From Then to Now: These Legendary Supermodels Prove That Beauty Is Timeless

Thu Mar 04 2021

While their youthful days may be over, the most famous supermodels of the world have proven their beauty has no age limit. And put plastic surgery and any aesthetic enhancements aside, these women are just as gorgeous now as they were in their glory days. But haven’t you wondered what’s happened to the biggest household names of the modeling industry?

Sadly, every model has an expiration date thanks to “Father Time.” They may have aged out of being the top runway models and cover girls, but these women have paved the way for the Kendall Jenner’s and Gigi Hadid’s of the industry today. And it’s about time we check in on them to see what life has been like since their spotlight was taken away.

Lauren Hutton Is an Ambassador for a Cosmetics Company

When it comes to Lauren Hutton, her start as a model is still so captivating. To begin, she only learned how to read at the age of 11 and decided as a young woman to pick up modeling because the pay was so good – at a dollar a minute. She began to travel the world working with exotic and big names in the industry and to this day is still a household name and infamous for her gorgeous gap-tooth smile.

Over the years, Lauren has not only aged gracefully but naturally. And she’ll tell you all the age-old secrets that sleeping well and drinking plenty of water are her reasons for her everlasting beauty. These days, Lauren may not be modeling but is serving as an ambassador for a US cosmetics company called StriVectin.

Brooke Shields Is an Advocate for Women That Suffer From Postpartum Depression

Brooke Shields was destined to be a model, but mainly because her career began when she was just a baby. While every parent thinks their child is beautiful, Brooke’s parents really hit the nail on the head with her. Before she was even a year old, she had landed her first ad for Ivory Soap. Fast forward to the 80s, she was on the cover of multiple magazine covers because she just had “the 80s look,” according to Time Magazine.

While time may have changed her on the outside, Brooke has always been true to her lovable personality on the inside. This, in part, is why she continued to be successful even in the acting world following her retirement. But these days, Brooke stands firm on being an outspoken advocate for women that suffer from postpartum depression. Because of her, women everywhere, of all ages, are more public about this topic.

Eva Herzigova Became a Family Woman

Eva Herzigova never could’ve guessed that moving to Paris would be the start of her legendary career. At 16 years old, she had won a modeling contest in Czechoslovakia and gained the courage to move to Paris in hopes of fulfilling her model dreams. Well should fate have had it, Eva went on to model for Guess, Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and even the Wonderbra ad campaign.

In recent years, Eva has continued to model for various European magazine covers, but she has a different focus and priority these days. Together with Italian businessman Gregorio Marsiaj, they share three sons. And while they had built a family together, they remained very anti-marriage. Even after all these years, they only became engaged in 2017 and still have yet to make it official.

Cindy Crawford Has Her Own Skincare Brand

If Forbes recognizes you, then I guess that means you’re kind of a big deal, right? Exactly, especially since Cindy Crawford was known for being one of the highest paid supermodels of her time. Cindy is the most iconic model from the 90s and is one of the original five supermodels and is still a total babe. So what could possibly keep this star looking so good for so long?

She may have retired from the runway, but looking good never goes out of style. This is exactly why Cindy created her own skincare brand, Meaningful Beauty. If anyone knows the secret to looking good at any age, it’s definitely Cindy Crawford. And now her skincare products might be the answer to all of us worrying about those wrinkles and under-eye bags!

Kate Moss Started Her Own Modeling Agency

After becoming the “It” girl in the modeling industry, Kate Moss is a household name that we will never forget. Thanks to Calvin Klein, the Obsession campaign from 1993 put Kate on the map. So much so that her rare, thin appearance would soon become known as “the waif look,” – stamping her within the world of high fashion. We all know her name and who she used to be, but what is she up to now?

Like most people in the limelight, their flaws and failures aren’t just revealed, but they’re plastered everywhere for the world to know. When Kate’s drug and alcohol abuse became public, it slightly damaged her career, but weirdly, her “bad girl” image somehow became appealing to her fans. Since her hard-core partying days, Kate has opened her own modeling agency and has even designed her own clothing collection.

