Seeing Naomi Campbell strut down the runway for Givenchy's SS16 menswear show last week brought on a wave of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the age of the supermodel. These women had it all, and in healthy doses: beauty, power and confidence. They transformed models from mere clothes hangers to savvy businesswomen, paving the way for those who came after them — from Gisele Bündchen to Karlie Kloss.
Linda Evangelista, Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and later on in the decade Kate Moss, graced countless campaigns, covers and catwalks, played muse to fashion designers from Azzedine Alaïa to Gianni Versace and started the trends we still see today.
Leggy, lissome beauties with bountiful tresses, they were not afraid to live large — replete with rock star boyfriends (Stephanie Seymour) or creepy magician companions (Schiffer) — nor proclaim that they didn't get out of bed for less than $10,000 (Evangelista). Sure there were some missteps like the now-defunct Fashion Café and Crawford's disastrous appearance in films. But fast forward to two decades later and these genetic marvels are still looking as good as they did in the nineties and working steadily, whether in campaigns or other entrepeneurial endeavours: Elle MacPherson owns her own successful lingerie line while Turlington has made strides in philanthropy.
At the height of their fame in 1993, these supers even had a song dedicated to them — Ru Paul's Supermodel. In the song, the drag perfomer infamously urged them, "You better work!" — a mantra these ladies seem to have taken to heart.
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