Supermodels are just mere mortals like the rest of us – so surely they must age just the same? Well, that’s true, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t wearing the extra years brilliantly. Take these famous ’90s glamazons, for example: it may be decades since their heydays in some instances, but they can all still wow us even today.
20. Eva Herzigová
Czech model Eva Herzigová went down in advertising history when she appeared in a 1994 campaign for Wonderbra. The iconic ad, if you don’t already remember, showed her in black underwear besides the cheeky slogan “Hello boys” – and it was subsequently blamed for road accidents when it was put on billboards. Today, Herzigová is a mom of three, still models and is as traffic-stopping as she was back then.
19. Nadja Auermann
Back in the day, Nadja Auermann was once crowned as having the longest legs of any model on the planet. She doesn’t hold that record anymore, and nor does she model these days; instead, she’s more or less stepped out of the spotlight to live a quieter life in her native Germany with her family. Auermann can still be seen looking gorgeously glam from time to time, though, at red carpet events.
18. Carla Bruni
Carla Bruni’s modeling career has since been somewhat overshadowed by her time as the former French first lady; she married the country’s then-president Nicholas Sarkozy in 2008. However, those two stages of Bruni’s life combined to somewhat controversial effect when – not long after her wedding – a clothing company emblazoned a range of bags with a nude shot she’d had taken in 1993. Oops. She’s now also a surprisingly accomplished singer/songwriter.
17. Tatjana Patitz
Tatjana Patitz walked many runways and appeared on many magazine covers throughout the 1980s and 1990s – a glamorous-seeming life that she’s now left behind her. These days, in fact, the former super is more likely to be found with actual cats at her Malibu ranch than catwalks in Paris, and has found a passion for animals and environmental issues.
16. Amber Valletta
Amber Valletta may be in her forties now but she’s still in demand as a catwalk model – perhaps down in part to the fact that she’s still as striking and statuesque as she was back in the ’90s. Not only that, but she’s since forged an acting career substantial enough to fall back on if the modeling gigs dry up; you may just recognize her for her recurring role as Lydia Davis in Revenge, for one.
15. Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington was once called “the greatest model of all time” by casting agent James Scully. Others in the industry seemed to have thought along similar lines back in the ’90s, given her innumerable appearances on magazine covers and on runways. And who can forget Turlington’s iconic, naked 1993 anti-fur advert for PETA? In the 21st century, however, the model has also turned her hand to supporting humanitarian campaigns and organizations, and even running marathons.
14. Helena Christensen
One of the more risqué moments of Helena Christensen’s career remains her infamous billboard in Times Square, which saw the Danish model appear completely naked apart from a carefully placed leaf. And, to this day, Christensen is still modeling and still unafraid to nearly bare all while doing it; she’s also to be found on the other side of the lens as a photographer.
13. Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland can still boast of featuring in 13 successive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues from 1984 to 1996. That is, if she’d not rather boast about her considerable success in business: her company Kathy Ireland Worldwide, established in the ’90s, has now helped net her an astonishing $420 million fortune. Today, in fact, her entrepreneurial nous makes her more likely to be found in the pages of Forbes than SI.
12. Karen Mulder
Dutch model Karen Mulder is still glamorous to this day, even though the years after her 2000 retirement have been checkered. Since then, she has had a breakdown, attempted suicide and, in 2009, was even arrested for allegedly attacking her plastic surgeon. By all accounts, though, Mulder is less troubled nowadays and currently has a rather lower-profile life with her young daughter.
11. Elle Macpherson
Elle Macpherson was seemingly ubiquitous during the late ’80s and ’90s: if you didn’t see her on the catwalk, in ads or one of her unprecedented five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue covers, then you may even have seen her on stamps. Yep, that really happened in Antigua and Barbuda in 1999. Macpherson is in her fifties now, but could definitely still be nicknamed “The Body” – or, indeed, the “Business Brain,” thanks to her uber-successful ranges of products such as lingerie.
10. Rebecca Romijn
If anyone could be given the honor of “queen of body paint,” it’s Rebecca Romijn. In 1999 the model’s paint-only photoshoot for Sports Illustrated became instantly famous; the following year, moreover, Romijn played Mystique in X-Men wearing not much else but blue prosthetic make-up. And the model-turned-actress could definitely still pull such daring displays off now.
9. Laetitia Casta
French model Laetitia Casta once prompted Vivienne Westwood to say, “I don’t believe in God. But when I see Laetitia, I might change my mind.” And if anything, she’s become even more stunning with age. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel and Guess Girl has now ventured into acting on the stage and on the silver screen, with a host of French-language films now on her resume.
8. Stephanie Seymour
Back when Victoria’s Secret was just finding its feet, Stephanie Seymour was one of its top models. And when she wasn’t on runways or in campaigns, she was making headlines for her tumultuous relationship with Axl Rose. Seymour is less in the spotlight nowadays, but still makes waves: in 2016, for example, she was arrested on DUI charges and yet still managed to gain media praise for looking effortlessly chic for her day in court.
7. Linda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista wasn’t just one of the biggest models of the ’90s: she was one of the decade’s biggest celebrities. She also coined the famous phrase “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” in relation to her and her supermodel colleagues. What she wakes up for now is unknown, but she’s still working – and looking great – at 50.
6. Kate Moss
It was Kate Moss, with her waif-like frame, who helped inadvertently popularize the unnerving “heroin chic” trend in the ’90s. That fashion fad has since thankfully passed, but Moss’ popularity hasn’t; despite a drug scandal in 2005 and an on-flight bust-up a decade later, she remains a modeling powerhouse and style icon to this day.
5. Claudia Schiffer
Claudia Schiffer said in 2007 that she believed the era of the supermodel was over. That may be the case, but Schiffer herself has barely stopped working since her ’90s heyday. In fact, in recent years she’s continued to add to her modeling portfolio with ad campaigns for luxury brands; she has, however, seemed to have put her middling acting career to bed sometime in the ’00s.
4. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks was not only one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels, but she was also the first ever African-American woman to star on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue. Banks remains both gorgeous and hugely influential to this day, and now she acts, writes and hosts TV shows in addition to her modeling.
3. Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford has made the transition from ’90s supermodel to glamorous older woman flawlessly. After a period of being the highest-paid model in the world, she quit full-time work in 2000 and is now living happily doing the occasional gig – bolstered, perhaps, by her millions of dollars and her 1.1m Instagram followers. Living the dream, right?
2. Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell is still one of the most famous supermodels in the world, despite – or perhaps even because of – her famous temper and her run-ins with the law. More than two decades after becoming the first black model to show up on Time’s front cover, in fact, she’s still making headlines – and is still a catwalk and magazine mainstay.
1. Heidi Klum
Few people can say they’ve aged as well as world-famous German model Heidi Klum. And not many people can also boast of a modeling career as long and illustrious as hers. Indeed, Klum can still be spotted on a magazine cover or two even now – when she can fit posing in around her business ventures, TV gigs and family life, of course.