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World's Top 30 Greatest Supermodels Of All Time

Supermodel News, Reviews & Resources (40) Top 30 Greatest Supermodels

A SUPERMODEL (also spelled super-model and super model) is a highly paid fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. The term supermodel became prominent in the popular culture of the 1980s.

Supermodels usually work for top fashion designers and famous clothing brands. They have multi-million dollar contracts, endorsements and campaigns. They have branded themselves as household names and worldwide recognition is associated with their modeling careers. They have been on the covers of prestigious magazines such as French, British and Italian Vogue. Claudia Schiffer stated, "In order to become a supermodel one must be on all the covers all over the world at the same time so that people can recognise the girls."

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  • Adriana Lima - Brazilian model and actress who is best known as a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2000, and as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics from 2003 to 2009. At the age of 15, Lima finished first in Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford "Supermodel of the World" competition before signing with Elite Model Management in New York City. In 2012, she came in 4th on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $7.3 million in one year.
  • Alessandra Ambrosio - Brazilian model. Ambrosio is best known for her work with Victoria's Secret.
  • Bettina Graziani - (1925-2015). French fashion model of the 1940s and 1950s and an early muse to the fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy.
  • Carol Alt - American model and actress. She placed #5 on askmen.com's list of "Top 10 Models Of All Time", behind only Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Gisele Bündchen and Cindy Crawford.
  • Cheryl Tiegs - American model, actress, designer, author, and entrepreneur. Frequently described as the first American supermodel, Tiegs is best known for her multiple appearances on the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and TIME and for her 1978 "Pink Bikini" poster, which became an iconic image of 1970s pop culture.
  • CHRISTIE BRINKLEY - American model and actress. Brinkley gained worldwide fame beginning in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers through 1981.
  • Christy Turlington - American model best known for representing Calvin Klein from 1987 to 2007.
  • Cindy Crawford - American model. Crawford is known for her trademark mole just above her lip, and has adorned hundreds of magazine covers throughout her career.
  • Claudia Schiffer - German model and creative director of her own clothing label. Schiffer rose to popularity and became a household name during the early 1990s as one of the world's most successful models. In her early career, she was said to resemble Brigitte Bardot. She appeared on more than 1000 magazine covers and continues to front global campaigns for luxury fashion and fragrance houses.
  • Dorian Leigh - (1917-2008). American model and one of the earliest modelling icons of the fashion industry. She is considered one of the first supermodels and was well known in the United States and Europe.
  • Elle MacPherson - nicknamed "The Body" by TIME Magazine in 1989 for her appearance in Sports Illustrated magazine's annual Swimsuit Issue.
  • Eva HerzigovÁ - Czech model and actress. Her first important appearance was as the model for the first Wonderbra campaign in 1994. She was also featured in Guess jeans advertisements. She has also appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalog and Sports Illustrated.
  • GISELE BÜNDCHEN - Brazilian fashion supermodel, occasional film actress and goodwill ambassador for the UN Environment Programme.
  • Heidi Klum - German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and occasional actress. Klum became internationally known for her appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 1997 she became the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel.
  • Iman - Somali fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her charitable work. She is married to David Bowie.
  • InÈs de La Fressange - French model, aristocrat, style icon, fashion designer and perfumer.
  • JANICE DICKINSON - American model, photographer, author, and talent agent. Initially notable as a model, she has described herself as the first supermodel. One of the most successful models throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she expanded her profession to reality television in 2003 by judging for four cycles on America's Next Top Model.
  • Jean Shrimpton - English model and actress. She was an icon of Swinging London and is considered to be one of the world's first supermodels.
  • JERRY HALL - American model and actress, also known for her long-term relationship with Mick Jagger.
  • KAREN ELSON - British model, singer-songwriter and guitarist. Elson's success came when Steven Meisel shot her for the cover of Italian Vogue on her 18th birthday. She has worked with most of the world's major fashion photographers and fashion designers.
  • KATE MOSS - English model who rose to fame in the early 1990s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend. She is known for her waifish figure, and role in size zero fashion.
  • Kathy Ireland - American model, actress, and entrepreneur. Ireland was a supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s, best known for appearing in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. In 1993, she founded a brand marketing company, "kathy ireland Worldwide" (kiWW), which has made her one of the wealthiest former models in the world.
  • Lauren Hutton - American model and actress. Hutton notable appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine on 28 occasions and earned more than any other model within a decade-long period.
  • Linda Evangelista - featured on over 600 magazine covers. Evangelista is mostly known for being the longtime muse of photographer Steven Meisel, as well as coining the phrase "We don't wake up for less than US$10,000 a day." She holds the record for her multiple appearances on the cover of Vogue Italia, all of which were photographed by Meisel.
  • Marisa Berenson - American actress and model. A fashion model who came to prominence in the early 1960s—"I once was one of the highest paid models in the world", she told The New York Times—Berenson appeared on the cover of the July 1970 issue of Vogue as well as the cover of Time on 15 December 1975. She appeared in numerous fashion layouts in Vogue in the early 1970s and her sister Berry was a photographer for the magazine as well. She was known as "The Queen of the Scene" for her frequent appearances at nightclubs and other social venues in her youth, and Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her "the girl of the Seventies".
  • Miranda Kerr - Australian model. Kerr rose to prominence in 2007 as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. She was ranked 2nd in Forbes 2013 list of the world's highest-paid models, with estimated earnings of US$7.2 million. In 2014, Kerr replaced Gisele Bundchen as the face of Swedish clothing brand H&M. She then featured in high-profile campaigns for Reebok and Wonderbra.
  • NAOMI CAMPBELL - British model. Discovered at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and 1990s, and she was one of six models of her generation declared "supermodels" by the fashion world.
  • Penelope Tree - English former fashion model prominent in swinging sixties London. Tree made a striking appearance at the 1966 Black and White Ball thrown by author Truman Capote, wearing a black V-neck tunic with long slashes from the bottom making floating panels, worn over black tights. The sensation she caused led photographers Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon to work together to make her a supermodel. She was sixteen and her father had relented. David Bailey described Penelope as "an Egyptian Jimminy Cricket".
  • Suzy Parker - American model and actress active from 1947 into the early 1960s. Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s, when she appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines and in advertisements and movie and television roles. She appeared in several Revlon advertisements as well as in advertisements for many other cosmetic companies.
  • TYRA BANKS - American television personality, producer, author, actress, and former model. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria's Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America's Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and was the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
  • Twiggy.
  • TWIGGY - English model, actress, and singer of the early-1960s known for her androgynous looks, large eyes, long eyelashes, thin build, and short hair.
  • Veruschka von Lehndorff - German model, actress, and artist who was popular during the 1960s.
  • Wilhelmina Cooper - supermodel who began with Ford Models and, at the peak of her success, founded her own agency, Wilhelmina Models, in New York City in 1967.
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