These Original Supermodels Continue to Wow the Fashion World
Models are the epitome of high fashion, but some manage to go above and beyond–shaping how we think about beauty for years. It’s important to remember that supermodels are only human. Still, certain supermodels have created legacies for themselves that cannot fade, no matter how much time goes by. Their names endure today as the “original” supermodels because of the influence they had on the industry. Read on to learn how they managed to disrupt the standards and stay fabulous over the years.
1. Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington is well known for her association with Calvin Klein. In 1989, she was the face of the brand’s Eternity fragrance and reclaimed that honor several years later in 2014. Throughout her extensive career, Turlington has appeared in campaigns for Luis Vuitton, Prada, Versace, and Michael Kors.
Today, Turlington is a passionate advocate for the rights, health and well-being of mothers everywhere; she began extensive work with CARE in 2005. She is also heavily involved with Harvard Medical School, where she participates in the Global Health Council.
2. Linda Evangelista
A native of Canada, Linda Evangelista placed first in the 1978 Miss Niagara Teen pageant. Her modeling career truly took off when she signed with New York-based agency Elite Model Management in 1984. Evangelista journeyed to New York, where she would establish herself in the modeling universe.
As a model, Evangelista was highly versatile and could make just about any look or brand work. She even has a hairstyle named after her, The Linda, which gained notoriety after the model revealed a new short do. While the shorter style didn’t resonate with everyone, it did play a part in stimulating her career and helping her become known as one of the finest supermodels of all time. She retired from her illustrious modeling career in 1998, but has since made a few brief comebacks.
3. Helena Christensen
Hailing from Denmark, Helena Christensen got her first taste of the spotlight when she was crowned Miss Denmark in 1986. From then on, her success continued. Christensen was a finalist in the 1987 Elite Model’s Look of the Year Competition. As her career skyrocketed, Christensen left her home country for Paris.
In the early ’90s, she appeared in the music video for singer Chris Isaak’s hit song Wicked Game. This garnered the model even more positive attention. Before she knew it, she was a Victoria’s Secret icon. Beyond modeling, Christensen is passionate advocate for breast cancer awareness and research.
4. Stephanie Seymour
At age 16, Stephanie Seymour was already proving to the world that she had the passion, persistence, and the talent that it takes to be a successful model. Her first gigs were fairly modest, usually for local businesses or newspapers. She rose to prominence in 1983 when she scored a finalist position in Elite Model’s Look of the Year competition.
Perhaps most notably, Stephanie Seymour was one of the first Victoria’s Secret models. She became a face for the brand while it was still relatively new and unknown. Seymour also graced the covers and pages of several high-profile magazines, including Vogue and Sports Illustrated’s popular Swimsuit Issue. She has also ventured into acting, appearing in the 2000 drama Pollock.
5. Elle Macpherson
When you have a nickname like The Body, you have to be one to turn heads consistently. Elle Macpherson managed to do more than that over the course of her career. Macpherson has managed to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue five times. She has also served as a face for such brands as Victoria’s Secret, H&M, and Christian Dior.
Macpherson was not always set on being a successful model. Originally, she began attending Sydney University with the intention of earning a law degree. However, after spending some time modeling in New York to fund her education, Macpherson found herself amidst a storm of adoration. Today, she is also known as a savvy businesswoman. The model founded her own line of skincare products aptly named The Body, and a line of lingerie called Elle Macpherson Intimates. She has also served as the host and producer for NBC’s reality show Fashion Star.
6. Cindy Crawford
Instantly recognizable by the characteristic mole just above her lip, Cindy Crawford also claims a place as one of the five “original supermodels,” alongside famous names like Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. In fact, in the mid-’90s, Forbes identified her as one of the highest-paid supermodels of all time. She has also been a spokeswoman for such well-known brands as Pepsi and Maybelline.
Today, Crawford contributes to a number of causes. Perhaps most notably, the model raises awareness for childhood leukemia, the illness that took her little brother’s life. She is also an advocate for environmental safety; in 2014 she stood up for Malibu residents who had been suffering the consequences of a polluted environment. Crawford is also an apt businesswoman and established Meaningful Beauty, a line of skincare products.
7. Naomi Campbell
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Naomi Campbell first hit it big as a model at the young age of 15. At first, she trained as a ballet dancer at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. However, one day she was browsing the shops at London’s Covent Garden when she was approached with the opportunity of a lifetime. Before she knew it, she had gone from an aspiring ballet dancer to a vivacious model who graced the cover of Elle magazine.
