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Best Models of All Time



The latest issue of Harper's Bazaar has a spread with their picks of the greatest models of all time. The list is so comprehensive that we really have nothing to add. Enjoy - and tell us if you think they missed any.


Dorian Leigh
Before informing Eileen Ford she would sign with Ford Models if the agency took her little sister Suzy Parker sight unseen, Leigh landed the cover of Bazaar at age 27 in 1944, after telling Diana Vreeland she was 19. Her wistful femininity — and five marriages — made some claim she was the real Holly Golightly.

Dovima
The quintessential swan was a Queens housewife until she was discovered outside a Manhattan Automat. Described by Avedon as the "last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties," she created the perfect fashion storm when she posed with elephants for him at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris in 1955. The resulting images have long been among the world's best-loved fashion photographs.

Sunny Harvett
Avedon's 1954 picture of Harnett wearing a Grès gown at a casino was jet-set long before 007 ever spun a roulette wheel.

Lisa Fonssagrives
The face of the '40s and '50s (and Mrs. Irving Penn) called herself "a good clothes hanger."

Suzy Parker
The first model to earn more than $100 an hour, Parker was the face of postwar American glamour and inspired Audrey Hepburn's character in the 1957 film Funny Face. Her bright insouciance was beloved by Avedon, who called her "my most challenging and complicated of muses."

Jean Shrimpton
One of the original gamines, "the Shrimp" (winking for Avedon in 1965) embodied the London youthquake in her photos and free-spirited lifestyle.

Twiggy
Following on the go-go heels of Shrimpton, Twiggy's doe-eyed charm and leggy, androgynous looks made her the ideal mannequin for the mod looks of the mid-'60s.

Veruschka
Once considered too tall, at more than six feet, to be a model, the German knockout played up her exoticism and Valkyrie proportions by occasionally appearing in nothing but body paint and favoring far-flung locations.

Marisa Berenson
Elsa Schiaparelli's granddaughter's golden glow made YSL call her the "girl of the '70s."

Lauren Hutton
The first model to sign an exclusive cosmetics contract (with Revlon in '73), Hutton was an antidote to '70s excess.

Jerry Hall
The glossy Texan was fittingly discovered on a beach in Saint-Tropez. She is the mother of four of Mick Jagger's children.

Patti Hansen
A favorite of Albert Watson and Francesco Scavullo, Hansen married Keith Richards, with whom she has two daughters, Theodora and Alexandra.

Iman
The stunning Somalian transcended color barriers, becoming one of the top models of the '70s. Now married to David Bowie, she is founder of Iman Cosmetics.

Cheryl Tiegs
Best known for her swimsuit work, the quintessential California girl was the first to ride in on the wave that also brought Christie Brinkley to fame.

Paulina Porizkova
Czech-born Porizkova's sultry pout, captured here by Scavullo in 1987, was sought after in the early MTV era. A gig in a Cars video led to her marriage to Ric Ocasek.

Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, and Stephanie Seymour
In contrast to the colorful glitz of the previous decades, the rise of fresh-faced supermodels and stark photography coincided with the clean, pared-down minimalism that became the hallmark of the '90s.

Linda Evangelista
A closely cropped haircut, encouraged by Peter Lindbergh, catapulted Evangelista from the ranks to supermodel status. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, she graced the cover of Liz Tilberis's first issue of Bazaar in 1992. Together Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell were called "the Trinity," who, Evangelista once said, didn't "wake up for less than $10,000 a day."

Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell
Lensmen loved Turlington's squeaky-clean professionalism and Campbell's saucy swagger.

Nadja Auerman
The long-legged blonde was a Helmut Newton fantasy come to life. She also stared down the lenses of Avedon and Patrick Demarchelier.

Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta
Often photographed together, Harlow and Valletta were best friends.

Kate Moss
At five foot eight, Moss was the antisupermodel. Her arrival on the scene in 1990 heralded the waif look and changed fashion's aesthetic.

Stella Tenant
Nobly born Tennant was the go-to for English eccentricity.

Gisele Bündchen
The first of the curvy Brazilians, she rang in Glenda Bailey's editorship of Bazaar in 2002 and is a reigning supermodel of the decade.

Natalia Vodianova
Vodianova led a Russian-model invasion and is a mother of three.

Daria Werbowy
The Canadian's feline gaze is instantly recognizable, as she has been the face of many top luxury brands.

Lily Donaldson
The 21-year-old Brit is a favorite of photographers for her easy 21st-century beauty.



[Photos: Various sources]


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146 comments:

Janice Dickinson's gonna be pissed!


