Skill, talent, and sheer brainpower might bring you success if you want to be an entrepreneur, scientist, or chess player, but often enough people can make a lucrative career purely from their physical assets. Looking at the numbers below, you’d be tempted to think you’re probably better off that way!
10. Courtney Stodden
Courtney Stodden is one of those “famous for being famous” celebrities that seemed to have sprung up like mushrooms in the past decade or so. Neither a actress, nor a singer, and not even a model, Stodden became a household name after marrying 50 year old actor Doug Hutchison when she was only 16! She does, however, have the body of someone much older, so why not take advantage of that? Now 20 years old, Stodden will reportedly release a solo sex tape produced by Vivid Entertainment, and intends to donate de $1 million she’ll be receiving for it to charity.
9. Christina Hendricks
Known for her role in the AMC TV show Mad Men, Christina Hendricks is equally famous for her voluptuous figure, which she flaunts whenever she has the chance. If curves are in again, we probably owe it to this fiery redhead. The critically acclaimed actress is also a sough-after brand ambassador, having endorsed products like Clairol and London Fog.
8. Keith Richards
Together with his Rolling Stones bandmates, legendary musician Keith Richards has been an anti-hero for about half a century. He’s also an acclaimed songwriter and guitarist, so you’d sort of expect he’d be extra protective with his hands. Which is precisely why he had them insured, for a staggering $1.6 million! So if anything happens to the fingers which wrote “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and played some of the greatest riffs in rock history, at least we know Richards has things covered.
7. David Beckham
Even at the height of his playing career, which has taken him to some of the best teams in the world, David Beckham was probably making at least as much money from his endorsement deals. Equally comfortable on the grass and in front of a camera, his undeniable talent and good looks have made him an extremely popular figure.. And even after hanging up his boots, Beckham still makes heaps of money as a fashion model, taking advantage of his great body.
6. Troy Polamalu
Troy Polamalu was a strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, a team where he spent his entire 12 year playing career. In addition to his success as an athlete, Polamalu was also recognized for his unusually long hair, which he said he hadn’t cut for most of the past decade.
His 32 inch locks got him an endorsement deal with Head & Shoulders. Not only that, P&G also paid for a million-dollar insurance policy on Polamalu’s hair, which means it is probably worth more than most players` hands or legs!
5. Heidi Klum
After 13 years as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Heidi Klum is now more of a business woman than a model. Nevertheless, she is still gorgeous enough to step onto the runway whenever she wants to. She’s definitely got the legs for it! To make sure things stay that way, the German supermodel has insured her legs to the tune of $2 million.
4. America Ferrera
As the star of the ABC comedy-drama Ugly Betty, you probably wouldn’t have thought much of America Ferrera’s smile. It seems those braces were just there to conceal a really remarkable smile, since the actress has had it insured for an incredible $10 million!
The policy was purchased by at home teeth-whitening product Aquafresh White Trays, and was part of a promotion aiming to raise money for the Smiles for Success charity.
3. Kate Upton
Dancers aren’t usually paid as much as other artists, however Michael Flatley has found a way to turn his incredibly nimble feet into a multi-million dollar fortune. He’s gained worldwide recognition for his Irish dance shows Riverdance or Lord of the Dance, among others, becoming the world’s highest paid dancer at the end of the 1990s. No wonder, then, that he’s had his legs insured, for the mind-blowing figure of $40 million!
2. Michael Flatley
Though she doesn’t have the figure of a typical runway model, Kate Upton doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. And why should she? For years now, she’s been arguably the most famous Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, known for her great body as well as her lively, endearing personality.
You can frequently find Kate Upton near the top of most “hottest women in the world” list, and in photoshoots everywhere from the tropic to Antarctica, to Cape Canaveral (in zero gravity!). Without a doubt, this gorgeous blonde is going places!
1. Kim Kardashian
The quintessential “famous for being famous” types, Kim Kardashian has tried her hand at everything from adult entertainment star, to actress, designer, and even singer. What she’s mostly known for, however, is her waist, and especially her butt. Kardashian has never shied away from the spotlight – on the contrary! – even if that meant taking advantage of her main assets. She’s currently married to Kanye West, another person who enjoys a bit of attention, so it’s unlikely Kim Kardashian will be fading into obscurity any time soon.