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90s Super Models – Where Are They Now?

Posted by Joann Marks on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The term “supermodel” was first coined in 1981 by artist Henry Stacy Marks. In an interview with The Strand Magazine, Marks told journalist Harry How, “A good many models are addicted to drink, and, after sitting a while, will suddenly go to sleep. Then I have had what I call the ‘super’ model.” From then on, the word became popular to describe models that have reached the pinnacle of success. 1992 is considered the height of the supermodel era. Perhaps the best example of the ‘90s supermodels in action is the iconic video ‘Freedom’ by George Michael. Let’s take a look at four of the ‘great eight’ supermodels – Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista and where they are now.

CindyCindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford brought something different to the table. Instead of the typical blonde hair and blue eyes, she’s a brunette with a mole that set her apart. From Dekalb, Illinois, Cindy Crawford’s successful career includes over 1,000 magazine covers. The peak of her career was in the ‘90s. She was even asked to host the MTV show “House of Style” which was a huge hit. As if that wasn’t enough, Crawford went on to create and star in bestselling exercise videos and wrote a best-selling instructional make-up book. Now, she has success with a collaboration with the Meaningful Beauty skincare brand, and her Cindy Crawford Home collection that’s carried at 9 furniture chains (over 500 stores).

claudiaClaudia Schiffer
Claudia is responsible for making most of America want to wear Guess jeans in the ‘90s. Originally from Germany, Claudia started her modeling career in Paris and went on to be the face of Chanel, star in a campaign for Guess, and appear on more than 500 magazine covers. At one point, she was the highest paid model in the world ($50,000 a day) and earning millions through licensing and endorsements. In 2010, Claudia won the Elle Style Awards trophy for Model of the Year just months before her 40th birthday. Claudia now lives with her film director/producer husband in England with their three children.

NaomiNaomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell got her start at 15 and went on to grace the covers of over 500 magazines. Originally from London, Naomi has the distinction of being the first black model for a number of things, including the first to appear on the cover of TIME magazine and the first to appear on the cover of British Vogue. She also flirts with acting, having appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Michael Jackson’s music video ‘In The Closet’. Now you can still see her in advertising campaigns. In 2012 she executive produced and appeared as a supermodel coach on the Oxygen’s series ‘The Face’, and this year in 2015, she starred in the hit TV show Empire.

LindaLinda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista was born in Canada and got her start as a teen doing small modeling jobs. Her rise wasn’t completely smooth however. She quit after being asked to pose nude in Japan, and then didn’t get great work until 1988 when she cut her hair into a short bob. The cut resulted in most of her shows being canceled, but then oddly she started getting more work from the notoriety of her haircut. Linda is also responsible for the quote we’ve all heard before when she said that “models like herself don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day”. Linda retired in 1998 and then returned to modeling in 2001. In 2012, she appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue.

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