Campbell also made history as a black model. Many of the magazines that featured her had never had a black cover model before. Although she has recently stepped back from the spotlight, Campbell is still going strong today. You might have recognized her in American Horror Story: Hotel, for instance. Campbell also oversees a charity called Fashion for Relief, which has aided countless victims of natural disasters and environmental and humanitarian crises.
8. Jerry Hall
Many may know Jerry Hall best as former partner of Mick Jagger, with whom she shares four children. However, she also had an impressive career as a model. Hall’s career began during a vacation in France when a fashion agent took interest in her. Hall went on to pursue modeling in Paris, one of the world’s leading fashion capitals.
Hall appeared on countless magazine covers and was one of the leading models throughout the ’70s and into the ’80s. For many, Hall’s lithe figure and shimmering blonde hair truly made her stand out. Though her career soared for many years, she eventually decided to withdraw from modeling and delve into the world of television.
9. Rachel Hunter
Representing the country of New Zealand, Rachel Hunter started to enjoy a steady modeling career at the age of 17. She worked extensively in both her home country and in neighboring Australia. She very quickly learned, however, that she was destined for so much more.
Hunter soon became the face of CoverGirl. She also appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit Issue on two separate occasions. Today, at the age of 48, Hunter is still going strong. She is a passionate advocate for the Born Free Foundation, which emphasizes the rights of wild animals.
10. Jean Shrimpton
If there is one woman who exemplifies what it means to be a supermodel, it might be Jean Shrimpton. In fact, many cite her as the first model to ever hold the lofty title of supermodel. Throughout the ’60s, she reigned supreme. Shrimpton earned many nicknames throughout her career including “the Face,” “the Moment,” and perhaps most well-known “the It Girl.”
In 1963, Glamour magazine named Shrimpton its “Model of the Year.” Even decades later, she continues to be called out for various honors. For instance, in 2009, Harper’s Bazaar ranked her among the top 26 models of all time. Three years later, TIME echoed the sentiment by listing her among its 100 most influential icons of all time.
11. Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson
The swinging sixties took London by storm. All of a sudden, young people had a mission: to pursue pleasure and to embrace the care-free nature of the entertainment of the time. That is where Twiggy came in. In fact, some cite her as one of the leading figures of the swinging sixties.
Compared to many of the prominent models that preceded her, Twiggy had a very distinct style. While she was similarly tall and lean, she did not have an overly feminine look. Her long eyelashes and doe eyes drew people in. However, her look often bordered on androgynous. In any case, she spawned a trend that would last over a decade. After stepping back from modeling, she took on roles in film and television. Recently, she helped develop a line of clothing for Marks & Spencer.
12. Anna Bayle
Hailing from Manila in the Philippines, Anna Bayle made history as the first Asian supermodel. For an entire decade, she wowed many with her stunning grace and gorgeous flowing hair. At the time, she was also paid higher than many of her supermodel contemporaries.
Many famed photographers clamored to capture Bayle. Peter Beard, Helmut Newton, and Arthur Elgor were among the most famous to work with Bayle. She also represented such names as Versace, Dior, and Chanel. Her career came to an end in 1994 when Bayle chose to step out of the limelight and retire from modeling.
Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, better known as Iman, has enjoyed quite the fruitful career–as a model, of course, but also as a businesswoman and actress. She is originally from the African nation of Somalia. Additionally, she is well known as the wife of legendary musician David Bowie.
Photographer Peter Beard discovered Iman and urged her to pursue a modeling career seriously. Thus, she took off to the United States, where she was soon in the spotlight. She has been an ambassador for multiple coveted brands including Versace and Calvin Klein. She also runs a successful business, Iman Cosmetics, which has consistently raked in millions of dollars annually for the model.
14. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum has been hard at work as a model since 1992. Although she is presently an American citizen, she was born in Germany and became the first model from that country to earn the coveted title of Victoria’s Secret Angel. She also graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit Issue. In 2011, she raked in an estimated $20 million. According to Forbes, she comes in at second place on the list of the world’s highest-paid models.
Modeling is not the only thing Klum has mastered. She has also been recognized for her work as a host on Project Runway, which earned several Emmy nominations. She won an Emmy in 2013. Klum has also dabbled in film. Her most notable films include Ella Enchanted and Blow Dry.
