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Does "Supermodel" Mean Anything Anymore?

Does "Supermodel" Mean Anything Anymore?

We all know the supermodels by their first names: Naomi. Linda. Christy. Heidi. Gisele. Whitney.

Wait, Whitney? Yep, Whitney Thompson — as in the winner of America's Next Top Model. She's launching her own line of handmade jewelry and candles, calling it Supermodel. "I've tried to make my collection real," she told First Coast News. "It's stuff that I love and I would wear and I'm a supermodel so I was thinking, 'Hey! Supermodel.'"

While I love Top Model and hope that Whitney's endeavor goes well, none of the show's winners are exactly household names in the way that Cindy Crawford is. Then again, neither are the most popular runway models — just try asking a random dude who Jessica Stam or Raquel Zimmerman are. So maybe Claudia Schiffer is right when she says that the age of the supermodel is long over. If it is, do you think it matters?

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clearskies clearskies 7 years
I would like the "supermodel" thing to come back. I still think claudia, cindy, tyra, iman, naomi are all soo so beautiful still! But the more recent "it" models aren't as timeless. People like gisele, alesandria, bar, marissa...they are all debateably beautiful...
chillchic chillchic 7 years
Long gone. When i think super model, the first 2 names I think of are Cindy and Naomi, and both of them are old.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
In addition to what most of you already commented on, models no longer grace the covers of magazines. All of the fashion mags are taken over by celebs. So there is little recognizability now
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
I agree with Daisy Duke. I actually read an article not too long ago, discussing this topic. It said that there are no more supermodels, because advertising can just use celebrities. That makes me happy, because at least these women (some of them anyway) have done something with their lives, instead of just getting on the covers of magazines with only their looks.
qtpie qtpie 7 years
Hahaha "I'm a supermodel". Delusional much.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Yeah, I remember the supers having curves, looking strong, looking definitely womanly. I don't like the whole "real women" meme that insinuates that thin women are somehow not real, but in GENERAL I think the supers presented a better ideal. They looked strong and womanly, whereas the current obsession is more about looking frail and girlish.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
When I think of the women you mentioned, Bella, I think of beautiful tall women with curves. Yes, they are slim, but look like WOMEN ... compared to the 14-15 year old kids we see on the runway.
Faylinn Faylinn 7 years
Yogaforlife: that's exactly it. Today, a model's job life is too short for anyone to achieve supermodel status. Also, the word "supermodel" has been so diluted these past few years, mainly thanks to ANTM, that just about any recognizable model is considered to be one.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Yogaforlife, that's a good point re: puberty. I feel like models often are considered "old" by the time they hit 20 or 21, which is ridiculous.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
No, because nearly every model is considered one nowdays...
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I think that the time of supermodels has passed. Very few models last years the way the models of the 80's and 90's did. The "IT" girl changes each season and while some girls do have regular work, they rarely become the faces of powerhouses for multiple years. I think it's also hard for these young, pubescent girls to reach supermodel status when the minute puberty really kicks in and their looks change, they are out of a job.
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
I always laugh when I see Top Model. Those girls have not had "top model" careers by any means. I read a LOT of fashion magazines every month and have never seen them. I think it's just people that want to be on TV really. I definitely think the era of supermodel is over. Now that models are being replaced by celebrities for clothing, perfume, magazine covers, models aren't as relevant as they were back in the day! I miss the days of models on magazine covers. Now it's just actresses and singers!
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