. When it comes to models, one-size literally does not fit all!
Liu Wen being an East Asian model in the top 10 is also incredibly important! It's a testament to the fact that runways, and subsequently, the fashion industry is becoming a more representative place. In fact, Liu is the first model of East Asian descent to walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show — which airs tonight at 10/9 central on CBS.
This isn't just important for the ladies, y'all. Diversity is a positive thing for everyone. That being said, while we love to honor beauty, we're also here to honor something else. Want a hint? It's arguably the most powerful force in the world. You guessed it — cold hard cash — and these ladies are racking it in! Seriously, we're talking millions. See for yourselves!