From Runway Model To Role Model || The Life Of Super Catwalkers 2 Decades Later

Runway To Role Model

There was a time some 20 or more years ago when a group of stunning women ruled the fashion game. Long before the social media craze those top models were adored by millions, they had a massive influence .. Their glamorous presence used to make or break a runway. Worshipped by designers, they strutted high end catwalks, graced multiple gloss covers and shone on endless plastered tabloid ads..

As we’re currently witnessing the golden age of today’s models, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner amongst many others, we can’t help but appreciate past decades ones. Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Elle Macpherson continued to shine and influence, however, there remains a number of supermodels who chose a lower profile.. The likes of Claudia, Helena and a few more deserve to be brought to mind again..


1 || Claudia Schiffer

German model Schiffer was a favorite of high-fashion designers. With her blond hair, blue eyes, and lithe 5’11” frame, Schiffer holds the Guinness world record for model with the most magazine covers. She’s appeared on more than 1,000.

Schiffer is now 48, her life post the catwalk has been quite eventful. She has released multiple exercise videos, a hair care line with Schwarzkopf, her own cashmere collection, and is involved with UNICEF. She married her husband, British producer/writer/director Matthew Vaughn, in 2002. They have three children.


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2 || Christy Turlington

With her breathtaking beauty, Turlington was destined for stardom.. She quickly became one of the biggest earners in the industry, earning a reported $800,000 for 12 days of work with Maybelline, in addition to starring campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more.

The now 50-year-old Chrissy had directed her energy and focus towards a completely different field of work. After experiencing difficulties with the birth of her daughter in 2003, Turlington attended the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and earned her Masters in Public Health. She made her directorial debut in 2010 with the documentary “No Woman, No Cry” and soon after announced her maternal advocacy nonprofit, Every Mother Counts.

Turlington is married to actor Edward Burns, and they have two kids.


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3 || Linda Evangelista

Known to be the model who ‘doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day’. The stunning Linda Evangelista slowly worked her way up the ladder to superstardom, eventually posing for more than 700 magazine covers and playing muse to Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace. She was signed by one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world, Elite Model Management, in 1981. Within three years, she had graced the cover of Vogue, married a photographer, and sparked a new hairstyle, her signature cropped look.

Still as stunning as ever, Evangelista, now 53, continues to model, in fact she has been called the supermodel’s supermodel.. Currently she is creative director and vice president of Erasa, an anti-aging skincare brand.


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4 || Brooke Shields

Having established a model’s life since the age of 11 months, Shields was the face of Ivory Soap. Years later in her teen years she has appeared in controversial ads for Calvin Klein, considered by some to be provocative. Later, Brooke graced multiple covers having been known by The Time to embody the look of 80’s..

Now 53 years old, she has appeared on multiple iconic TV shows throughout the years, including “Friends,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Jane the Virgin,” and others. Shields is also an outspoken advocate for women with postpartum depression. She has two daughters with her husband Chris Henchy.


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5 || Christie Brinkley

Known for her great looks and her winning smile, Christie’s early appearances in music videos and magazine covers has eventually earned her major contracts with Chanel, Vogue and Max Factor..

Now, 64, Brinkley has a list of achievements, a successful business woman, designer and actress, however, her real passion in philanthropy has earned her many awards through her humanitarian work.. Heart disease, stroke and vegetarianism are her top causes of concern. Christie has been married four times and has three children.


Runway To Role Model