Heidi Klum Won an Emmy

The expression about killing two birds with one stone is exactly what Heidi Klum did when her career launched. Not only did she become a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 1997, but she also landed on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the same year. From then on, Heidi became one of the most well-known models in the world. And like her other model friends, she refused to let modeling be the only thing defining her success.

Since becoming known as a spokesperson for McDonald’s, Volkswagen, and other big-name brands, Heidi decided to take her talents to the world of television. Her entertainment resume includes being a judge on America’s Got Talent and being the host on Project Runway. Turns out she’s not too bad at this type of work, considering she won an Emmy award for her hosting gig.

Naomi Campbell Found Success on the Small Screen

There are models that everyone knows and loves, and then there’s Naomi Campbell, who became a staple in “The Holy Trinity” of models. She’s appeared on more than 500 magazine covers and posed for the biggest fashion houses to date. Not to mention she’s a role model for breaking down racial barriers within the modeling world. So with a reputation like this, there was no way that modeling would be the end of the road for her fame.

After gaining experience on what a TV star should be, it only made sense for Naomi to take a stab at acting. In recent years, she’s been seen on Empire, American Horror Story: Hotel, and Making the Cut. And when she’s not working, she’s tried her hand at love more than a few times. Even though relationships with stars like Mike Tyson and Robert De Niro didn’t work out – we’re hoping that she’ll find her Mr. Forever.

Christy Turlington Founded Her Own Nonprofit Organization

While Christy Turlington is known for being an iconic model, she really should be thanking Duran Duran for all of her fame. After all, her appearance in their music video for their song “Notorious” captivated every viewer’s eyes. From there, she became a campaign girl for Calvin Klein and even graced the cover of Vogue Paris. Even with her coming of age, she hasn’t stopped doing what she loves the most.

It’s true; Christy Turlington is still modeling even though her prime years are beyond her. But more importantly, she took the time to start something that had tremendous meaning for her and founded a nonprofit organization called Every Mother Counts. Its purpose serves to help all mothers have a safe pregnancy and child birthing experience.

Linda Evangelista Has Had So Much Relationship Drama We Can Barely Keep Up

The name Linda Evangelista is one that just can’t be forgotten in the fashion world. She made sure to establish that by being known for the famous statement that she and her model friends “don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” The 80s was her decade of owning every runway and ad and was when she became the muse for Karl Lagerfeld. Her professional life may have been flawless, but we can’t say the same about her personal life.

Linda has bounced from relationship to relationship since her retirement. It started when she left her husband, the head of the French office of Elite Modeling Agency, for Kyle MacLachlan’s actor. Then there was the conflict about not revealing who her baby daddy was due to a nasty child-support case. Her love life is exhausting, and since her last entanglement with the Hard Rock Cafe co-founder, we’ve honestly lost track.

Gisele Bundchen Is Now Known for Her Environmental Activism

It must be so hard to be naturally beautiful and talented, right? Well, Gisele Bundchen carries this “burden” with such grace it makes us love and hate her all at the same time. Ever since she was a teenager, Gisele hoped of making it big as a model. And her dreams came true when she was dressed in designers like Versace and Valentino. But her big break came when she signed a $25 million deal with Victoria’s Secret and earned her Angel wings.

But in 2015, it was time for her to retire from the runway and move on to the next part of her journey. Taking on the role of entrepreneur, she came out with her own line of sandals and skincare products. These days, Gisele is better known for her environmental activism and efforts in fighting climate change. She became a vegan and even produced a documentary on Netflix that advocates for climate control.

Helena Christensen Became Known for Her Photography

For Helena Christensen, the world started to know who she was when her catwalk career was launched at 20 years old. Within a few years from getting her start, she had basically worked with every big name in fashion. Some of her biggest claims to fame include her signed deal with Revlon and, of course, becoming an Angel for Victoria’s Secret. But she never could have guessed that she would find a new passion that hit so close to modeling.

After years of posing in front of the camera, Helena realized she preferred to be on the opposite side of the lens. Her work has even been featured in publications such as Vogue, ELLE, and much more. But don’t worry, the world of fashion isn’t over for Helena, as she still participates in photoshoots every so often.