15. Carolyn Murphy
Carolyn Murphy’s modeling career took off right as the 1990s dawned. She truly hit her stride in 1998 when Vogue named her its “Model of the Year.” That same year, she was the ambassador for Calvin Klein’s perfume line, Contradiction.
Murphy landed the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2005. The model has also backed such names as Versace and Missoni. She appeared in the music video for the Incubus song “Are You In?” Recently, Murphy has expressed an interest in meditation.
16. Molly Sims
Molly Sims, a model since the late ’90s, is accustomed to the spotlight from her many notable gigs. She appeared in several different editions of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. She was also a memorable spokeswoman for Old Navy for a while.
In one of her Sports Illustrated spreads, Sims stood out for the unusual swimsuit she wore. Not only did it look great with her impeccable figure, but the suit itself was worth quite a sum. Made with real diamonds its estimated value was $30,000 USD. Beyond modeling, Sims appeared in film as well. You might recognize her in movies including Yes Man and The Benchwarmers. She also played the role of Delinda Deline in the NBC television series Las Vegas.
17. Amber Valletta
Amber Valletta has enjoyed a steady career as both an actress and a supermodel. Of course, she started modeling before she ever took on a role in any film or television show. She represented such names as Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Additionally, she scored contracts worth millions with both Elizabeth Arden and Calvin Klein.
Then there is her acting career. Valletta has appeared in numerous well-regarded films, including Transporter 2, Hitch, Man About Town, The Spy Next Door, and Dead Silence. Most recently, she portrayed the dastardly Carla Briggs on the ABC soap opera Blood & Oil.
18. Shalom Harlow
Shalom Harlow was actually a close friend of Amber Valletta’s. Together, they hosted House of Style, a show which aired on MTV and offered a glimpse into the world of supermodels. Harlow has appeared on multiple covers of Vogue magazine since launching her impressive modeling career.
Like most top-tier models, Harlow has represented many leading names in fashion. Her work includes campaigns for Versace, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs. Forbes ranked her as one of the top 20 highest-paid models of all time. She has also appeared in films like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and In & Out.
19. Carmen Kass
Carmen Kass hails from the small European country of Estonia. While she is probably best known for her decade-long run with Michael Kors, Kass has represented numerous famous designers. These include Versace, Chanel, Dior, and Calvin Klein.
At just 14 years old, she was unexpectedly discovered while shopping for groceries in Italy! While the sudden attention was certainly a blessing, Kass did not see instant success as a model. However, her luck turned once she moved to Paris. Soon, people were offering her gigs left and right. Kass also has quite a fascinating life outside of modeling. She served as the president of the Estonian Chess Federation for seven years. In 2004, she ran for the European Parliament.
20. Laetitia Casta
Laetitia Casta never dreamed that at just 15 years old, she would be discovered and destined for a career in the spotlight. Yet, Casta was indeed discovered by well-respected photographer Frederic Cresseaux while she was vacationing with her family.
Casta went on to become one of the most-recognized Victoria’s Secret Angels, and also represented L’Oreal. You might have seen her on the cover of magazine covers such as Rolling Stone, Elle, Glamour, and Vogue. She has also established an acting career. Some of her work includes films like Blue Bicycle and Face.
21. Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is a stunning model, whom many might first recognize from her film roles. After all, she portrayed Alice in the popular Resident Evil movie universe. Nonetheless, Jovovich first rose to fame as a model.
In fact, in 2004, she was arguably the highest-paid supermodel of the time. You can find her on well over 100 different magazine covers. Jovovich even had long-term contracts with both Cosmopolitan and Vogue.
22. Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio, who hails from Brazil, has served as a Victoria’s Secret Angel for over a decade. In fact, she has been heavily involved with many aspects of the lingerie brand, and has served as the spokeswoman for the PINK line since 2006.
Victoria’s Secret is not the only name Alessandra Ambrosio has so beautifully represented, however. She has also modeled for Christian Dior, Next, and Armani Exchange. In 2007, People magazine ranked her among its “100 Most Beautiful People in the World.” Several years later, she went on to come in at number six on the Forbes list of highest paid supermodels.
23. Elsa Benitez
Elsa Benitez hails from Mexico and has worked as both a television presenter and a model. Of course, she is perhaps best known for her modeling work. In 2001, she appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, which helped to establish her as a model worth watching.
