Heidi, Cindy, Naomi... Top models of the 90s, then and now
Campbell (next to Cindy Crawford on this photo) made her first public appearance in Bob Marley's video clip 'Is this Love'. In 1989, at the age of 19, she made history by being the first Afro-British woman on the cover of Vogue Paris. Her complicated character played some tricks on her, but nobody doubts that she was a pioneer in the world of fashion. Oh, and by the way, the world went crazy when she dyed her hair blonde one day.
Today, Naomi Campbell is half a century old and has managed to tame her indomitable character. What she has not lost is an ounce of her style. And she even surprised us by becoming a mother in the spring of 2021!
They call her one of the best supermodels ever and one of the most enjoyable to work with. Heidi Klum (1973) has long been the face of 'Victoria's Secret', where she carried the wings for 13 years in a row. The German-born model has made a career in television, both in series and in model talents, but above all she has become the queen of Halloween with her spectacular costumes.
Anthony Kiedis, Seal and Flavio Briatore are all ex-lovers of hers. She also has four children. Since 2018, Klum has maintained a stable relationship with Tom Kaulitz, the guitarist of 'Tokio Hotel', who is 17 years younger than her.
In the case of Kate Moss (1974), we can say that she is just as well or even better. The rebellious model overcame some scandals and rose to be one of the most relevant figures in British pop culture.
Calvin Klein introduced her to the world in 1992, when she was 18 years old. Two years later, she was the center of Hollywood media attention as the girlfriend of Johnny Depp. Nowadays, with a less rebellious and more elegant appearance, she is still an icon of style.
This Australian actress got the nickname 'The Body' and nobody argued with that. Discovered by a talent scout while on vacation in Aspen, Elle Macpherson (1964) knew how to diversify her brand and pursued a career as an actress as well as a model. For example, she starred in the film 'Batman & Robin' (1997) with George Clooney.
Her 1.83 meters, added to her spectacular and always perfect hair, make that the current Elle Macpherson is still an imposing figure.
Thinking of supermodels of the '90s means seeing Claudia Schiffer (1970) in front and center. The German model was discovered in a Düsseldorf bar in 1987 by Michel Levaton, head of the Metropolitan modeling agency. The next thing Schiffer did was to star on the cover of Elle France and become the face of Chanel, chosen by Karl Lagerfeld himself.
It has been more than 30 years since the world met Claudia Schiffer, but no one would say she has changed a bit. Married to director and producer Matthew Vaughn since 2002, she lives away from the media, although she does make an occasional public appearance.
The most emblematic mole of the late 20th century has an owner: Cindy Crawford. With more than 600 covers during her career, she may be the number one among the supermodels of the 80s and 90s. In addition, Crawford got a lot of attention for her marriage with Richard Gere, even though they broke up in the end.
Today, Cindy Crawford remains in the background, making way for the second generation of models in the family. Her daughter Kaia Gerber is one of the promising models of the moment. Companies like Valentino, Miu Miu, Calvin Klein and Chanel have already portrayed her in their campaigns.
Helena Christensen (1968) had the looks of a model who starts her career with a beauty pageant. She was crowned Miss Denmark in 1986 and a year later she signed with the prestigious agency Elite Models. In 1989, she appeared in the video 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak and became one of the most famous models in the world.
Retired from the world of fashion, Helena Christensen has not stopped working altogether. She has an antique shop in Manhattan where she sells her own clothes. She also co-founded the Nylon Revue. In addition, Christensen is a professional photographer with exhibitions in several prestigious galleries. The model had a relationship with Norman Reedus (Daryl in 'The Walking Dead') from 1998 to 2003, and the two had a son in 1999.
Discovered at the age of 15, on a family day in Corsica, Laetitia Casta (1978) quickly became a world reference in beauty. With her unusual measurements, she was a regular in the 'Swimsuit Sporst Illustrated' special. L'Oreal, Victoria's Secret and Guess also counted on her on several occasions.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Laetitia Casta has focused on two aspects that are far removed from fashion: cinema and motherhood. Caring for three children, the model also accumulates a more than interesting filmography.
A classic beauty who started modelling in small shops at the age of 14. It didn't take long for 'Sports Illustrated' and 'Vogue' to arrive and turn Stephanie Seymour (1968) into a top model of the 80s and 90s She was one of Victoria's Secret's acclaimed angels, although her most broadly remembered moments were when she posed for Playboy in March 1991 and February 1993.
Stephanie Seymour has been married to billionaire Peter Brant for decades. The model has four children, three from her marriage to Brant and one (the eldest) from her brief marriage with guitarist Tommy Andrews. In early 2021, her son Harry tragically passed away at the age of 24.
Christy Turlington (1969) is a supermodel who didn't want to be a supermodel. In spite of getting stratospheric contracts with Chanel, Maybelline and Calvin Klein, Turlington tried to shake the label of diva model. She is especially known and recognized for her friendly and approachable nature. Her constant work with Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista led them to be known as the 'Trinity'.
