They covered and filled the pages of your favorite fashion magazines in the ’80s, but where did all those beautiful and powerful supermodels run off to? Read on to find out.
THEN: Cindy Crawford made having a mole a fashion accessory, served as a spokesmodel for Pepsi, and starred in music videos for George Michael and Bon Jovi. She also hosted MTV’s ‘House of Style’ in the early ’90s.
NOW: Crawford launched her own beauty line called Meaningful Beauty in 2005. She also has her own line of furniture called the Cindy Crawford Home Collection, and a line of home goods for JCPenney. In 2011, Crawford returned to modeling to pose for the cover of Vogue Mexico.
THEN: Linda Evangelista made short haircuts impossibly chic, and famously said of herself and her fellow supermodels, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.
NOW: Evangelista continues to model at the age of 48. In 2007, she signed a contract with L’Oreal, and in 2008 she signed on with Prada. The New York Post reported in 2010 that Evangelista would be the new face of Talbots.
THEN: Christy Turlington was a model for Calvin Klein and starred in music videos for George Michael and Duran Duran.
NOW: Turlington modeled for Calvin Klein from 1987 to 2007, and has been featured in campaigns for Maybelline and Versace. In the 2000s, Turlington launched a skin care line and two fashion lines for Puma. Turlington has written for Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and the Huffington Post, among others. She’s also a great humanitarian, and has done work for a vast array of charities, including CARE and Product Red.
THEN: Janice Dickinson modeled all throughout the ’70s and ’80s and describes herself as the world’s first supermodel. Dickinson appeared on the cover of Vogue a whopping 37 times and was featured on the cover of Elle seven times in a row.
NOW: Dickinson parlayed her supermodel fame into a gig as a judge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ for several seasons. She also had her own modeling agency, which was featured on the reality series ‘The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,’ but apparently business wasn’t as brisk as she’d have liked — because she recently filed for bankruptcy.
THEN: A blonde in a sea of brunettes, German model Claudia Schiffer resembled famed French star Brigitte Bardot, and was handpicked to be the face of Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld himself.
NOW: Schiffer still has a contract with L’Oreal and continues to model. In 2011, she started her own cashmere fashion line, and she’s been praised for her charitable work for UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador. Schiffer is now married to film director Matthew Vaughn and has three children.
THEN: Iman was an instant success as a model — her first modeling assignment was for Vogue in 1976, and her star just grew brighter from there. The Somalian model turned heads with her slender features and exotic look. In addition to modeling, she starred in films like ‘Out of Africa’ with Meryl Streep and ‘Now Way Out’ with Kevin Costner.
NOW: Iman married rock icon David Bowie in 1992, and the pair have one child together. She has her own ethnic cosmetics line called Iman, obviously, and a clothing line called Global Chic that’s sold on the Home Shopping Network. Iman participates in many charities for children, including Keep a Child Alive and Save the Children.
THEN: Elle Macpherson’s modeling career began in 1982 with a campaign for Tab cola, and by 1986 she was on the cover of Time magazine. Earning the nickname ‘The Body,’ she was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record five times.
NOW: Macpherson launched her own line of intimates (aka lingerie) in the early ’90s and went on to have a small acting career, appearing in Woody Allen’s ‘Alice,’ ‘Batman and Robin,’ and ‘The Edge.’ She hosted ‘SNL’ in 1996, and had a recurring role on the sitcom ‘Friends.’ Currently, she hosts ‘Fashion Star’ and ‘Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model.’
THEN: Danish model Helena Christensen graced the covers and pages of every major fashion publication, but you probably know her best as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She also starred in the steamy video for Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” in 1991.
NOW: Christensen continues to model, appearing in Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. She’s also a photographer, and her work has been seen in the pages of Nylon, Marie Claire, and Elle.
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