Linda Evangelista – Then
Would Linda Evangelista have ever risen to her incredible fame if she wasn’t the muse of photographer Steven Meisel? She has the record for most appearances on the Vogue Italia cover, all of which were shot by Meisel. She started modeling in 1984, and in 2008 was voted the Greatest Supermodel of all Time. While many of her contemporaries chose to try acting or television, she remained true to modeling.
Linda Evangelista – Now
Evangelista is well known for her comment, “we don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” She officially stopped modelling in 1998, but returned to the modelling scene in 2001, including cover shoots for Vogue, and catwalks for the likes of Versace and Dolce and Gabbana. She has had many high profile relationships, including filing court papers for child support against billionaire Francois Henri Pinault, after he was married to Salma Hayek.
Beverly Johnson – Then
Beverly Johnson made history in 1974 by being the first African American model to take the cover of American Vogue in 1974. She then did the same thing in 1975 for French Elle. As well as being a famous model, she launched a successful acting career, appearing in movies such as Crossroads and Ashanti, and guest starring in TV shows like Law and Order. Not content with acting and modeling, she also released an album, Don’t Lose the Feeling in 1979!
Beverly Johnson – Now
Beverly still appears as an actress, most recently as herself in the TV show Beverly’s Full House in 2012. Beverly has also written a memoir, called The Face that Changed it All, which came out in 2015, and a book called Beverly Johnson’s Guide to a Life of Health and Beauty. She memorably accused Bill Cosby of drugging her in 2014, leading to a defamation suit against her, which Cosby dropped in 2016.
Paulina Porizkova – Then
Paulina Porizkova was the first woman from Central Europe to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit., in 1984. She was just 18 years old. She has been chosen amongst the 50 most beautiful people by People magazine two times in her life, and Photo magazine called her the model of the 1980’s. Her campaigns include Chanel, Versace, Oscar De La Renta, and Revlon. She has also done some acting work, including writing and directing the film, Roomates.
Paulina Porizkova – Now
More recently, Paulina has done less modeling and more TV work, such as being the judge of America’s Next Top Model between 2008-2010 in seasons 10-12. She is also playing Ana in TV show Nightcap. Paulina’s love life has been pretty tame by modeling standards. She married Ric Ocasek in 1989, who is the lead singer of the band The Cas. They met initially when she was 18. They have two children together, Oliver and Jonathan.
Milla Jovovich -Then
In 1998, Milla Jovovich was just 23 years old, but already one of the most famous supermodels in the world. In her career she has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers, as well as launching campaigns for Donna Karan, Versace, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior. She then became a spokesmodel for L’Oreal. She has been an alleged muse for many huge names in fashion, from Miuccia Prada, to Gianni Versace.
Milla Jovovich – Now
Jovovich is going strong as a model, hired as the face of Jacob & Co jewellery in 2012. She is most serious about being an actress however, saying that “modeling was never a priority.” Her breakout movies include The Fifth Element and Resident Evil. She is also known for a music career, some work in fashion design, and as a general media personality. She might be the model with the most versatile career, dipping a finger in every celebrity pie out there!
Naomi Campbell – Then
Naomi Campbell was recruited to a modeling agency at the age of 15. She was one of the original six supermodels, and one of the most recognisable of her generation. As well as catwalk shows for Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, and dozens of other designers, she also has starred in advertising campaigns for Fendi, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and high street brands like H&M, Gap, Macy’s and Victoria Secret.
Naomi Campbell – Now
From her modeling success, Campbell has been able to launch her career in other areas, such as music, and acting. Recently she played the part of Camilla in Amazon hit show, Empire. She also launched modeling reality TV show, The Face. She also has a cosmetics line, with signature fragrances. In her personal life, she has never married, and has no children, although she was once engaged to Adam Clayton from U2.
Claudia Schiffer – Then
Born in Germany, Claudia Schiffer is one of the world’s most famous and recognisable models. She has often been compared to Brigitte Bardot. She has the Guinness world record for the most number of magazine covers, which is more than 1000! She’s also done some acting, appearing first in the children’s movie, Richie Rich, and then with Dennis Hopper in The Blackout. Hr ad campaigns include high end like Fendi, Bulgari and Armani, as well as high street such as Mango.
Claudia Schiffer – Now
Claudia is still under contract with L’Oreal, and is still a model who is in demand. Claudia famously dated magician David Copperfield from 1993-1999, even announcing an engagement with him. She then met and married Matthew Vaughn the film director, and the two have three children together. Schiffer is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, as well as working on the Make Poverty History campaign.
