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‘90s Super Models Part II – Where Are They Now?

Posted by Andrea Welzien on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The supermodels of the ‘90s were unique from their predecessors for their distinct looks and strong, lean builds. They ruled both the catwalk and editorial shoots, achieving both celebrity status and tremendous sums of money. As a continuation of Part I of this article, let’s take a look at four more of the ‘great eight’ supermodels – Elle Macpherson, Helena Christensen, Stephanie Seymour, and Christy Turlington, and where they are now.

ElleElle Macpherson
In 1989, Time magazine put Australian Elle Macpherson on the cover and nicknamed her ‘The Body’. So of course, you can imagine what her figure was like (and still is). Elle Macpherson’s six foot athletic build has represented Victoria’s Secret and graced the covers of Sports Illustrated and Playboy. After being discovered while on ski vacation, Elle evolved into one of the wealthiest models in the business. Elle also of course had a successful fitness video and sold her own photo calendars. She is arguably Australia’s most iconic supermodel and made millions off of her entrepreneurial endeavors. Her most recent effort is co-creating the health products line, WelleCo. Just this year, she was on the cover of BAZAAR’s annual Luxury Issue.

HelenaHelena Christensen
It seems that a good sign that you were a ‘90s supermodel is having a major music video on your resume. Helena Christensen starred with Chris Isaak in his “Wicked Game” music video, topless on the beach. Her role in the video was really impactful on pop culture. She is a native of Copenhagen, Denmark (she’s half Danish and half Peruvian), and began modeling at nine! She went on to become Miss Denmark and eventually became immensely successful as a model—Gianni Versace described her as having “the most beautiful body in the world”. Helena is now an accomplished photographer and considers that her main love. There’s more, she also owns a New York boutique, and a haircare collection (Model.Me).

StephanieStephanie Seymour
From San Diego, California, Stephanie Seymour actually caught John Casablanca’s eye and moved to New York to work for him as an Elite model. She had her first Vogue cover at 18 and was featured in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, Victoria’s Secret catalogs, and Playboy. Stephanie starred in several music videos, including Don’t Cry by Guns N’ Roses. In addition, she had a role in a live-action video game and had some small television roles. She was also notorious for her private life, having a history of dating married men (including John Casablanca). Interesting fact: Stephanie Seymour lived with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista in Paris at the beginning of their careers! Currently Seymour still models.

ChristyChristy Turlington
You may recognize Christy Turlington from her work with Maybelline, Calvin Klein, and Georgio Armani, or—more than 300 magazine covers. She’s from California and did not start her modeling career intentionally. A photographer asked if he could take her picture while she was horseback riding and the photo somehow got to a modeling agency. Her interesting look can be credited to having a European-American father and a mother from El Salvador. A clear indication of her success was when the Metropolitan Museum of Art declared her as the ‘Face of the 20th Century’. Not only is she considered to be one of the ‘great eight’ supermodels in the ‘90s, she also was referred to as part of the ‘trinity’ of models during this era (she, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista). The ‘trinity’ appeared in George Michaels’ Freedom video. Christy still models today and continues to represent Maybelline cosmetics. Aside from modeling, Christy also co-founded Fashion Café with Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, co-created the skincare line Sundari, and developed an active women’s clothing line for Puma.


Photo Credits:
“Elle Macpherson” by Newtown grafitti is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Helena Christensen, Chanel 1992” by fervent-adepte-de-la-mode is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Stephanie Seymour” photo credit Wikipedia
“Christy Turlington” photo credit Wikipedia

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