These days when someone says supermodel, you probably think of young beauties like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, or even Instagram stars like Alexis Ren. But before this new crop of models, there were the original supermodels — those who walked the high fashion runways and graced magazine cover, after magazine cover. Not many models become household names, and even less have careers that span decades. But these women defied the odds. Here’s what the original supermodels look like today.
Models come and go, but if there’s one supermodel who has made a name for herself across generations, it’s Crawford. Beginning with her breakout Vogue cover in 1986, Crawford has done it all in her decades-long career, and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down anytime soon. These days, she owns a skincare line and serves as a mentor for her two children, who’ve taken on the world of modeling themselves. “It’s been really fun for me to see my kids get their feet wet in the fabulous world of fashion,” Crawford shared with Vanity Fair in 2017.
Evangelista revealed to Interview that her agents told her when she first started modeling in the ’80s to expect a career span of three years. Instead, she became one of the most well-known, sought after models in history, to the point that she famously claimed she wouldn’t “get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.” Her work includes print and runway, and she even appeared in a couple George Michael music videos. Today, she’s a working mother, finding time to serve as the vice president, creative director, and spokesperson for topical wrinkle-erasing concentrate, Erasa.
First discovered in her teen years, Turlington went on to work with huge names like Vogue, Calvin Klein, and Maybelline. Despite her success, she left the modeling world in 1994 to pursue her education.She told Interview that she felt exploited during her modeling career, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been busy!
In 2003, she married actor Edward Burns, with whom she has two kids. She also started Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit that provides maternal health to women across the world. Most recently, she’s gotten back into modeling, starring in a Calvin Klein fragrance campaign with her husband, and gracing the cover of Vogue Paris in April 2017.
While you may recognize Campbell best from that infamous 2006 cell phone throwing incident, she first made a name for herself on the runways, in music videos, and even as the first black cover model for Vogue — but it wasn’t always easy.
“When I started out, I wasn’t being booked for certain shows because of the colour of my skin,” she wrote in the Guardian. Her career has never really slowed down. She’s since served as the executive producer for the reality show The Face, made guest appearances in shows like American Horror Story and Empire, and even interviewed Vladimir Putin.