Today, models like Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and Cara Delevingne rule the runway and our Instagram feeds. They’re known for their beauty, talent, and street style. And with the help of social media, they’ve become some of the hottest beauty and fashion influencers of all time. But before the days of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, the most popular celebrities were featured on the covers of magazines. These women were the original supermodels of the ‘90s.
Cindy Crawford (THEN)
Discovered by chance, supermodel Cindy Crawford had no intentions of pursuing a career in modeling until she was unexpectedly photographed by a passing newspaper photographer. The photo of her pollinating corn on a farm in Illinois received so much feedback that her career was launched.
Cindy Crawford (NOW)
Cindy Crawford’s ageless beauty has remained. Although she only occasionally appears in magazines and on the runway, her two children—Kaia and Presley Gerber—both entered the modeling business. There’s no denying that they’re a photogenic family.
Christie Brinkley (THEN)
Supermodel Christie Brinkley was discovered in Paris in 1973 by photographer Errol Sawyer. She began modeling, but didn’t gain worldwide fame and recognition until 1979—when she appeared on the cover of three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. It wasn’t long before she was signing contracts with major brands and appearing on hundreds of magazine covers.
Christie Brinkley (NOW)
Although Christie Brinkley is remembered predominantly as a supermodel, she’s also worked as an actress, illustrator, writer, designer, activist, and more. She still graces the covers of magazines and appears on TV. In 2019, she was set to compete on Dancing with the Stars but had to withdraw. She broke her arm prior to competing, so her daughter Sailor took her place.
Naomi Campbell (THEN)
Naomi Campbell continues to be remembered as one of the most iconic faces of the ‘90s. The international supermodel wasn’t afraid to hustle. She embraced her work and became a trailblazer for models of color. She was known for her ballerina-esque poise, renowned runway walk, and joyful energy.
Naomi Campbell (NOW)
In 2018, supermodel and philanthropist Naomi Campbell was named a ‘Fashion Icon’ at the CFDA ceremony. This came as no surprise—being as she’s the embodiment of a supermodel. And in 2019, she received her first ever beauty contract with NARS cosmetics!
Claudia Schiffer (THEN)
In 1987, Claudia Schiffer was discovered in a German nightclub—she was only 17 at the time. She quickly began modeling for Chanel after being handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld. And as one of Karl Lagerfeld’s “darlings,” she became an established supermodel. She covered many magazines and starred in countless campaigns.
Claudia Schiffer (NOW)
It’s no surprise that supermodel Claudia Schiffer still models part time. She continues to work with Chanel, Ferragamo, Yves St. Laurent, and other brands. She currently lives in England with her husband, director Matthew Vaughn, and their three children. She still enjoys all things fashion and beauty!
Tatjana Patitz (THEN)
German model Tatjana Patitz stepped into the modeling scene in the ‘80s, and by the ‘90s, she had expanded the ideals of feminine beauty. At almost six feet tall, she was slender, tall, and beautiful. She dominated photoshoots with her versatility and creativity.
Tatjana Patitz (NOW)
Because Patitz is regarded as one of the “Original Supermodels,” she’s still asked periodically to make appearances in commercials, photoshoots, and fashion shows. When she’s not working, she’s spending time on her ranch in Malibu, California. She lives there with her son, Jonah, and their plethora of dogs, cats, and horses.
Christy Turlington (THEN)
It was nearly impossible not to obsess over Christy Turlington during the 1990s. In addition to her supermodel beauty, she had impeccable style. She allowed herself to be experimental with her wardrobe, which gained her attention. She looked as glam on the streets as she did on the covers of magazines.
Christy Turlington (NOW)
Since her supermodel days, Turlington has changed her focus. She’s established two activewear brands and a skincare line. She’s also the mother to two children and the founder of Every Mother Counts, a non-profit dedicated to maternal health and wellness—inspired by the postpartum complications she experienced in 2003.
Linda Evangelista (THEN)
Known for her loud fashion statement, Linda Evangelista was aware of her talent and beauty. She was discovered in the’80s by a model scout and immediately moved to New York City. She became a muse for some of the most famous photographers in the world, and by the end of her modeling days, she’d been on more than 700 magazine covers.
Linda Evangelista (NOW)
Like the majority of the ‘90s supermodels, Linda Evangelista is now in her 50s. She often talks about the beauty of aging, especially now that she has a son and looks forward to what’s to come. She continues to be featured in beauty and fashion campaigns and is proud to be the creative director of the Erasa Skin Care brand.