The term supermodel became popular in the 1980s, which referred to the models that made bank with multi-million dollar modeling contracts and endorsement.
These supermodels of the 80s and 90s became household names and were recognized all over the world. Let’s take a look at how some of these supermodels back then and how they look today!
Let’s check out the supermodel ladies of the 80s and 90s and what they look like now!
All-American girl Christie Brinkley was actually discovered by an American photographer at a post office in Paris, where she was studying art. She was soon splashed all over magazine covers and had a 20-year contract with CoverGirl. She also appeared on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s cover three years in a row.
Brinkley, 58, still looks great. She has appeared on Broadway and has her own fragrance and jewelry line. She has been unlucky in love though and has been married and divorced four times.
Iman was born in Somalia in 1955. The beauty was spotted by a photographer while she was studying at a university in Kenya. She moved to the United States to pursue modeling. Her first assignment was a huge one, striking a pose for Vogue.
Iman, now 57, is married to musician David Bowie and has a successful line of cosmetics.
German beauty Heidi Klum entered a modeling contest and won, landing a modeling contract in New York. Klum has covered Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit Issue. She also was a Victoria’s Secret “Angel” for many years.
Heidi Klum is now the host of the reality show “Project Runway”. She had a very public split with singer Seal last year and is now dating her bodyguard.
Elle Macpherson was raised in Sydney, Australia. Macpherson enrolled to study law but decided to take time off to make some money in the United States for college. Her modeling career took off and she went on to appear on tons of magazine covers. She has been nicknamed “The Body”.
Macpherson, now 48, has a highly successful lingerie range, Elle Macpherson Intimates, that she launched a decade ago.
Kate Moss discovered at the age of 14 by the founder of Storm Model Management at JFK Airport in New York City.
Moss, 38, still models and is the face of the cosmetics brand Rimmel.
Paulina Porizkova hails from Czechoslovakia and was flown to Paris after a friend sent in her photos to a modeling agency. She became a top model in Paris and later became known in the United States. She posed for Sports Illustrated several times. Paulina also appeared on the cover of Playboy in 1987.
Pořízková, now 47, now has a career as a blogger for the Huffington Post. She is married to The Cars singer, Ric Ocasek.
Cindy Crawford got her start by entering the Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year contest at age 17. She didn’t win but was the runner-up and the agency chose to sign her anyway. She became famous for her beauty and her beauty mark!
Crawford, now 46, quit modeling in 2000 but returned to it in 2011, landing on the cover of Vogue Mexico.
Claudia Schiffer was spotted at the age of 17 by a modeling agent that quickly signed her. She was soon covering magazines and worked as the face of Guess? Jeans.
Schiffer, now 42, has been compared to sex kitten Bridget Bardot.
Linda Evangelista was discovered by a talent agent at the Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant. She created controversy when she chopped off her locks into a pixie cut.
In late June 2011, Evangelista filed court papers that revealed her son was fathered by billionaire Frenchman François-Henri Pinault, who is now married to actress Salma Hayek. They had a nasty battle in court but finally came to a settlement.
Evangelista is known for coining the phrase “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day”.
These supermodels still look great with a little age!
You’ll see quite a few of the ladies in this George Michael video “Freedom”: