The Forbes' Ten Most Successful Male Models

I haven't been home in Buffalo but two days and I'm already suffering from A.M.W (what physicians like to call 'attractive male withdrawal). It is needless to say that stumbling upon Forbes' 2009 list of the most successful male models was not only a sight for sore eyes but rather informative about the business of the modeling industry.

While the industry is dominated by doll-faced, lanky females, male models with more classic looks tend to be the most successful. In the midst of a recession, agencies have had to renew older contracts to save money, thusly narrowing the types of men represented. The Cole Mohrs and Ash Stymests, although trendy "image guys," tend to fall once they've been used and seen enough. In addition, those who have been branded to a fragrance campaign tend to endure a low profile in the industry since such campaigns are so publicly widespread.

I'll admit, it is a bit disheartening to see some of my favorites so low, or even nonexistent, on the list, but based on magazine covers and spreads, advertising campaigns, contracts and runway shows over the past two years, here is Forbes' most successful male models:

1. SEAN O'PRY

sean o'pry

2. MATT GORDON

Matt Gordon

3. DAVID GANDY

David Gandy

4. DANNY SCHWARTZ

Danny Schwartz

5. GARRETT NEFF

Garrett Neff

6. OLLIE EDWARDS

Ollie Edwards

7. TYLER RIGGS

Tyler Riggs

8. JON KORTAJARENA

Jon Kortajarena

9. TAYLOR FUCHS

Taylor Fuchs

10. COLE MOHR

Cole Mohr

Via Forbes.

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