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Legendary Supermodels: Then and Now

Jun 14 2011 - 3:15am

In the 1990s, it was all about the "big six" [1] models, an aesthetically-blessed group that consisted of top earners such as Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Cindy Crawford.

While a debate exists over who coined the term supermodel, Swedish model Lisa Fonssagrives, who was at the height of her career from the '30s through the '50s, is often credited as the world's first. But many models who came afterward earned legendary status. So to see what some of these famed models are up to now, just read on.

Cheryl Tiegs, 63

Cheryl Tiegs recently guest judged on RuPaul's Drag Race, and in 2009, she was a judge on ABC's True Beauty [2]. She also has an antiwrinkle cream out called Unbelievable by Cheryl Tiegs.

Grace Jones, 63

Grace Jones, known for her wild makeup looks and over-the-top outfits, has proved to be a great source of inspiration for Lady Gaga [3]. However, in an interview in 2010, Grace famously said that when Lady Gaga had asked to perform with her, she said no. "I'd just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually," Grace explained [4].

Helena Christensen, 42

Helena Christensen [5] is a photographer whose work has been featured in Nylon and Marie Claire. Last year, she posed for Reebok EasyTones wearing nothing but the sneakers. "I have no problems with showing my body," Helena revealed in Elle's January 2010 issue, adding, "I'm Danish. Everyone's naked on the beaches. We don’t really give a sh*t." She's also heavily involved in breast cancer fundraising.

Lauren Hutton, 67

Lauren Hutton just gets better with age. She has her own makeup line, Makeup by Lauren Hutton [6], and recently modeled for an Alexis Bittar jewelry campaign.

Iman, 55

The still-gorgeous model owns Iman Cosmetics and Global Chic, a line of affordable accessories sold on HSN. She's one of the hosts of The Fashion Show on Bravo, and won a Fashion Icon Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA in 2010.

Janice Dickinson, 56

Known for her outspoken ways, Janice Dickinson was a judge on ANTM for the first four cycles. She then opened her own modeling agency, with the process featured on Oxygen's The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. She has also appeared on numerous other reality shows over the course of the past several years.

Stephanie Seymour, 42

Stephanie Seymour wrote a beauty how-to book, Beauty Secrets For Dummies in 1998, starred in a 2006 Gap campaign, and posed nude for Vanity Fair in 2009. Earlier this year, along with several other top models, she talked with Oprah Winfrey [7] on dealing with body issues.

Twiggy, 61

Twiggy charmed American audiences as one of the judges on ANTM from 2005 to 2007. She still models for British retailer Marks & Spencer and has been a spokesmodel for Olay. Twiggy is also a supporter of breast cancer research, animal welfare, and antifur campaigns.

Carol Alt, 50

Carol Alt recently hosted a Wilhelmina 40-plus model search and is a promoter of the raw food movement. She also has her own raw, natural skin care line called Raw Essentials [8].

Beverly Johnson, 58

Beverly Johnson revolutionized modeling when she became the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Vogue. In 2010, Beverly created a line of restorative hair care products for Target. She also has a line of wigs called the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection, and was a judge for two seasons on She's Got the Look, a modeling competition for women over 35.

Elle Macpherson, 48

Elle Macpherson designs her own line of retro-inspired lingerie [9], and even has her own set of skin care products, The Body. She is also the host and executive producer of Britain’s Next Top Model, and was recently chosen to host NBC's upcoming reality show, Fashion Star.

Paulina Porizkova, 46

Paulina was a judge on Cycle 10 of ANTM, but was allegedly fired for being unpopular with viewers. The author of a novel, she's currently a blogger for Modelinia and the Huffington Post.

Tyra Banks, 37

Tyra's success just keeps on growing. She retired from modeling in 2005, but re-signed with IMG Models in 2010. She's the creator, executive producer, and host of ANTM, and was the co-creator of True Beauty. She also hosted the Emmy-winning daytime talk show The Tyra Banks [10] Show until it ended in 2010. Most recently, she launched fashion and beauty site called Type F, and hosts an online web series called Fa-Fa-Fa-Fashion with Andre Leon Talley.

Christie Brinkley, 57

In April 2011, Christie made her Broadway debut playing Roxie Hart in Chicago. These days, she paints, sculpts and creates artwork from her Hamptons home. Christie says a vegetarian diet and the way she takes care of herself physically, spiritually, and emotionally helps her look fantastic at 57. "Plus, great genes," she told Oprah. "My mom, at 80, is gorgeous."What else does every woman need? "A great dermatologist."

Heidi Klum, 38

Heidi has managed to keep busy since she stopped modeling for Victoria’s Secret in 2010. She is the host, judge, and executive producer of Project Runway and Germany’s Next Top Model. She has two fragrances, a jewelry collection for Mouawad, a denim collection for Jordache, and maternity collections for A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity. She’s also married to Seal and has four adorable kids.

Kim Alexis, 50

According to her website [11], Kim has a new line of jeans coming out this Summer called Curve Appeal [12]. She also does many speaking engagements, and wrote a book titled A Model For a Better Future.

Veruschka von Lehndorff, 72

After leaving the modeling business in 1975, Veruschka starred in films like The Bride, L'Orchestre Rouge, and Casino Royale. She walked the runway during the Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2000 and most recently, she modeled for Giles Deacon's Spring 2011 show during London Fashion Week.

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