Bad Blood, good money! Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid and their sisterhood rake in $102.5 MILLION this year

Published September 22nd, 2015 - 11:32 GMT

They are the most popular girls at school, but on a global scale. And according to figures from Forbes, the models who form part of Taylor Swift's inner circle have almost as much money as they do Instagram followers.

Fast becoming the world's most powerful friendship group, Swift's self-titled 'girl squad', comprises some of the biggest young stars from the world of acting, modelling and music.

But it's the models regularly spotted hanging out with the Shake It Off star who are among the highest earning; Taylor and her aesthetically blessed pals raked in a cool $102.5 million between them last year.

The more they hang out, or rather the more they post photos of themselves having fun, the more lucrative the sisterhood - or Swifterhood, if you like - becomes.

Head girl is obviously Taylor Swift; without her - and her phenomenal pop career - the friendship group would be nothing.

The country-turned-pop star, who herself coined in $80million last year, seems to accumulate friends like they're going out of fashion.

Except they're not. Very much the contrary.Those who are ushered into the powerful tribe - for example Victoria's Secret models Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt - aren't always as well known as some of the other friends - Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez among them - but sharing a few tweets with Taylor, and sometimes a stage, means even her lesser known mates are soon thrust into the spotlight.

There's a ripple effect too. Just being friends with one of Taylor's besties can raise a profile.

MODEL FRIENDS: WHAT TAYLOR'S GAL PALS TOOK HOME LAST YEAR

Karlie Kloss: $5million

Possibly Taylor's closest friend, the pair met when Taylor performed at the 2013 Victoria's Secret show.
The pair quickly grew close, going on a road trip and getting ready for the Met Gala together.

Karlie is one of Taylor's most powerful pals and, at the tender age of 22, the American supermodel has a dazzling career most women can only dream of.

Gigi Hadid: $2.5million

Heiress Gigi and Taylor have grown increasingly close in recent months, with Gigi starring in Bad Blood and joining Taylor and Martha on stage in Detroit as well as at this weekend's London festival.

Gigi said: 'My favorite thing about Taylor is that she’s just always herself and she’s really true to that. It’s really inspiring to hang out with someone that’s genuine and is just unapologetically Taylor. It’s cool.'

The squad enjoy their friendships privately of course but the public face of their close relationships can be a mutually beneficial thing, with social media interaction clear for fans to see, a phenomenon industry insiders call 'image visibility'.  

Taylor's appearance at this weekend's British Summer Time in June this year was a masterclass in IV. Her nearest and dearest flew in to support their ringleader before joining her on stage in front of 65,000 cheering fans.

The Swifties have plenty in common, they're all increasingly high-profile and live a jet-setting existence where FROW seats and dream houses are par for the course.

Here, FEMAIL picks out the key players in the sisterhood that every girl wants to join:

THE ANGEL: MARTHA HUNT 

Estimated net worth of $2million

So who is she? Martha, 26, was discovered in her home state of North Carolina at a modelling competition. Her most talk-about campaign was for Free People and she has clocked up 180 catwalk appearances.

As well as counting Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss as her best friends, she likes to cook and stays active with surfing and dancing.

And she isn't as strict with her diet as one would believe. 'When I go home to North Carolina, I love to make barbecue chicken with corn cakes. It’s my favorite!' Martha told Style.com.

'And I make the best Christmas cookies in the world. Well...my mom does and I just help.'

THE HEIRESS: GIGI HADID

Estimated net worth: $2.5million

Gigi and Taylor have grown increasingly close in recent months, with Gigi starring in Bad Blood and joining Taylor and Martha on stage in Detroit as well as at this weekend's London festival.

The duo have even been spotted double dating - Gigi is thought to be dating Joe Jonas, whilst Taylor has been courting Calvin Harris over the last few months.

Taylor, 25, joined her boyfriend Calvin Harris, BFF Karlie Kloss, ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas and his rumoured new love Gigi Hadid for a boat trip on the River Thames.

The quintet enjoyed a trip on the Thames Limo, a private luxury charter which cruises at the maximum speed of 30 knots.

Speaking to People about their burgeoning friendship, newly-single Gigi said: 'My favorite thing about Taylor is that she’s just always herself and she’s really true to that. It’s really inspiring to hang out with someone that’s genuine and is just unapologetically Taylor. It’s cool.'

She also opened up to InStyle about what they do for fun, saying: 'Girls night in! We love staying in.

'Our job is kind of being out. We love watching random movies and cooking or ordering in, having dance parties in the living room.'

Gigi is fast becoming one of the most famous names in Hollywood. She's also best friends with Kendall Jenner, has one of the most unique looks in the industry and is currently riding high as one of the most popular models.

From being named as the face of VSPink, to landing herself yet another campaign with American super-brands Guess, Seafolly and Maybelline, Gigi has been making serious waves in the modelling industry.

Her net worth, which is an estimated £300,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth, isn't yet reflective of some of her newer campaigns - and she looks set to get even bigger and wealthier in the coming months.

Of course, she has all the makings of a supermodel, and it's not just about her obvious good looks and jet-setting lifestyle. Gigi's mother, Yolanda Foster, stars on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, her father is Palestinian Architect Mohammed Hadid, who is a multi-millionaire, and her stepfather is music producer David Foster, who has helped launched the careers of Michael Buble and Celine Dion.