Turlington maintained a relationship with actor Jason Patric until the turn of the century. However, it was with another actor, Edward Burns, that she found more stability. Married since 2003, they have two children. And, yes, it seems like time has no grip on her.
Known as 'The Classy Blonde', this Dutch model made $10,000 a day at her peak. Karen Mulder (1970) came into the world of fashion thanks to a friend who sent some photos of her to Elite Models' 'Look of the Year' contest without her permission. A year later, Karen found herself at the agency's modeling school in Paris. Lanvin, Versace, Armani, Guerlain, Chloé and Chanel are just a few clients on her impressive curriculum.
The 21st century has been a difficult one for Karen Mulder. Psychological problems, failed attempts in the music world, and even a lawsuit against her plastic surgeon are some of the controversies that the model has lived through. She is unrecognizable at this point.
Carla Bruni (1967) assumed the label of supermodel in 1988 when Yves Saint Laurent made her one of his muses. For 10 years she frequented the catwalks, leaving us with the feeling that there could have been many more.
Why did she stop modelling? Among other things, to devote herself to music, movies, television... and to be the First Lady of France! Between 2008 and 2012, her husband Nicolas Sarkozy was president of the French Republic. Carla Bruni thus became an icon of style in world politics.
A real top model of the '90s, Linda Evangelista (1965) was discovered during a beauty contest. She is one of the most elegant models, in her daily life as well as on the runway. As a result, she continues to be the face of L'Oreal and several campaigns.
Although she has significantly reduced her agenda, the model combines her work with the advocacy of breast cancer awareness. Personally, she had a child with millionaire Françoise Henri Hinault in 2006. After their separation, she got a monthly allowance for her son Augustin James of $46,000.
She was discovered at 13 years old while eating a hamburger. A year later, Gisele Bündchen (1980) was already known throughout Brazil. She moved to New York and became the model that would lead the transition to the new century. Valentino, Zara, Versace, Dior and Michael Kors, among others, made Bündchen the best paid model in the world for 14 years in a row.
Gisele Bündchen retired in 2015, after 20 years as a model. With football player Tom Brady she has three children. Some will remember her relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio as well. They dated between 2000 and 2005.
Despite being a well-known model since the early '90s, it was her election for Miss Wonderbra that raised her status to supermodel level. Eva Herzigova (1973) was the first to wear the famous bra. She also worked with Victoria's Secret, Guess, and Playboy. The latter featured her in August 2004.
Herzigova married Tico Torres, the drummer of 'Bon Jovi'. Their union was in 1996 and they divorced two years later. In 2006, the model found stability with Gregorio Marsiaj, with whom she has three children. To this day, she maintains the elegance and beauty that elevated her to the status of top model.
Tyra Banks (1973) is one of the models who was able to reinvent herself better after leaving the catwalks. She became world famous with 'Victoria's Secret' in the early '90s, and in 1997 she made history by being the first African-American model featured on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated'.
Retired from the fashion world in 2005, she has since become the producer and host of 'America's Next Top Model' and 'The Tyra Banks Show'. These popular programs have made her one of America's most beloved television faces.
The case of Amber Valletta (1974) is curious because, in spite of being a fashion icon in the '90s - working with Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Versace, among others - people know her especially from her acting. This is another example of a great transition by a model.
Her most prominent work today is in environmentalism: she raises awareness of the poisoning of fish with mercury. Her big moment in film came in the first decade of the 21st century when she signed titles such as 'Hitch' and 'Transporter 2'.
In 2006, Carolyn Murphy (1973) was the sixth highest paid model in the world. Despite her age, she made $5 million a year at that time. All thanks to her work with magazines like Vogue, Sports Illustrated and Harper's Bazaar.
Carolyn Murphy was fifth on the list of iconic models by 'Models.com'. Yet, she is a fashion star with a low profile, before her retirement as well as after.
This Argentine model also started in the world of fashion at the age of 14. Valeria Mazza (1972) shared the catwalk with all the models on this list and worked with firms such as Armani, Dior, Tommy Hilfiger and Cavalli. She was together with Tyra Banks on the famous Sports Illustrated cover featuring the first African-American model.
Married to Alejandro Gravier since 1998, she is the mother of four children. After retiring from the catwalks, she became a judge in top model contests and directed the academic program of professional models at a university in Buenos Aires.
This model began at a very young age. Only 14 years old, Esther Cañadas (1977) moved to Barcelona to start in the world of fashion. At 16, she made the leap to New York. Cañadas then worked for Versace, Gucci, Valentino, Givenchy and Moschino, among many others.
After a complicated marriage with motorcyclist Sete Gibernau, Esther Cañadas chose to stay away from the public eye. She enjoys parenting her daughter Galia Santina, who was born in 2014. Cañadas briefly returned to the catwalk in February 2020 for the Grand Finale in Balmain.