Paulina Porizkova Published Two Books

When you’re known as one of the most beautiful women in the world, it’s no surprise that people from all industries are begging to work with you. Paulina Porizkova made the cover of the 1984 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and then her phone wasn’t constantly ringing. Within that same year, she starred in The Car’s music video for their song “Drive.” After various labels chased her down, she finally became the face of Estee Lauder.

Paulina’s love of modeling never faded away, and neither did the requests for her to work. While she’s not featured in as many campaigns these days, she discovered a passion for writing and is now an author. At first, she released a children’s book but followed that up with her novel titled, A Model Summer. Beauty and brains; what more could you ask for?

Niki Taylor Is a Survivor of Ongoing Tragedy

Known for her classic girl-next-door beauty and charming personality, Niki Taylor led an incredibly successful modeling career. At 14 years old, she made her way onto the cover of Seventeen Magazine, which helped get her foot in the door with CoverGirl, Nokia, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. All of this led to the groundbreaking moment in her career when she would become the youngest model to be on the cover of Vogue.

What breaks our heart is to know that she has had to go through so much strife since she stepped away from the cameras. Out of the blue, and all at once, her little sister had died unexpectedly from an asthma attack. Several years after that, Niki was in a near-fatal car accident. It took years of recovery for her to heal, but she’s made minimal appearances on TV shows and various campaigns since then.

Tatjana Patitz Fell in Love With the Simple Things in Life and Now Lives in the Nature

During the 80s and 90s, Tatjana Patitz took the modeling world by storm. She may have been born in Germany, but living in Paris in the 80s helped launch this young model’s career. By the time the 90s rolled around, Tatjana had worked for designers like Chanel, Cartier, and Calvin Klein. But as much as Tatjana appreciated high fashion and the finer things in life, she realized what she wanted was vastly different from this lifestyle.

She may not have fully left the fashion industry, but she definitely stepped out of the spotlight. Tatjana decided to move out onto a ranch where she currently lives with her son and many animals. In an interview with Prestige, she said, “I’ve always loved Dior, Chanel, Tom Ford. But when you live in semi-nature like I do, you don’t run around in high heels and fabulous clothes; you just don’t. It’s more jeans and riding boots.”

Tyra Banks Became an Iconic TV Personality

There’s no way you can think of the word “model” and not immediately picture Tyra Banks. From the start of her career at 15 years old, she broke barriers to become not just a model, but the model every designer would saught after. She proved this by walking in 25 fashion shows during her first runway season at the 1990’s Paris Fashion Week. Oh, and she was the first-ever black woman to appear on the cover of Victoria’s Secret catalog.

Her full-time modeling career came to a close, but that couldn’t keep Tyra away from the cameras. During her retirement, Tyra had a reoccurring role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, became the main host of the series America’s Next Top Model, and even had her own talk show. She also runs her own successful cosmetic company and published a best-selling book. Modeling may have been the start of Tyra’s career, but certainly wasn’t the end.

Janice Dickinson Has Maintained Her High Profile Within the Fashion Industry

She’s dramatic, loud, can cause a scene, but she totally knows how to work the camera at any stage of her life. Janice Dickinson started modeling during the 70s and proclaims to be “the world’s first supermodel.” But of course, in typical Janice fashion, she would assume this. From appearing on several Vogue covers to earning thousands of dollars a day for just looking good, Janice was destined for this type of career.

And with Janice being Janice, there was just no way she could say goodbye to the fashion industry altogether. While she technically may have aged out of being on the runway, she hasn’t let that stop her from still being relevant. These days, people still recognize her from the several seasons she spent on America’s Next Top Model, but Janice will do just about anything to refrain from being a “has-been.”

Elle Macpherson Started Her Own Businesses

If you don’t know Elle Macpherson’s name, then you know her face as part of the modeling world’s “Magnificent Seven.” And if that doesn’t ring any bells, Elle became known as “The Body” thanks to Time Magazine. She even decided to trademark her famous nickname. From countless fashion magazines to commercials, Elle was one of the faces (and bodies) of the 80s that would become legendary for years to come.