Heidi Klum – Then
For 13 years, Heidi was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, the first German model to ever manage the appointment. She also hosted numerous Victoria Secret fashion shows, and appeared on the cover of Vogue in four countries, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain. She is also a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl. You might remember that she was also the face of Givenchy’s Amarige perfume. Despite being a household name, Lagerfeld has said that she is “insignificant in the world of fashion” Ouch!
Heidi Klum – Now
Fun fact about Heidi, she is Barbie’s official ambassador! She got this honor on the 50th anniversary of Barbie, back in 2009. She has used her modeling career to create acting opportunities for herself, such as in The Devil Wears Prada, and Ella Enchanted. She is also now a judge on the NBC hit reality television program, America’s Got Talent. She was also the host, judge and producer of Project Runway, where designers compete for their own fashion line.
Bar Rafaeli – Then
Bar Rafaeli is an Israeli model, known for achieving the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, as well as being voted number one on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 list in 2012. She is probably the model who started her job earliest out of anyone on our list, as her first gig was at the age of eight months! She then started modeling seriously at the age of 15, for fashion brand Castro, as well as Pilpel.
Bar Refaeli – Now
In 2013, Forbes ranked Bar Refaeli as the highest paid model in Israel, with a net worth of $20 million. She is also now the host of X Factor Israel, and often appears on television and in films, such as the GoDaddy Super Bowl commercials, and a part in the Israeli TV drama Pick Up. A savvy businesswoman, she has a stake in many businesses and brands as well, including start-ups and longstanding companies.
Christie Brinkley – Then
Brinkley became famous in the 70’s, when she was known for her Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers, three in a row! She was the face of CoverGirl for twenty five years, which is the longest any cosmetics contract has kept the same model. She has been married four times, most famously to musician Billy Joel. She has been named one of the best looking women of all time, by men’s magazines such as Allure.
Christie Brinkley – Now
Now 63 years old, Brinkley’s modeling days are mostly behind her, but she was seen on Dancing with the Stars in 2012. She has an estimated $80 million net worth, making her one of the richest models in the world. She is a huge philanthropist, giving money to animal rights charity PETA, as well as supporting the Democratic Party of the United States. Brinkley and Billy Joel are still friends, and Joel even came to her subsequent weddings!
Josie Maran – Then
Josie Maran first began her modeling career at the age of17, her first cover was Glamour magazine, in 1998. She did both magazines and commercials, as well as making a guest appearance in the music video for the Backstreet Boys smash hit Everybody! She also managed to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for three consecutive years, between 2000 and 2002. She also sang and played in the band Darling, alongside Nicole Richie.
Josie Maran – Now
More recently, Josie has been focusing on business opportunities. She has her own cosmetics line, called Josie Maran Cosmetics. She is focused on producing fair trade and ethical products, and even uses the slogan “luxury with a conscience.” She is married to photographer Ali Alborzi, and they have two daughters, Rumi and Indi. You might have also seen her in the 2007 season of Dancing with the Stars, although she didn’t last long!
Molly Sims – Then
Born in America, Molly Sims began modeling at the age of 19, after dropping out of school where she was studying political science. She was a spokesmodel for the clothing brand Old Navy, well known for her slogan, “You gotta get this look!” She was also in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition in5 different years. In the 2006 issue, she wore a $30 million bikini, designed by Susan Rosen. As well as a model, she has worked as an actress.
Molly Sims – Now
Molly is married to Scott Stuber, and they have three children, one daughter and two sons. She still works as a model, and is currently signed by CoverGirl, and to Next Models Management in New York. She is also well known for her part as Delinda Deline in the show Las Vegas. She has her own jewellery collection, called Grayce, by Molly Sims. In her spare time, she’s a Global Ambassador for Population Services International Five & Alive program.
Tyra Banks – Then
Tyra started modeling at the age of 15, and has broken a number of records as an African American model. She was the first to appear on the covers of both GQ, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, and has consistently been counted amongst the most popular and well-paid models in the world. She has always acted as well, first appearing in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air in the early 90’s. She’s also appeared in many music videos, like Michael Jackson’s Black of White.
Tyra Banks – Now
As well as taking the place of Nick Cannon as the host of America’s Got Talent, she has also enjoyed a lot of other television roles. Most notable, is her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, which had 5 seasons, and won two Emmy awards. She is one of seven women who have been ranked the most influential people in the world repeatedly by Time magazine. She has one son with photographer Erik Asla, who was born in 2016.
