Becoming a fashion model is not something that happens overnight or after a couple of days. This job requires hard work and 100% commitment. These girls have to motivate themselves to work out, to eat carefully and take care of their face and body. There are different types of models: photo models, lingerie models, and runway models. The last ones have certainly the most strict rules and requirements. Their height and measurements are super important. Even though some of the fashion brands are already fighting against showing the undersized bodies of the models, most of them still focus on precisely choosing the highest and slimmest girls they can find. Sounds scary, but modelling is not only about the body. It is also about the unique face that will catch a customer’s attention. There are hundreds of beautiful and memorable ladies that were representing multiple fashion brand. Although we have prepared a list of ten modelling icons that, our team believes, every fashion lover should know about. Do you have a favourite model?
Times: Late 1940s – early 1960s
From: New York, USA
About: Suzy Parker also known as a red-headed beauty paved the way for the next generations of supermodels. She was also a favourite muse of a photographer Richard Avedon.
Times: 1990s – Present
From: London, United Kingdom
About: Supermodel and the fashion industry hero. She is known as a though model to work with, but which fashion designer wouldn’t like to work with her? She has also probably the best model walk ever. Her hips and shoulders sway while her back stays ramrod straight. Naomi says that she learned how to walk from her mother – Valerie Morris-Campbell, who was a dancer.
Times: 1990s – Present
From: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
About: German fashion model icon doesn’t feel like having a rest. She continues to work in the industry and does a lot more. She is a model, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, author, and actress.
Times:1980s – Present
From: Croydon/South London, United Kingdom
About: Kate Moss rocks! She has been considered to be one of the best runway models of all times. No questions. Look at her. Isn’t she fabulous? Her fresh beauty face charmed everyone back in the nineties, but she remains beautiful forever.
Times:1980s – 1990s
From: Rheinberg, Germany
About: Claudia Shiffer is also an icon of the nineties. Her outstanding modelling skills got her over 700 magazine covers. She holds the world record for the most amount of magazine covers, as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Times:1980s and 1990s
From: Illinois, United States
About: Known for her beautifully developed athletic body. After long years of working hard and being a very successful supermodel, she is now giving space for her daughter in the industry. We are sure you have already heard about Kaia Gerber.
Times:1990s – Present
From: West Midlands
About: Discovered by Paul Gaultier. She was Alexander’s McQueen favourite one. Also, Erin is one of the few living people to appear on a Royal Mail postage stamp.
Times: 2010s – Present
From: West London, United Kingdom
About: According to Business of Fashion “Following her debut in the Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalk show for Burberry, Cara Delevingne has become one of the most in-demand models in the industry, appearing in a total of 14 Vogue covers.”
From: Los Angeles, California, United States
About: New fashion industry face, who has already loads of fashion shows and photoshoots on her account. Gigi is currently the industry’s leading runway, bikini, and lingerie model.
From: Hunan, China
About: ‘The first Chinese supermodel to…’ this is one of the most common sentences used in the articles about Liu. Let us give you an example: she was the first East-Asian model to star in Victoria’s Secret show and the first East-Asian spokesmodel for Estée Lauder etc.
Written by Amelia Krzapa • Editor-in-chief • AIM Magazine
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