The 15 Original Supermodels: Then and Now

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When we think of supermodels, we think of the golden generation of catwalk-strolling legends. The first batch. Sure, you get supermodels now, but they’re not as memorable or famous as the early and mid-nineties supermodels, are they? Your Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, those sorts. But in our minds, they’re still eighteen or nineteen. In reality? A lot of them are in their late forties, early fifties. Seriously. So… You’re curious what they look like, right? Of course you are. It’s only natural. We know we want to know what they look like. How have they aged? Well, let’s stop talking and just get the heck on with it, shall we? Yeah. Let’s.

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Linda Evangelista was one of the original crop of uber famous supermodels to grace the catwalks and trot into the hearts of men and women across the world. She was the queen of fashion for many years, but now? She still looks good, but it’s quite clear that she’s ‘had a bit of work done’. Cosmetic surgery may have kept her looking young, but it’s obvious. “The supermodel’s face looks super plumped up. I suspect that she’s had some injections of fat into her cheeks, causing them to look puffy like they do,” says Dr. Anthony Youn.

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She’s 49 years old now and is looking pretty darn good on it, we’re sure you’d agree. Cindy Crawford, former wife of Buddhist actor Richard Gere was, back in the mid-1990’s, the highest paid and most successful and famous model on the planet. Crawford had the Marilyn Monroe beauty spot on her lip which was her trademark and that’ll never not be sexy, will it? We think she’ll still be hot in another ten or fifteen years…

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The Australian supermodel Elle ‘The Body’ MacPherson is – rather incredibly – in her FIFTIES now. Can you believe that?! Yep, we know. Craziness. Since her catwalk days she’s tried her hand at acting, TV hosting and various business ventures. She’s maintained her vast wealth and profile and aged gracefully. Good work, Elle! We’re very impressed. We can only hope to look this good when we’re her age.

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Danish beauty Helena Christensen was another of the original pack of supermodel greats. She’s in her mid-forties now and still looking great. Helena is as famous for her modelling as she is for her history of famous exes. She went out with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in the early nineties, Walking Dead star Norman Reedus some years after is now in a long-term relationship with Interpol singer Paul Banks.

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Here’s another former modeling star who was a huge star at the time and doesn’t seem to have aged in the slightest. This is Californian megastar Christy Turlington, of course. You’d never know it to look at her, but Christy’s 46 years old. She’s been married to Saving Private Ryan actor Edward Burns for the past twelve years and we have to say – he’s a lucky, lucky guy! She’ll look young forever…

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Stephanie Seymour used to be famous for being a big-time fashion model. The 47 year-old has acheived a weird kind of infamy recently for some rather strange pictures which have cropped up in tabloid newspapers, magazines and websites the world over. The pictures were taken on a beach and showed Seymour seemingly flirting with her son. It makes for odd viewing. Still, she’s aged well. Let’s focus on that, huh?

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Naomi Campbell. Look at her – she looks like she’s barely aged a minute since she first burst on the scene all those years ago. The first really big black supermodel, Campbell was a trendsetter, as much famed for her flings with celebrities like Robert De Niro as she was for her work. Casual observers might remember her best for her epic catwalk fall/fail or all those times she went to court for smacking people around… Either way – she still looks fantastic!

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Finally, a shot of one of the original supermodel behemoths where it actually appears as though they’ve aged somewhat. Albeit not by very much at all. Here we see German catwalk beauty Claudia Schiffer demonstrating the perfect cheekbones that made her a fashion icon for so many years. She continues to have a career in the business now too.

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Here’s perhaps the most famous British supermodel of all time – Kate Moss. Moss still looks in pretty good shape, which is surprising. Not because she’s necessarily all that old, more that she’s always led a pretty hectic social life. She’s often been linked with party boy types like Johnny Depp and Pete Doherty, so it’s no major surprise when she looks a little ‘tired’. Still, she’s kept in pretty good shape since the old days.

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Before supermodels were called ‘supermodels’, there was still an elite teams of models commanding huge fees and wowing the world with their clotheshorsing around. And no one wowed people more in the 1970’s and 80’s than the Somalian model Iman. And would you believe it? The lady is sixty years of age. It’s insane, isn’t it? She doesn’t look a day over forty. Quite incredible. Kudos, Iman!

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Catwalking superstar Eva Herzigová is a Cazech model that you’ll no doubt instantly recognize. Her supermodel work is very famous, of course. But there is one thing that she’s much more knon for. And it’s not her acting or charity work… Do you know what we’re talking about? That’s it – you got it! She was the famous face of the mega hit ‘Hello Boys!’ ad campaign for Wonderbra.

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Here we see the fiercest and most feared former model on God’s green Earth. It’s none other than Tyra Banks herself. The Inglewood-born beauty is only 41, so it’s no surprise that she’s still looking so good. Now a lot of us remember her from her time as a supermodel, but lots of younger folk no doubt recognize her from the modeling TV show, America’s Next Top Model where she rules with an iron fist!

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German model Heidi Klum was married to singer Seal until recently and stills models from time to time. She’s looking great now still, isn’t she? So what’s her secret? “The ultimate beauty secret for a woman getting older is, Don’t be too thin! It is always better to have a little meat on your bones,” she told Self magazine back in 2010. Despite being super slim and always having been like that, Still, the sentiment’s nice, Heidi.

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Brooklyn-born former model and agent Janice Dickinson has definitely not aged well. She never gave herself the chance to grow old gracefully, you see. It’s was one cosmetic procedure after another with her and now – in her sixties – it’s really not looking flattering. She recently hit the headlines again for her accusations against Bill Cosby.  A frequent reality TV star, she’s often on our screens. Usually screaming at someone for some minor indiscretion or other. A scary woman.

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Get ready for this… Christie Brinkley is 61! It’s almost unbelievable, isn’t it? You might have seen her recently on Parks and Recreation. Her secret to looking young? She says this, “I don’t ever apply makeup without scrubbing my face first,” the mother of three former model told People magazine in 2011. “And I’m very careful with my makeup. Too much emphasizes your wrinkles.” So now you know.

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