The 3 things models topping the 'Forbes' highest-paid list have in common

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On Tuesday, Forbes released its list of the highest-paid fashion models of 2016 — and it's probably exactly what you expected.

Giselle Bündchen holds the top spot, earning $30.5 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016, despite the fact that she retired from modeling last year.

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Then there's Adriana Lima in second place, earning $10.5 million.

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And then there's Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss, America's sweethearts, who earned $10 million each, despite Jenner being a modeling newbie.

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After them, it's then a tie between Gigi Hadid and British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who both earned $9 million pre-tax.

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So, let's look at the above pictures and see what these ladies have in common: They are all white. They are all cis. They are all straight-sized.

It's a fact that even Forbes wasn't shy to point out.

"Save for the likes of Jasmine Tookes and Liu Wen, the majority of the list is overwhelmingly white and entirely 'straight'-sized," Forbes reported. "This reflects the lack of inclusion on catwalks and in campaigns."

In fact, as pointed out by the Fashion Spot, just three women of color made the list. Three. Their names are Joan Smalls, Jasmine Tookes and Liu Wen.

The 3 things models topping the 'Forbes' highest-paid list have in common
Joan Smalls, Jasmine Tookes and Liu Wen
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But this should really come as no surprise. As the the Fashion Spot has shown time and time again with its diversity reports after each fashion week cycle and ad campaign diversity reports, the fashion world is still ruled by thin white cis women.

For spring 2016 ad campaigns, for example, 78.2% of the models featured were white, with black models coming in at just 8.3%. In terms of fashion weeks around the world, this past February saw that models who walked were more than 75% white, with just 9.22% of the models being black.

Also of note: No male models made the ranking since they are paid far less than female models, as noted by Forbes. The last time Forbes ranked male models (in 2013), model Sean O'Pry topped the list with a mere $1.5 million.

What's interesting as well is that Victoria's Secret Angels make up 30% of this list, showing just how powerful and transformative VS has become in the industry. All of the women of color who made the cut, for example, have walked for VS, which goes to show you just how much of a difference VS could make in the industry when it comes to giving these models more power. Imagine if they were ever to cast a plus-size model in their show, you know?

So, even though curve and plus-size models like Ashley Graham and Denise Bidot are getting more exposure than they ever have before right now, and models of color like Joan Smalls and Jasmine Tookes are out there thriving, they're still not making the millions that their peers are making for essentially exactly the same work.

Photos of Ashley Graham, plus-size model taking over the industry:

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Ashley Graham walks the runway at Addition Elle Presents Holiday 2016 RTW + Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection at Kia STYLE360 NYFW on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage Style360)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Ashley Graham walks the runway at Addition Elle Presents Holiday 2016 RTW + Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection at Kia STYLE360 NYFW on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage Style360)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Designer and model Ashley Graham (L) appears on the runway at the Addition Elle Presents Holiday 2016 RTW + Ashley Graham Lingerie fashion show during Style360 Fashion Week September 2016 at Metropolitan West on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Model Ashley Graham attends the Endometriosis Foundation of America's 6th annual Blossom Ball hosted by Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD at 583 Park Avenue on March 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Blossom Ball)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Model Ashley Graham attends 'Orange Is The New Black' Season Two Series premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Ashley Graham attends the LOVE x Balmain Xmas Party at The Ivy Market Grill on December 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for LOVE x Balmain)
THE VIEW - Guests include plus-size swimsuit model Ashley Graham; Spike Lee ('Da Sweet Blood of Jesus') and Victor Rasuk ('Fifty Shades of Grey') today, Monday, February 9, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Model Ashley Graham attends 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Celebration at Marquee on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Model Ashley Graham attends the 2015 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Model Ashley Graham attends the FULLBEAUTY Brands Launch event at Gustavino's on April 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Model Ashley Graham attends as Lane Bryant celebrates the launch of their campaign #ImNoAngel on April 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for #ImNoAngel Cacique Exclusively For Lane Bryant)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Ashley Graham attends the Cash & Rocket photocall at the London Eye Pier on May 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Model Ashley Graham attends the 2015 CurvyCon at Metropolitan Pavilion on June 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Model Ashley Graham attends the 'Patrick Demarchelier' special exhibition preview to celebrate NYFW: The Shows for Spring 2016 at Christie's on September 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Ashley Graham attends the Lane Bryant launch of the #PlusIsEqual campaign at Times Square on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Lane Bryant)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Ashley Graham attends the Us Weekly Fashion Week At KIA STYLE360 At Row NYC on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage for STYLE360)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Model/designer Ashley Graham walks down the runway during the Addition Elle/Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection fashion show during the Spring 2016 Style 360 on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Ashley Graham walks the runway as Addition Elle presents Fall/Holiday 2015 RTW and Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection At KIA STYLE360 on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage for STYLE360)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Model Ashley Graham attends the Milly By Michelle Smith Fashion Show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Art Beam on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Model Ashley Graham attends 2015 Harper's BAZAAR ICONS Event at The Plaza Hotel on September 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Model Ashley Graham attends the NYDJ 2016 Fit To Be Campaign Launch at Lord & Taylor on January 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Plus-size model Ashley Graham attends the NYDJ 2016 Fit To Be Campaign Launch at Lord & Taylor on January 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 28: Model Ashley Graham attends the Forbes 30 Under 30 cocktail reception at Forbes Building on January 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Ashley Graham visits at SiriusXM Studios on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Sports Illustrated cover models Hailey Clauson and Ashley Graham pose together at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 - NYC VIP press event on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Model Ashley Graham attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Swim BBQ VIP at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach on February 17, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Ashley Graham attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: TV personality Joe Zee and model Ashley Graham are photographed in the Getty Images SXSW Portrait Studio powered by Samsung at the Samsung Studio on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images for Samsung)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Ashley Graham arrives at Chelsea Piers for The America's Next Top Model on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Ashley Graham arrives at Chelsea Piers for The America's Next Top Model on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Ashley Graham arrives at Chelsea Piers for The America's Next Top Model on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Ashley Graham poses backstage before the Addition Elle/Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection fashion show during the Holiday 2016 Style 360 NYFW at Metropolitan West on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Ashley Graham attends Prabal Gurung - Front Row - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on September 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ashley Graham attends the Charlotte Tilbury party at the Samsung space on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ashley Graham attends the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at ArtBeam on September 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Model Ashley Graham attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebrates 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
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