Benitez knew modeling was right for her in 1995, after she won a major pageant in Costa Rica. She made a name for herself in her home country of Mexico before heading to the United States, then later to Europe. Benitez also served as the host for Mexico’s Next Top Model, from 2009 to 2012.
24. Yamila Diaz-Rahi
A native of Argentina, Yamila Diaz-Rahi is perhaps best known as the first Latina ambassador for CoverGirl. She made her first appearance in Sports Illustrated’s famed Swimsuit Issue in 1999. She went on to appear on the magazine’s cover twice: in 2002 and again in 2006.
Beyond this, Diaz-Rahi has graced several other magazine covers. These include such popular magazines as Elle, Glamour, and GQ. She was discovered by a modeling scout while on vacation in Uruguay; she launched her career in Milan shortly after.
25. Jessica Stam
Jessica Stam is perhaps best known for her “doll face.” She hails from Canada and in 2007 was identified by Forbes as one of the highest-paid supermodels in the world. She ranked sixth out of the 15 models on the list. Stam did not always plan on being a model, however.
Throughout high school, Stam was certain that she wanted to become a dentist. Her plans changed when the right person chanced upon her in a local Tim Hortons. Soon, she was winning accolades, including the 2002 Los Angeles Look contest. She has also represented such names as Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, and Giorgio Armani.
26. Marisa Miller
Marisa Miller saw success starting around 2007. It all began when she took on the role of Victoria’s Secret Angel, a title she still holds with pride today. A year later, she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit Issue.
In fact, Miller’s sudden rise to fame took the worlds of fashion and modeling by storm so much that she was credited with “the return of the Great American Supermodel.” Additionally, she brought motorcycle company Harley-Davidson abundant attention when she became its first official spokesperson.
27. Eva Herzigova
When you think Czech models, the first name that pops into your head is likely Eva Herzigova – and for good reason. You might recognize her from the classic Wonderbra commercial, which was especially memorable because of the iconic, bold “Hello Boys” line on her chest.
Herzigova was 16 years old when she started to model professionally. The year was 1989, and she had just won a notable beauty contest in her home country. Soon, she moved to Paris, where her career took off. In addition to the Wonderbra campaign, Herzigova has also been the face of Guess Jeans. She also appeared on the cover of Vogue in several different countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France, and Japan.
28. Petra Nemcova
Perhaps there is one Czech model who can rival Eva Herzigova. Her name is Petra Nemcova. Like Herzigova, Nemcova was discovered in her home country, specifically in the capital city of Prague. Shortly after being discovered, Nemcova headed to Milan.
In 2003, Nemcova claimed the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit Issue. For five consecutive years, she appeared in the magazine’s highly anticipated special issues. She has also appeared on the cover of magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire. After surviving the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the model established a charity called the Happy Hearts Fund.
29. Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen is not merely an extraordinary, highly paid supermodel. She is, in fact, the highest paid supermodel in the world and has held this title since 2004. Actually, she is among the highest paid people in the world of entertainment. The Brazilian model rose to fame during the 1990s and is easily one of the most recognizable faces to have emerged from that time.
Bündchen reigned as a Victoria’s Secret Angel for several years, from 2000 to 2007. Perhaps most notably, she helped to popularize a whole new way for models to present themselves on stage. If you’ve ever noticed models “stomping,” one foot prominently above the other as they strut down the catwalk, you can thank Bündchen for that style. It is sometimes called the horse walk.
30. Bar Refaeli
Bar Refaeli is probably the most successful model from her home country of Israel. In fact, Forbes identified her as the wealthiest model in Israel, with a net worth of $20 million.
Some might say that Bar Rafaeli was born a model. After all, her career began before she was even one year old. As of today, she has appeared on countless magazine covers across the globe. These include such publications as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Esquire.
31. Cheryl Tiegs
Cheryl Tiegs is another iconic model who many tout as one of the first supermodels ever. In fact, she was a pervasive pop culture icon for the entirety of the 1970s and even into the ’80s. Tiegs is known for a famous poster, in which she dons a flattering pink bikini. That poster has become one of the most iconic photos ever taken of a model.
