They say that beauty fades — but not if you're one of these freaks of nature! Wonderwall.com rounded up our favorite supermodels of the '80s and '90s to see how they've changed (or not!) over the years. Keep reading to catch up with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen and more of fashion's most famous faces of the past, starting with Cindy Crawford, who turns 54 on Feb. 20, 2020. This stunning lady kicked off her career at the tender age 17 when she placed second in Elite Model Management's Look of the Year contest. She went on to pose for some of the biggest names in fashion and hosted MTV's "House of Style" from 1989 to 1995. She's one of the original five supermodels and in 1995 was named the highest paid model on the planet by Forbes. Read on to see what she's up to now!
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Though Cindy Crawford said in 2000 that she was officially retiring from modeling, she's posed for countless brands and magazines since then. The supermodel, who was briefly married to Richard Gere in the '90s, wed entrepreneur Rande Gerber in 1998 and is the proud mom of two successful new models, daughter Kaia and son Presley. These days, the beauty has her own skin care brand, Meaningful Beauty, as well as a furniture line. She hasn't completely retired from the runway: She hit the catwalk at the Versace spring/summer 2018 show alongside other icons like Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Helena Christensen.
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Gisele Bundchen started a modeling class when she was 13 and was discovered by the Elite Modeling Agency at age 14. She went on to pose for some of the biggest names in fashion including Versace, Missoni, and Valentino. In 2000, she signed a $25 million deal with Victoria's Secret and became one of the most prominent Angels of all time.
Gisele Bundchen is still as gorgeous as ever, but she retired from runway shows in 2015. Back in 2001, she debuted her own line of flip flop sandals — Ipanema Gisele Bundchen, which has sold as many as 25 million pairs annually — and in 2010, she launched her own skincare line. In 2016, she signed with Brazilian shoe company Arezzo. The last big ad campaign she did was for Under Armour in 2014. She's a staunch supporter of environmental causes and posed on the August 2017 issue of Vogue Paris promoting the use of fake fur. And when she released a book, "Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life," in 2018, she donated proceeds to social and environmental causes close to her heart. Following a high-profile romance with Leonardo DiCaprio, Gisele married NFL quarterback Tom Brady in 2009. They have two kids together, Benjamin and Vivian, and she's also a step-mom to Tom's son Jack Moynahan.
Christy Turlington was just 17 when she appeared in the music video for Duran Duran's hit "Notorious." The California girl, who had already been modeling for a few years and was pals with frontman Simon Le Bon's model wife, Yasmin Le Bon, also appeared in the music video for George Michael's "Freedom! '90," which featured fellow supermodels Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Tatjana Patitz.
Success as a model wasn't enough for Christy Turlington, who enrolled at New York University in 1994. Five years later, the supermodel graduated cum laude with a degree in comparative religion and Eastern philosophy. In 2003, she wed actor Ed Burns, with whom she has two children. In 2014, the duo co-starred in an ad campaign for Calvin Klein's Eternity fragrances. Christy, who continues to work regularly as a model, also founded nonprofit Every Mother Counts, an organization "dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother." In February 2017, she and her husband signed on as the campaign stars for Calvin Klein Eternity and the fragrance Calvin Klein Intense. In April 2017, Christy graced the cover of Vogue Paris. And in 2019, she was one of 15 women picked to cover the September issue of British Vogue.
Claudia Schiffer became a household name posing for the likes of Guess and Chanel during the '90s. The German beauty, who has appeared on more than 1,000 magazine covers, was also engaged to magician David Copperfield from 1994 to 1999.
Claudia Schiffer has continued to model, though her career has slowed down a bit in recent years. In 2002, the supermodel wed "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn, with whom she shares three children: son Caspar and daughters Clementine and Cosima. Claudia also appeared in the hit 2003 rom-com "Love Actually" and launched a cashmere clothing line in 2011, the same year she sparked concerns for her health by appearing scary-skinny at the Cannes Film Festival. To mark the 30th anniversary of her career, Rizzoli published "Claudia Schiffer," a collection of her favorite fashion moments, in October 2017. That same year, she rocked the runway again alongside fellow supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen at the Versace spring/summer 2018 show.
Helena Christensen launched her career on the catwalk when she was 20. Within just a few years, she'd worked with practically every major name in fashion, signed a coveted deal with Revlon and starred in the 1991 music video for Chris Isaak's hit single "Wicked Game." During the early '90s, the Peruvian-Danish beauty — who was also one of the first Victoria's Secret Angels — dated the late Michael Hutchence of INXS. She and "The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus, with whom she welcomed son Mingus in 1999, were an item from 1998 to 2003.
Helena Christensen continues to work as a model, but she's also had major success as a photographer in recent years. Her photos have appeared in Vogue, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Black Book, among many other magazines. She launched a Helena Christensen for Thomson collection of boyfriend shirts in 2016. The supermodel and Interpol frontman Paul Banks have been an item since 2008. As for her thoughts on the new social media generation fueled by models such as Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, Helena told The Telegraph in May 2016, "Honestly, I feel so grateful that social media wasn't there before. I was very happy with just being an elusive, mysterious figure that just appeared in photo shoots." Like some of the other famous faces on this list, the model strutted her stuff at the Versace spring/summer 2018 show during Milan Fashion Week.
Before she was a top model, Naomi Campbell was a child star: At 7, she appeared in the music video for Bob Marley's "This Is Love," and at 12, she popped up in Culture Club's "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" music video. A talent scout officially discovered the British beauty while she was shopping shortly before her 16th birthday. Not long after, she appeared on the cover of British ELLE. The rest is history! Naomi, who along with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista made up "The Trinity" of supermodels, went on to pose for the biggest fashion houses and magazines on the planet. She's also credited with breaking down racial barriers in the modeling world.
Naomi Campbell, who's now appeared on more than 500 magazine covers, is still considered one of the world's top models. She's also found success on the small screen in recent years: She appeared on "Empire" in 2015 and 2016, "American Horror Story: Hotel" in in 2015 and "Star" from 2017 until 2019. The supermodel's romantic history is equally noteworthy. Naomi has romanced Mike Tyson, Robert De Niro, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin and One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne. Though the British beauty, who famously once chucked a cellphone at her housekeeper, has made more than a few headlines for her anger issues over the years, she actively supports several international charities. The late, great Nelson Mandela even called her his "honorary granddaughter." Her modeling career also continues full steam ahead — she continues to hit the catwalk and covered British GQ in April 2018; that same year she also received the CFDA's prestigious Fashion Icon Award. More recently in 2019, she landed the first beauty contract of her career — repping NARS. Next up for the stunner? Naomi will take part in the new fashion reality show "Making the Cut" alongside fellow legend Heidi Klum.
Paulina Porizkova was just 18 when posed for the cover of the 1984 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. That same year, the Czech beauty starred in the music video for The Cars' song "Drive." She and frontman Ric Ocasek tied the knot in 1989, a year after she became the face of Estée Lauder.
Paulina Porizkova continued modeling and has appeared in a number of films over the years. The supermodel, who starred on Pop Network's "Nightcap" in late 2016, also briefly competed on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2007 — she was the first contestant eliminated from the competition during her season — and served as a judge on "America's Next Top Model" from 2008 to 2010. During the '90s, Paulina released a children's book, and in 2007, her novel "A Model Summer" debuted. She wed the late Ric Ocasek in 1989 and welcomed two sons, Jonathan and Oliver. They announced their split in 2018 and Ric passed away a year later. The model is currently active on social media, and in January 2020 posted an attention-grabbing makeup-free selfie with a caption about aging.
Eva Herzigova relocated to Paris to pursue her career after she won a modeling contest in her native Czechoslovakia at 16. She went on to model for Guess, Victoria's Secret, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Wonderbra's 1994 ad campaign. Eva wed Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres in 1996, but it wasn't meant to be: They parted ways just two years later.
Eva Herzigova continues modeling today. In recent years, she's appeared steadily on European magazine covers, walked the runway for Atelier Versace and posed for Dior Beauty. She and Italian businessman Gregorio Marsiaj have three sons: George, Philipe and Edward — and after years of being "anti-marriage," she and Gregorio announced their engagement in March 2017, though they've yet to tie the knot. These days Eva is active on social media and serves as editor-at-large for Vogue Czechoslovakia.
Tyra Banks started modeling at 15 and within just a few years had relocated to Milan to further her career. During 1991's Paris Fashion Week — which was her very first runway season as a model — she famously walked in 25 fashion shows. Tyra also became the first black woman to appear on the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalog and posed for the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice. Her love life has been equally noteworthy: She romanced Seal, John Singleton and Will Smith during the height of her supermodel fame.
Tyra Banks isn't just a retired model or actress — she had a recurring stint on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in 1993 and has appeared in several films since then. She's also a media mogul. The former supermodel created, produced and hosted "America's Next Top Model," which ran for 22 seasons between 2003 and 2015; the Emmy-winning "The Tyra Banks Show," which ran for five seasons between 2005 and 2010; and the short-lived "FABLife," which ran for one season between 2015 and 2016. She also runs the successful Tyra Beauty cosmetics company, topped The New York Times bestseller list in 2011 with her debut young adult novel, "Modelland," and completed a prestigious nine-week program at Harvard Business School in 2012. She and Norwegian fashion photographer Erik Asla became an item in 2013, and in January 2016, they welcomed a baby boy, York, via surrogate. The couple split in 2017. That same year, Tyra joined season 12 of "America's Got Talent" as its host, serving for two seasons before leaving in 2018. In 2019, Tyra rocked a bikini once again on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 23 years after making history as the first African American woman to land its cover.