Gigi runs with a seriously cool crowd. As well as Kendall and Taylor, she's often spotted hanging out with Cara Delevingne or partying with Justin Bieber and Lewis Hamilton.

According to Pop Sugar, Gigi owns a New York City apartment, which she decorated with the help of her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star mother, Yolanda Foster.

THE SUPERMODEL: KARLIE KLOSS 

Estimated net worth: $5million

Possibly Taylor's closest friend, the pair met when Taylor performed at the 2013 Victoria's Secret show.

The pair quickly grew close, going on a road trip and getting ready for the Met Gala together.

Karlie is one of Taylor's most powerful pals and, at the tender age of 22, the American supermodel has a dazzling career most women can only dream of.

And most recently, the catwalk queen, style icon and Victoria's Secret angel added another string to her beautiful bow as the latest 'spokesmodel' for L'Oréal Paris.

The young star, who Forbes say has an estimated £2.55m ($4m) net worth, was chosen by the French beauty giant because of her 'powerful walk, unique freshness and amazing energy'.

Karlie was discovered at a local benefit runway show and in 2007 she signed with Elite Model Management.

Her first modelling appearance was for Abercrombie and Fitch and in 2008 she walked 31 runways in New York Fashion Week and closed for Marc Jacob's iconic show.

Her success spanned much further than the American coasts too. She went on to walk 20 shows in Milan, 13 in Paris and was named the best model by People magazine the same year.

She has featured in advertisements for every major fashion house from Alexander McQueen and YSL to Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, and has, of course, walked the Victoria's Secret runway.

The model, who once walked 64 shows in a fashion week season, also starred as the clothes horse for Tamara Mellon's range, Chanel's Coco Noir scent and Nike.

She also has her own range of dairy and gluten-free sweet treats called Karlie's Kookies and lives in a Manhattan home in the city's most sought-after area a few blocks off the Hudson River.

Key features of Kloss's luxury townhouse, which she purchased in 2012 for £1.25m ($1.97m), include a spacious eat-in kitchen, walk-in closet space, an outdoor terrace and a basement 'den'.

The pair constantly hang out, dining, road-tripping and touring around the world together.

THE SCREEN QUEEN: CARA DELEVINGNE

Estimated net worth: $9million

Who isn't Cara friends with? The bubbly star, who is known and loved in the fashion industry for her outgoing personality, also starred in Bad Blood and waved a British flag on stage at Hyde Park during Taylor's performance this weekend.

Cara and Taylor were seen teaming up for the first time just last month when they were spotted walking around a shoot set in white robes and futuristic make-up.

They met at the Victoria's Secret show in 2013 and Cara even jokingly spanked Taylor's bottom on stage.

As well as being one of the world's most famous new breed of supermodel, Cara is making a name for herself in Hollywood.

The Instagram favourite has roles in a number of major blockbusters coming out this year and has also spoken of her desire to crack the music industry.

THE REALITY TV PRINCESS: KENDALL JENNER 

Estimated net worth: $4million

Kendall is best friends with her best friends so it was only a matter of time before she and Taylor got close.

The duo's new friendship was confirmed when Kendall joined Taylor on stage at British Summer Time this weekend.

Kendall, the second youngest half-sister of Kim, started out on the E! show as the shyest sibling - avid fans will remember when she was too nervous to interview people on the street for her Teen Vogue column.

But fast-forward a few years and she's the coolest Kardashian/Jenner export - with a reported net worth of £1.9m and counting.

Indeed, style bible GQ hailed Kendall the coolest person in the world citing 2015 as 'the year of the Jenner'.

So how has the 19-year-old made such a name for herself, landed the hottest fashion campaigns, and joined the world's coolest friendship group?

It has been her lifelong dream to break away from the show that propelled her to fame and cement her name as a model - and now

Kendall is making her fantasy a reality. The youngest of the Kardashian clan walked in the season's hottest fashion week shows and was recently unveiled as the face of Estee Lauder.

Earlier this year she starred in Givenchy's A/W 2014 campaign, which was shot by renowned photographers Mert and Marcus.

And over the last two seasons she has been booked for show after show. When she walked the Marc Jacobs A/W 2014 runway, she made headlines all over the world in a daring nipple-baring top, and was the brand's campaign star. Appearances in LOVE Magazine - including in an embrace with Cara Delevingne - haven't hurt either.

It probably doesn't hurt that the second youngest of the Kardashian clan has a cool 24 million Instagram followers.

Kendall's exact net worth has yet to be revealed but her estimated £1.9m net worth, according to The Richest, will no doubt boom as she lands more and more modelling gigs.

The independent star is clearly doing well; she has her own two-bedroom £890,000 ($1.4m) luxury high-rise condo on The Wilshire Corridor near Beverly Hills.

According to TMZ, Kendall bought the condo in May 2014 through Kyle Richards' daughter Farrah who works with real estate agent Mauricio Umansky at The Agency.

The pad has high ceilings, white walls and wood floors. The building has a 24-hour valet, a concierge and doorman, heated pool, fitness center, catering kitchen, social room, card room and wine storage.

The property is usually vacant however as Kendall spends most of her time in New York City.

By Jo Tweedy and Bianca London


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