In the 1980s Supermodels had worldwide recognition; they were paid big bucks and were household names. Today not many models earn the title, but those who were lucky enough to wear the label twenty years ago are still making waves today and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Take Naomi Campbell whose career spans over 25 years, at the age of 41 she is still highly in demand. Kate Moss was discovered 23 years ago at JFK Airport and by the 90s she had become the first “short” model and popularized the “heroin chic” look that she is still relevant for today. In the same year Tyra Banks began modeling at 15 years old and today she is one of the most influential women in America with her reality show America’s Next Top Model in its 18th season and a yearly salary of 90 million dollars. Which other Supermodels are still hot today? Here’s a few you may know:
Just two years shy of her 50th birthday; this Australian Supermodel is at the top of her game. She set a record by appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue five times and was nicknamed “the body” for her amazing physique by Time Magazine. That nickname is now the name of her skin care products and her successful lingerie line Elle Macpherson Intimates makes her one of the richest models on the planet. She joined forces with Tyra Banks’ in 2010 and became the executive producer and host of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. Have you been watching Elle host NBC’s Fashion Star? You may be surprised to know she is also the executive producer of the hit reality show.
Cindy Crawford had young women drawing moles on their upper lip back in the 80s and 90s. By 1998 the Supermodel had adorned over 400 magazine covers. Designer Michael Kors summed it up beautifully when he said, “Cindy changed the perception of the ‘sexy American girl’ from classic blue-eyed blonde to a more sultry brunette with brains, charm, and professionalism to spare.” Fast-forward to today and now you can buy a piece of Cindy at your local Art Van, Rooms to Go or J.C. Penney from her popular furniture line, the Cindy Crawford Home Collection. The model turned business woman continues to appear on magazine covers and campaigns and doesn’t plan to retire any time soon.
One of the world’s most successful models, Claudia Schiffer was the epitome of “the Supermodel” in the 90s. She became popular after appearing in the highly publicized Guess? Jeans campaigns and this year she is the face of the brand’s 30th Anniversary ads looking just as gorgeous as she did over 20 years ago. Claudia continues to model but like her Supermodel sisters has used her identity to create a popular brand of cashmere products. Claudia Schiffer Cashmere is sold worldwide in high-end boutiques and big name department stores. When asked recently about her top model status she said, “”Supermodels, like we once were, don’t exist any more.”