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Then And Now: ’80s And ’90s Supermodels


Supermodels are called that because not only are they incredibly beautiful women who know how to look hot no matter what they wear, but they also have superpowers. At least that’s what I believe. And by superpowers, I mean the ability to make or break a fashion show just with their presence on the runway. It’s been like that in the 80s and 90s and it’s still like that. Sure, there are successful fashion shows that hire models we don’t know but think about it, once they hire a supermodel, you know about it immediately and it automatically becomes the most talked about fashion show. Let’s take a look at some of the supermodels from the 80s and 90s and see what they look like now.

1. Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks biggest break happened in the 90s when she was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Well, guess what, she did it again in 2019. Twenty years have passed and Tyra’s still a supermodel, not to mention her big success as a TV personality and a host of her own show.

2. Christy Turlington

She started modeling when she was 14, got her big break at 18 when she appeared on the cover of Vogue and featured in a Duran Duran music video. Christy is now 51 and she still looks stunning. She’s a mother of 2 and she founded a non-profit called Every Mother Counts.

3. Claudia Schiffer

Everyone knows who Claudia Schiffer is, but she had to be convinced to become a model. She was scouted in a nightclub in the late 80s and the rest is history. Clearly, modeling turned out great for her, she’s not just a supermodel, she’s a legend at this point. These days she’s a happy mom of three children, has released multiple exercise videos, works with UNICEF and has her own cashmere collection.

4. Linda Evangelista

Linda clearly knew that she was model material because she was discovered when she entered a modeling competition for teenagers. Within three years she appeared on the cover of Vogue and famously said that she doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.


5. Naomi Campbell

You can’t talk about supermodels and not mention Naomi Campbell. She was the first black model to do so many things, like appear on multiple Vogue covers and even on the cover of Times back in the day. And you know what? It looks like she hasn’t aged a day since.

6. Cindy Crawford

Cindy was a risk-taker. Did you know that before she decided to be a model she used to be a valedictorian in her high school? And then she chose to drop out of college to pursue modelling full time? She also used to think that her beauty mark was a defect and would hurt her career but it’s what set her apart and landed her the Vogue cover. Now Cindy has stepped away from modelling but her daughter who’s a spitting image of her mom seems to be following in her footsteps.

7. Kate Moss

We all know Kate Moss as the queen of heroin chic in the 90s. She was discovered at a young age of 14 and by the time she was 18, she signed a deal with Calvin Klein and became the It Girl in the world of fashion. She also famously dated Johnny Depp. Moss is still very relevant in the world of fashion, she works with Topshop, has multiple perfumes with her name and works as a contributing fashion editor of British Vogue.

8. Heidi Klum

Heidi won a modeling contest in Germany and the prize was a $300 000 contract with a Metropolitan Models modeling agency in New York. She’s most well known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel for years and she hosted Project Runway which got her an Emmy. She’s 46, she has 4 kids, she still looks incredible and just last year she got married to Tom Kaulitz, the 30-year-old guitarist of Tokio Hotel.