Linda Evangelista

  • 1. Linda Evangelista, 23: THEN

    Canadian-born Evangelista got her start when she was spotted by a talent agent at a Miss Teen Niagara pageant in 1978. Ten years later, she lost a number of major runway bookings when she suddenly swapped her then-shoulder-length hair for a boyish, close-cropped style, but her ever-changing ‘do eventually became her trademark. A face of Revlon, Donna Karan, and Versace, she famously told a reporter in 1990 that she and her supermodel colleagues “don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.”
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    Evangelista has worked more or less steadily for the last twenty years. Recent gigs include ad campaigns for Prada, Talbots, and John Galliano.

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    Cindy Crawford

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    3. Cindy Crawford, 26: THEN

    The all-American Crawford appeared on hundreds of magazine covers. She also pitched Pepsi (right), hosted the MTV series House of Style, and married the movie star Richard Gere. (They divorced four years later.)

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    Re-married in 1998 to businessman Rande Gerber, Crawford has launched several successful businesses of her own, including an eponymous Home Collection and a line of anti-aging skincare products called Meaningful Beauty.

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    Elle Macpherson

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    5. Elle Macpherson, 24: THEN

    A leggy blonde Australian known within the industry as “The Body,” Macpherson appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue a record five times. She also kept a foot in the high-fashion world, walking runways for designers like Azzedine Alaïa and John Galliano.

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    The model-turned-entrepreneur’s signature lingerie line, Macpherson Intimates, is a best-selling success, stocked at Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. She’s also launched a skincare collection, called (of course) “The Body,” and was the host of NBC’s Fashion Star. She made a triumphant return to the runway, closing Louis Vuitton’s buzzed-about Fall 2010 show. In 2014, Macpherson co-founded WelleCo, the company behind organic wellness supplements such as The Super Elixir.

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    Helena Christensen

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    7. Helena Christensen, 23: THEN

    A former Miss Denmark, Christensen attained international success (and fame) after appearing in the Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” music video, which led to her signing lucrative contracts with CoverGirl and Victoria’s Secret.



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