Tiegs started modeling as a teenager and rose to prominence when someone on the staff of Glamour magazine caught a glimpse of one of her swimsuit ads. At the time, Tiegs was 17. After that lucky discovery, Tiegs ascended the ranks to become one of best known models of her time. She is actually the first model to ever get two features on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
32. Noémie Lenoir
Born in France, Noémie Lenoir started modeling at age 17. One day, a booker for Ford noticed her while she was at the post office, and the rest is history. She never imagined she would soon become one of the leading black models in the world.
Before she knew it, she was representing famous brands, like Next, Gap, and of course Victoria’s Secret. She also represented Marks and Spencer for several years. She has also established a decent acting career. You may recognize her from the 2007 film Rush Hour 3.
33. Kate Upton
When it comes to gracing the covers of well-known magazines, Kate Upton has certainly mastered that art. She’s one of the best cover models, which says a lot since she sits on a list among so many other beautiful women who have also managed to catch tired eyes at grocery store checkout lines.
Upton is perhaps best known for her many appearances in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. After her 2011 debut in the popular magazine, she went on appear in it for another two years and again just this year. She also graced the cover of Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary Issue.
34. Ana Beatriz Barros
Ana Beatriz Barros is another Brazilian model who has left an indelible impression on the industry. She first entertained the idea of modeling at the young age of 13, while on vacation in Rio. There, an agent from Elite Model Management noticed Barros and urged her to enter the 1998 Elite Model Look competition. Barros took runner-up in the contest.
After this accomplishment, she teamed up with fellow Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio in a campaign for GUESS. Barros has since served as the face for countless well-known brands, including Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace.
35. Christie Brinkley
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Christie Brinkley (there are many) is that her career spans decades. She has been in the industry since 1973 and is still relevant today. She has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers, including Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, which she graced for three years in a row.
Brinkley also represented CoverGirl for a staggering 25 years. It makes sense, then, that she has an estimated net worth of around $80 million USD. Moreover, she consistently ranks as one of the most attractive women of all time, according to notable magazines like Allure and Men’s Health.
36. Adriana Lima
Hailing from Brazil, Adriana Lima is perhaps one of the most celebrated Victoria’a Secret Angels yet. At 36 years old, she is still going strong and was just named the “most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel” this year. She has been with Victoria’s Secret since 1999.
Lima is known around the world as more than just a glamorous Victoria’s Secret model. She started turning heads at the early age of 15, when she won Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” contest. Lima has also represented cosmetics brand Maybelline for over a decade.
37. Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland is one of the many lovely models on this list who amplified their career with their first appearance in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. Many even managed to appear in the magazine several times, including Ireland. In fact, she made appearances in the magazine 13 years in a row!
Ireland modeled prolifically throughout the ’80s and ’90s. She also managed to launch her own company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide. The business has been overwhelmingly successful and has catapulted Ireland into first place as the highest payed former model. Even though she has retired from modeling, she remains involved with many charities, particularly those that aim to improve the lives of children in need.
38. Selita Ebanks
The beautiful models featured on this list hail from many different countries, all around the world. Selita Ebanks, though, is the only model on this list from the Cayman Islands, a small British territory in the Caribbean.
Ebanks is perhaps most recognizable as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, a title she held from 2005 until 2009. In fact, she was one of Victoria Secret’s signature models. She has also appeared in several high-end magazines, including Vogue, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
39. Niki Taylor
Niki Taylor got a taste of the model’s life at a relatively young age. She was just 13 when she was picked up by now-defunct Florida-based agency Irene Marie Models. This was only the beginning of the young model’s career, though. While with the agency, Taylor met photographer Jean Renard, who would later become her manager.
Taylor’s first major accomplishment was winning the Fresh Faces contest, which awarded her a modeling contract valued at $500,000. A year later, she graced the cover of Vogue, becoming second only to Brooke Shields as the youngest model to appear on the magazine’s cover.
40. Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls has definitely established herself as a serious top model. The Puerto Rico native has been representing the Victoria’s Secret brand since 2010. She has even been featured in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for six consecutive years.
Smalls has been identified by Forbes as a top-paid supermodel; she ranked eighth place in 2013. She has also served as the face of skincare brand Estée Lauder since 2011 and became the first Latina model to represent the brand.
41. Karen Mulder
Karen Mulder, a breathtaking model from the Netherlands, first rose to prominence in the ’90s and worked consistently into the 2000s. She even enjoyed a singing career. Sadly, her career began to take a nosedive due to her deteriorating mental health.