Amber Valletta – Then
Amber was enrolled in modeling school by her mother at the age of 15, and was at the Linda Layman Agency, just like Kate Moss and Carolyn Murphy. In the 1990’s, Amber Valletta was the face of numerous fashion brands, from Armani and Chanel, to Prada and Gucci, making her one of the most famous supermodels of the decade. She also had multi-million-dollar contracts signed with Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden.
Amber Valletta – Now
After the turn of the millennium, Valletta decided to focus on her acting career, although she still does modeling alongside. She closed the Versace Winter show 2017 for example, and can be seen modeling for Marks and Spencer. Fans of TV show Revenge will remember her role as Lydia in the show, and she has also had parts in movies such as What Lies Beneath, The Family Man, and Raising Helen opposite Kate Hudson.
Cheryl Tiegs – Then
Remember Cheryl Tiegs Pink Bikini poster? It is probably what Cheryl is best known for, and skyrocket her to iconic success in the 1970’s. She is also known for doing three covers of TIME, including the All-American cover story in 1978. She uses her fame for a lot of charity and outreach, including serving on the board of the Earth Conservation Corps, and being a spokesman for City of Hope and Planned Parenthood.
Cheryl Tiegs – Now
In 2008, Cheryl Tiegs was chosen as one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People, as well as Men’s Health Magazine’s 100 Hottest Women of all Time 2012. She even did a bikini shoot in 2001, showing that age is just a number. She has been married four times, most notably to Gregory Peck’s son, Anthony. She does the occasional reality TV, such as appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, and Family Guy!
Cindy Crawford – Then
Throughout the 80’s, Cindy Crawford was one of the most popular and well known supermodels in the world, appearing on hundreds of magazine covers, and the star of some of the most high profile campaigns of the time. This included Hermes, Valentino, Maybelline, Pepsi, and Gap, as well as catwalk modeling for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Versace. She is also well known for her trademark beauty mark, a mole above her lip.
Cindy Crawford – Now
Cindy Crawford is now 51 years old, and although she retired in 2000, on occasion she is still modeling! Michael Kors has famously 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.” She was married to Richard Gere in the 90’s, but is now married to Rande Gerber, with whom she has two kids, both of whom are models.
Carolyn Murphy – Then
Vogue’s model of the year in 1998, Murphy has been a model since she was a child at the Linda Layman Agency. She was chosen to be the millennium cover of American Vogue, as well as the face of Calvin Klein’s fragrance, Contradiction. She has also starred in campaigns for Missoni, Tiffany & Co, and Versace. Not content with just modeling, she has also dabbled in acting, playing Dubbie in the film Liberty Heights.
Carolyn Murphy – Now
More recently, Carolyn Murphy was cast as the host of Project Runway in 2012, to replace Angela Lindvall. This brought her onto Forbes list of the highest paid models, making her number 9 with an estimated $3.5 million earned in just one year. She is currently unmarried after her marriage to Jake Schroeder lasted only 2 years from 1999-2001, but she is in a relationship with Lincoln Pilcher. The couple are known to practice Transcendental Meditation.
Elle Macpherson – Then
Elle Macpherson is also known by the nickname “the body” and you can see why! She holds the record for most Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers, at five issues, and used her modeling career to launch many other opportunities for herself, too. She has appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines, from Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and Australian publications like Cosmo, and Time.
Elle Macpherson – Now
Thanks for her modeling fame, Elle was able to move into other industries, including an acting career, (remember her as Janine on Friends?) and business initiatives such as a lingerie line and skincare products too. She dated Billy Joel in the 1980’s, and is believed to be inspiration for his hit song, Uptown Girl. She married billionaire Jeffrey Soffer in 2013, but announced their divorce earlier this year.
Jerry Hall – Then
This photo was taken in 1980, when Jerry Hall was just 24 years old, but already a successful model. She had been featured on more than 40 magazine covers, and was earning around $1,000 a day for her modeling. She had also just started her acting career, with a small part in Urban Cowboy. In the 70’s, she was romantically involved with Bryan Ferry, who gave her an engagement ring, but the romance was not to be.
Jerry Hall – Now
Jerry Hall ended up in a relationship with none other than Mick Jagger, from the Rolling Stones. In fact, Jagger ended up breaking up with his wife Bianca Jagger because of their romance. Although they were seen together inseparably for many years, even having a unofficial marriage ceremony, and four children together, Jerry and Mick broke up in 1999 because of Jagger’s infidelity. She married Rupert Murdoch in 2016.