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Cindy Crawford World’s Top-Paid Model, Forbes Says

March 13, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ Cindy Crawford, the 28-year-old American glamour girl whose business zeal has earned her the nickname Cindy Inc., made about $6.5 million in 1994, making her the world’s top-paid model, Forbes reports.

The twice-monthly business magazine, famed for rankings of the richest Americans, highest-paid entertainers and highest-paid athletes, pronounced Crawford the top earner in its latest ranking concoction, ``Forbes Perfect 10,″ appearing in the March 27 issue.

Forbes attributed Crawford’s affluence partly to a mass-marketing trend in women’s modeling that has linked the names of fashion celebrities with endorsements of products that range from soda pop to jewelry to panty hose.

``Like professional athletes, they’re capitalizing on this mass recognition value by creating their own product lines and lending their names, faces and figures to manufacturers for fees that earlier generations of models could only dream of,″ the magazine said.

Crawford, through her company Crawdaddy Inc., makes most of her money from Pepsi commercials, her MTV show ``House of Style,″ and seven-figure endorsement contracts with Kay Jewelers and Revlon, Forbes said. She made about as much last year as Swedish tennis pro Stefan Edberg, who ranked 23rd in the most recent Forbes top-40 athletes ranking.

Rounding out the magazine’s top-paid modeling list: German Claudia Schiffer, 24, $5.3 million; American Christy Turlington, 26, $4.8 million; Canadian Linda Evangelista, 29, $3.0 million; Australian Elle Macpherson, 30, $3.0 million; American Niki Taylor, 20, $2.4 million; Italian Isabella Rossellini, 42, $2.3 million; Briton Kate Moss, 21, $2.2 million; Briton Naomi Campbell, 24, $2.1 million; and American Bridget Hall, 17, $2.0 million.

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