These days, Elle is more known for her controversial anti-vaccine campaign amidst the coronavirus pandemic. But on a lighter note, she’s at least become a successful businesswoman! Not only did she launch a successful lingerie line, but she’s also been busy with a wellness company that she co-founded called WelleCo.

Cheryl Tiegs Became a Clothing Designer

She was one of our biggest crushes of the 80s and is still one of our biggest crushes today! Cheryl Tiegs captured the cameras and hearts of everyone with her supermodel career. She could’ve never guessed that her start in parking lot fashion shows would have led to becoming one of the poster girls for Glamour Magazine. With her humble beginning, she wasn’t prepared to stop being a hard worker after earning her claim to fame.

After her very successful career in modeling, she didn’t just drop out of sight. Cheryl went on to work for Good Morning America and then became a clothing designer. The work she created became a huge hit that Sears started carrying her line in their stores. You go, Cheryl!

Stephanie Seymour Is Now the Spokesperson for Estee Lauder

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Stephanie Seymour made her face and name known in the modeling world. There was no magazine or runway that she wasn’t included in, and there was no designer that didn’t worship the ground she walked on. As one of the very first models to sign on as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, this was just the beginning for her. She soon became the face of brands like Christian Dior, Valentino, L’Oreal.

And while her runway days might be over, Stephanie is still sought after when it comes to brands looking for the face of their campaigns. In fact, she is now the official spokesperson for Estee Lauder. This goes to show that her beauty and talent will never age out of this industry, and her name will never be something left in the past.

Christie Brinkley Has Her Own Wine Label

For three years in a row, Christie Brinkley secured her spot on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover. Which, in turn, secured her role as a celebrity model who was “photographed more often in sportswear than in couture fashions,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica. And to make sure she would stay relevant, she signed a contract with Cover Girl, becoming THE cover girl from the 70s through the 90s. So what’s she doing now?

Well, at 66 years old, this legend has no intention of slowing down. Her Instagram account is more active than most of our friends! While she may be considered to be in her retirement phase of life, that hasn’t stopped Christie from becoming a “has been.” So she decided to make her own wine label! Yup, Christie created an organic wine label called Bellissima. And to that, we say cheers!

Kimora Lee Simmons Relaunched Baby Phat

Kimora Lee Simmons had always stood out amongst her peers because of how she looks. Not only was she stunning, but to her fellow teen friends, she was unusually tall and one of the only Asian’s in her circle. Proving the bullies wrong, Kimora made her mark in the industry at just 14 years old when she began strutting down the runway in Chanel. This would only be the start of her illustrious career.

Following her catwalk days, Kimora became the ultimate boss babe by being the creative director and president of the Baby Phat brand. As the company thrived in the early 2000s, its hype eventually faded. But don’t worry Kimora has revived the label and is determined to make Baby Phat the place that everyone will want to shop. You got this, Kimora!

Kathy Ireland Is One of the Richest Models in the World Thanks to Her Retail Empire

Discovered at the age of 16, it only took four years for Kathy Ireland’s modeling career to take off. By the time she was 20, she had made it to the cover of the 1989 Sports Illustrated. This is obviously an accomplishment, but more so that this ended up being the magazine’s best-selling issue of all time and was eventually named the best cover. To this day, even the magazine’s senior editor says there is a “Kathy Ireland standard.”

And with a legacy like that, it made it all the easier for Kathy to continue down her path for success. After she pivoted away from modeling, Kathy founded Kathy Ireland Worldwide. A brand that had started as a sock line at Kmart morphed into a global line of furniture, apparel, jewelry, and so much more. Modeling may have made her some money, but it’s her business that now has her estimated worth to be $360 million.

Carol Alt Has Become the Most Versatile Business Woman During Her Retirement

Carol Alt was the queen of the modeling world in the 80s and was included in hundreds of exclusive shoots during her day. Like many of her fellow supermodel sisters, Carol came to fame when she too would be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. From then on, she was launched into the high-fashion world and even became known as “The Face” for her distinctive features.

And though she may be 57, you could never tell based on her looks or busy life. You could say that Carol has become a jack-of-all-trades since she left modeling. During her retirement, she has become an actress, entrepreneur, and health enthusiast. Is there anything this woman can’t do?

