The term “supermodel” is rarely used anymore, but it was applied quite often to many fashion models in the 1980s and 1990s. The definition of a supermodel is, according to Wikipedia, “a highly-paid fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in haute couture and commercial modeling.” That reputation, as we all know, can be good or bad. Only a handful of supermodels from the 1990s are “super” enough to be called supermodels. The following are ten of the most awesome supermodels of the 1990s.
1. Linda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista was born in Canada and went on to become the face of the world-renowned companies Ralph Lauren, Estee Lauder and Christian Dior. Her hair color changed as often as her outfit, as she sported blonde, black and brown hair, at varying lengths. Others have often called Evangelista the chameleon, as she was able to change her entire look based upon the needs of an individual client. Today, Evangelista is 46 and still models as the new face of Talbots.
2. Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington was famous not only for being a supermodel but also for being a smoker. In 1995, when she publicly gave up the cigs altogether, she was praised. Turlington modeled Calvin Klein undies and Chanel cosmetics in the 1990s. Turlington is now 42 and married to actor Ed Burns. She has turned to documentary filmmaking and is also studying for a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University.
3. Naomi Campbell
British bad girl Naomi Campbell was as famous for her public antics as she was for her modeling in the 1990s. Her long list of ex-beaus from the 90s includes Adam Clayton of U2 and actor Robert DeNiro. Campbell was a friend of Madonna as well, posing for her Sex book and appearing in Madonna’s controversial video, “Erotica.” In addition to the public hoopla she was a part of, she modeled for Vogue’s cover many times, appeared in the Polish edition of Playboy, and modeled for Victoria’s Secret in the 1990s. More recently, she’s been in the news for her troubles with the law. At age 40, Campbell is still working today, as she is signed to modeling agencies in New York, London, Paris and Milan.
4. Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford first came to light in a 1980s Pepsi commercial, and the public was introduced to her all-American good looks (and her famous mole). Crawford, who married actor Richard Gere, was one of the hottest supermodels in the 1990s. As the face of Revlon, she gained even more public exposure, and became an actress as well as a model. The height of her modeling in the 1990s was when she appeared nude and pregnant on the cover of a woman’s magazine. Crawford left the world of modeling in 2000 and has launched a line of home furnishings for a variety of furniture companies. The 45 year old still does occasional independent modeling gigs.
5. Claudia Schiffer
German model Claudia Schiffer is as famous for her blonde haired, blue eyed good looks as she is for her famous beau in the 1990s (magician David Copperfield). She modeled for famous companies including L’oreal and Victoria’s Secret, and even appeared nude in an ad for Citroen. Her workout videos helped women get in shape during the 1990s. She has also appeared in a variety of films in recent years, honing her acting skills. Schiffer, now 40, is still active in the modeling world and is signed to modeling agencies in New York, London and Hamburg.
6. Amber Valletta
American supermodel Amber Valletta was the face of Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Versace in the 1990s. She appeared on the cover of Vogue many times. Since then, she has acted in films ranging from “Premonition” to “Gamer” and has also publicly supported the campaign of President Barack Obama. Valletta still models occasionally and also has remained active in the film world at the age of 37 today.
7. Kate Moss
Kate Moss was as famous for her drug use as she was for her modeling skills in the 1990s. She also dated famous celebrities including Johnny Depp. One of her best-recalled modeling stints was in Calvin Klein’s “Heroin Kids” ad. Her body weight frightened many in and out of the modeling world, yet did not hamper her from becoming one of the hottest supermodels of the 1990s. Today, the 37 year old Moss is worth over 40 million pounds and still quite active in the modeling world.
8. Elle Macpherson
Australian beauty Elle Macpherson was famous for being on the cover of Sports Illustrated numerous times during the 1990s. She also posed nude for Playboy in 1994. Macpherson created an exercise video during the nineties and also started acting, grabbing some huge roles such as the role of Batman’s girlfriend in “Batman & Robin.” Today, at age 46, Macpherson hosts “Britain’s Next Top Model,” helping to discover tomorrow’s Elle Macpherson.
9. Heidi Klum
German international supermodel Heidi Klum became one of the famous faces (and bodies) for Victoria’s Secret in the 1990s. She graced the cover of many magazines, including both fashion magazines and Sports Illustrated. Klum has even acted in films and TV. Today, at age 37, she is legally known as Heidi Samuel (taking the surname of her husband, Seal) and has launched her own lines of clothing for various companies.
10. Niki Taylor
Niki Taylor was already a millionaire at the age of 16 in 1991 from her supermodel’s compensation. She was the first teenager to sign a spokesmodel contract with Cover Girl. Other companies for which she modeled in the 1990s include L’oreal. She was on the cover of many magazines, married and divorced, and had two sons. The horrific car accident that gave her internal injuries and threatened her life didn’t occur until 2001, but Taylor bounced back, and today at the age of 36 lives with her husband and daughter on a seven acre farm in Tennessee.