Niki Taylor's girl-next-door beauty and undeniable charisma set her up for an incredibly successful modeling career. She first appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine at 14 and went on to model for CoverGirl, Nokia and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. When she was 15, she became the youngest model to grace the cover of Vogue.
Niki Taylor's life has been marked by tragedy. In 1996, her little sister, model Krissy Taylor, died suddenly at 17 from an unexpected asthma attack. In 2001, Niki herself was in a near-fatal car accident. After years of recovery, she returned to the entertainment world, appearing on "The Apprentice" in 2011 and a 2015 episode of "Say Yes to the Dress." In 2017, she became the face of Jennifer Fisher's spring 2017 jewelry campaign. She also appeared in Swimsuits For All's summer 2017 campaign alongside plus-sized model Ashley Graham. In 2006, she married her second husband, NASCAR driver-turned-airline pilot Burney Lamar. They have two children. Niki is also a mom to adult twin sons with former Arena Football League athlete Matt Martinez.
Linda Evangelista — who famously once said that she and her fellow supermodels "don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day" — started modeling in her Canadian hometown before an international agent discovered her while she was competing in the Miss Teen Niagara pageant. She may have failed to win the competition, but within just a few years, the beauty was posing for some of the biggest names in fashion. In 1985, she even became Karl Lagerfeld's muse! Three years later, Linda cropped off her hair and officially earned supermodel status.
Linda Evangelista took a brief hiatus from 1998 to 2001. In 1993, she left husband Gerald Marie, the head of the French office of the Elite Modeling Agency, for actor Kyle MacLachlan. They were an item until 1998 and were even briefly engaged. In 2006, Linda welcomed son Augustin but initially declined to name his father. The man's identity was made public during a bitter child-support case. (Augustin's biological father is French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek's hubby.) The supermodel romanced Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton from 2006 to 2013, which was her last high-profile relationship. She's also launched a skincare line, Erasa XEP 30.
Elle Macpherson originally aspired to become a lawyer but started modeling during the '80s to earn cash to pay for her textbooks. She went on to star in a widely seen commercial for Tab cola, which helped her book the covers of countless fashion magazines. She also landed on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue five times over the years, starting in 1986. Three years later, Time magazine nicknamed Elle "The Body." She, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer make up the modeling world's "Magnificent Seven." During the late '80s, Elle was briefly married to French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, who was 20 years her senior.
Elle Macpherson, who eventually trademarked her nickname, released several calendars and workout videos during the '90s. She also launched a successful lingerie line, appeared in several films, acted on "Friends" and "The Beautiful Life: TBL," became the face of Revlon in 2008 and hosted "Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model" from 2010 to 2012, the same year she served as a judge on NBC's "Fashion Star." In 2005, the supermodel and French financier Arpad Busson parted ways after nearly a decade as a couple. They have two children together, sons Arpad Flynn and Aurelius Cy. In 2013, Elle wed billionaire real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer, but they split in June 2017. She's currently linked to the producer of the vaccine investigation documentaries "Vaxxed" and "Vaxxed II: The People's Truth," former doctor Andrew Wakefield, whom she started dating in 2017. The beauty has also been busy with the wellness company she co-founded, WelleCo.
Canadian model Shalom Harlow began her career after a scout discovered her at a The Cure concert when she was 17. Fashion journalist Tim Blanks described her body as "made for couture" and she proceeded to become a favorite of houses like Chanel and Dior.
Shalom Harlow starred in ads for Banana Republic's "Mad Men" collection, Tiffany & Co. and Chanel Skincare in the mid-aughts and dabbled in acting. After a four-year runway hiatus, she returned to the catwalk for Jason Wu's Fall 2012 show. In April 2017, she signed with hot modeling agency The Lions and has been revving up her social media presence as of late. Not much is known about her personal life, but she's made a serious comeback via Versace over the last couple years. The stunner walked in the fashion house's spring 2019 show (seen here), and also went on to star in their spring campaign.
German model Heidi Klum shot to fame when she became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 1997 and graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue the same year.
Heidi Klum went on to become one of the biggest models in the world, landing deals as a spokesperson for McDonald's, Braun, Liz Claiborne, Volkswagen and more. Although she still models, Heidi has since expanded her resume to include jobs such as "Project Runway" host (for which she's won an Emmy), lingerie designer, fragrance mogul and "America's Got Talent" judge. The mother of four split from her second husband, singer Seal, in 2012 after nearly seven years of marriage. She dated art dealer Vito Schnabel from 2014 until 2017. A year later the German stunner went public with her new relationship with Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz, whom she wed privately in February 2019 before having a yacht wedding in Italy later that August. Next up? "Making the Cut," her new show with Tim Gunn for Amazon Prime Video, which is set to debut in March 2020.