Amber Valletta Went Public With Her Sobriety in Hopes of Becoming an Advocate for Those in Need

As she entered adulthood, Amber Valletta also entered the beginning of her iconic modeling career. During the early 90s, she landed on the cover of Vogue, which would only be the first of 16 other covers she would model for them. Working her way up the modeling ladder, she scored campaigns for some of the biggest names like Prada and Armani. But behind every pretty face lies a secret, one that Amber would reveal in due time.

Though her modeling days are no longer relevant, you might have recalled seeing Amber in some big Hollywood films. But her working days have been put on hold, as she’s more focused on her sobriety and being an advocate for those like her. Last year she even said, “Only by being sober do I have any chance of survival,” in an interview with Porter Magazine. So while we may not see much of her lately, we support her healing journey.

Claudia Schiffer Now Designs Ceramics and Glassware

She is beauty; she is grace; she is Claudia Schiffer. Becoming a household name for this beauty in the 90s came at ease for this German girl. Especially when designers like Chanel and Guess were knocking at her door. At the height of her career, she managed to be featured on more than 1,000 magazine covers. Sheesh!

Although she’s continued to be relevant in the modeling world, her career has slowed down in recent years. And with that downtime, she discovered a new passion – glassware and ceramics. In the past year, Claudia unveiled two new design projects with well-known manufacturers from Portugal. What started with glass vases turned into tableware pieces. She started as a shopper and turned her passion into a project.

Yasmin Le Bon Created a Line of Dog Walking Accessories

As part of the original supermodel girl gang of the 80s and 90s, Yasmin Le Bon achieved what few models ever have. During her 30 plus years in the fashion industry, Yasmin appeared on over 300 magazine covers globally, working with some of the world’s best photographers.

Though her time eventually ended as a supermodel, she was able to unleash her passion for design. At first, her projects consisted of jewelry and clothing until she went down a whole different path with her design skills. With her immense creativity, she ended up creating a line of dog walking accessories. This way, she combined her love of dogs and design to make something amazing for Mungo & Maud.

Iman Founded Her Own Beauty Line

The Somalian goddess, also known as the classic Iman, might be a little older when it comes to her age, but you could never tell from looking at recent photos of her. It may be hard to believe, but this queen actually started rocking runways in the 70s. This sought-after head-turner was draped in Chanel, Valentino, and Versace’s luxury designs in her prime days. With beauty on the front of her mind, she delved into a new venture.

As a woman of color, Iman overcame many racial issues that she confronted as a model back in the day. One of the main things being that there was not enough variety of shades when it came to the make-up that was being put on her. From here, her idea developed and she is now the owner and founder of her own cosmetic company, Iman Cosmetics. It is now known as the beauty brand that “filled the gap” for Black women.

Kim Alexis Pursued the Roles of Being a Wife and Mother

With no intention of actually being a model, Kim Alexis couldn’t have been more surprised at the fact that she would be one of the most popular models of the 80s. Right as she was about to pursue her studies in pharmacology, she was signed by Elite Model Management in the late 70s. Turns out, modeling brought her more success than she could have ever anticipated her degree would.

While her modeling career may have come to a close, Kim was super thankful that she had her loving ex-husband by her side for whatever her future would hold. Instead of pursuing business opportunities, Kim was more than happy to take on the role of homemaker, wife, and mother to her three children. But word has it that she’s on the lookout for a pilot of a new program she’s developed. Let’s see where this takes Kim next!

Beverly Johnson Is Helping to Fight Systemic Racism in the Fashion Industry

Beverly Johnson is more than a supermodel, she’s a role model. Getting her start in the early 70s, Beverly made history in the modeling world, as she was the first black model to ever appear on the cover of Vogue. In hopes of paving the way for other women of color in the industry, Beverly now reveals that she feels no progress has been made since she was on the catwalk.

It’s been 46 years since Beverly was relevant in the industry. Even with all that has happened in history and the world, she still feels that women of color aren’t given the opportunities they deserve in the fashion world. Today, Beverly speaks out and fights back in hopes of giving women like her more than she ever had during her career.