Karen Mulder got her start in modeling almost by accident. Mulder’s friend secretly submitted pictures of her to the prestigious Elite Model Management “Look of the Year” contest. Mulder wound up taking the preliminary prize in Amsterdam. From there, she went on to appear in campaigns for such names as Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Versace.
42. Paulina Porizkova
Paulina Porizkova was born in Czechoslovakia but spent most of her childhood in Sweden. Porizkova found herself caught in an intense custody battle between her parents and grandmother, which made Porizkova something of a public spectacle before she ever even walked down a runway.
Today, Porizkova is a citizen of both Sweden and the United States. She found her start as a model in Paris in the ’80s. Soon after, she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue for two consecutive years.
43. Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Rosie Huntington-Whitely may have only started modeling just over a decade ago, but she has managed to achieve quite a bit so far. Not to mention, she already had an idea about what it would take to be successful in the industry since she worked behind the scenes at a London modeling agency while in school.
By the time she was 16, Huntington-Whitely was ready for her first modeling gig, with famous denim brand Levi’s. Soon after, she was also modeling for the brand so many in the industry aspire to work with: Victoria’s Secret. Additionally, Huntington-White has established herself as an actress. She recently appeared in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.
44. Miranda Kerr
Active since beginning her career in the late ’90s, Miranda Kerr has earned the distinction of being the first Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel. She joined the company as an Angel in 2007 and has played a major role in publicizing the store in her home country.
Today, Kerr ranks among some of the highest paid models on the planet. She started modeling at 13 years old, when she won a prestigious competition hosted by the now-defunct Australian teen magazine Dolly. Today, Kerr continues to model and even has her own line of skincare products called KORA Organics.
45. Daniela Pestova
Like many of the finest models listed here, Daniela Pestova never really intended to make a career out of modeling. In fact, she had laid plans to pursue higher education. However, the Czech model adjusted her path in pursuit of professional modeling after winning a beauty pageant.
Following her pageant victory, Pestova headed to Paris to begin her life anew as a glamorous supermodel. She later moved to New York as her career escalated. Pestova has graced the covers of many magazines, including Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour.
46. Brooklyn Decker
Brooklyn Decker has enjoyed a successful career as both an actress and a model. She has made it into the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue several times and even landed the cover in 2010. She has also modeled extensively for Victoria’s Secret.
Decker is quite a versatile actress as well. She has dabbled in both television and film. Some of her most notable television cameos include such shows as Royal Pains, Ugly Betty, and Chuck. She has also starred in the films Battleship and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
47. Beverly Johnson
Beverly Johnson has been active in her career since the early 1970s. Since then, she has achieved quite a bit. Her breakthrough accomplishment? Becoming the first African-American to land the cover of Vogue in the U.S. Of course, her success didn’t stop there.
Just one year after her Vogue cover, Johnson graced the cover of the French edition of Elle magazine, becoming the first black woman to do so. The New York Times even identified her as an influential 20th century fashion icon.
48. Claudia Schiffer
Born and raised in Germany, Claudia Schiffer is a supermodel that few will ever forget. Schiffer boasts more magazine cover appearances than most models could dream of. She has appeared on well over 1,000 different covers, a number so extraordinarily high that she earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Today, Schiffer’s net worth is an estimated $55 million. Amazingly, Schiffer never directly set out to be a model. In fact, she envisioned herself following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a lawyer. Today, Schiffer remains active at the age of 47.
49. Kate Moss
To many, Kate Moss is the quintessential supermodel. The English-born star possesses both the pretty face and the slender figure that most people associate with supermodels. Moss also played a major role in popularizing the so-called “heroin chic” look. There’s even a statue of her standing tall and proud at the British Museum.
Moss’ career began in 1989, at the JFK Airport in New York. There, Storm Model Management founder Sarah Doukas took notice of Moss. From then on, opportunities poured in for the young model. Her partnership with Calvin Klein is among the most iconic in fashion history.
50. Tyra Banks
Even people unfamiliar with the world of modeling can name a select few supermodels. Tyra Banks is one name known by almost everyone. Banks ambitiously embarked on her career when she was just 15 years old. Before long, she was making history in the fashion industry.
Banks was the first African-American woman to appear on the covers of such magazines as GQ and Sports Illustrated. In fact, she managed to snag the cover of the latter twice. She has found success as an actress and television personality. Some might even remember her as Eve from the Disney Channel’s classic movie Life Size.
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