They forgot Beverly Johnson, first black woman to grace Vogue, and Gia Carrangia, whose smouldering exotic look predated Cindy Crawford and other 90s models. Also forgot Christie Brinkley. I am not sure Elle McPherson is a forget. She did swimsuits, mostly. And how could they forget Carmen Dell Orifice? Who lost all her money with Bernie and still has cheekbones higher than the Matterhorn. Love the site guys. Read it every day--Paulina


Janice Dickinson's gonna be pissed!

Same with Tyra! Maybe they can commiserate over ribs and Botox.

I'm also curious who wrote the captions. Are they directly from the mag or did T. Lo write these? I'm just sick of hearing Gisele referred to as "curvy." I mean, really. Can we just stop perpetuating that myth. I know, I know, maybe by model standards she is, but even that seems a bit of a stretch.


Janice?!


I think that even though Audrey Hepburn was technically considered an actress, not a model, she wore the shit out of everything she put on her tiny little body. She did a lot of modeling, and wore some of the most beautiful clothes out there. I think she deserves a spot in fashion history.


Donny B said...
Janice Dickinson's gonna be pissed!
Same with Tyra!


Those two would NOT classify as "best models of all time."

I'm also curious who wrote the captions. Are they directly from the mag or did T. Lo write these?

Directly from the magazine.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Linda Evangelista. She and Christy Turlington are two of my favorite models.


Great post, guys!


I adore those old photos of Lisa Fonssagrives. She was simply amazing.


That is a FABULOUS picture of Sunny Harvett.


Dovima and the Elephants is the greatest fashion photo of all time IMO.

TampaBay


I miss the real supermodel. Except for Gisele, today, everyone is a supermodel.


I agree with Paulina about Beverly Johnson - that was a real oversight on their part, and the fabulous Carmen, who at almost 80, is still amazing and still working it better than the 18 year olds.


Donayle Luna??

The Amazingly Annoying Tyra??

Gia??

Bev Johnson??

Mrs. French Guy's Wife-who-looked-fabulous-with-ShelleyO??

Adriana Lima??? The sexiest pseudo-virgin who ever walked in 4-in. heels????

And WHOA! NO FRAU SEAL??????????


jen in philly said...
Janice Dickinson's gonna be pissed!

4/8/09 9:45 AM



Janice is going to burn someone's house down tonight!


I don't know how can someone think that Tyra Banks is one of the best models of all time. I mean, seriously?


Lisa Fonssagrives was the bomb! Simply divine!!


as a german, the absence that strikes me most isn't even of heidi but of claudia schiffer...


James Bond=created in 1953. As in year before photograph was taken.


shalom harlow.. she's the definiton of beauty


Sunny Harvett
Avedon's 1954 picture of Harnett wearing a Grès gown at a casino was jet-set long before 007 ever spun a roulette wheel.


So THAT's where the Barbie look came from!


Veruschka
Once considered too tall, at more than six feet, to be a model, the German knockout played up her exoticism and Valkyrie proportions by occasionally appearing in nothing but body paint and favoring far-flung locations.


Fabulous, but why was she styled like she's exploding from a pig's poop shoot???

Ah, those 70s drugs...can't beat 'em.


"Think pink! Think pink when you shop for summer clothes.
Think Pink! Think pink if you want that quelque chose."


Dovima is divine!!!!

I love her role in "Funny Face."

A true supermodel.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

What a fabulously gorgeous post, TLo!

And I don't just mean the models; the photography as well!

Thanks!


There seems to be some confusion... Tyra and Janice Dickinson will be pissed because they are among the greatest models of all time IN THEIR OWN MINDS, bolstered by the reality tv sphere.


I'm glad to know I wasn't alone in wondering why Beverly Johnson wasn't on the list. They could have made room for her by dropping Jerry Hall.

and the omission of Frau Seal is somewhat puzzling...


They left of a few that I consider important.
If we go way back I would say Denise Poiret, Paul Poiret's wife and muse was probably the first model with a "name". Also very important to his early success.
Haute Couture models Lucky, Bettina, and Colette also deserve their due.
Naomi Sims, Alex Wek, and Kristen McMenamy would also be on my list.


Oh, as much as people want to (understandably) rag on Janice Dickinson now, she was the shit back in the day. Being a raging pyscho bitch didn't prevent Naomi from being on the list, so I too am perplexed that Janice is missing. I can understand why Tyra wasn't included, although I do think she was a good model.

Someone mentioned Claudia Schiffer...she had her own unique look when she came out in the early 90's and was a big deal, so for those reasons I can see why she might be included...except that her career as a top model was really pretty short-lived, and ultimately I don't know how much she really influenced anything that much.


And YES, Sewing Siren! Alek Wek! LOVED that bitch! So statuesque.


(Just to clarify, 'cause I'm a bit obsessive compulsive sometimes, when I called Claudia Schiffer a 'top model' I meant when she was at the apex of her modeling career, not that she was walking the runway for the biggest fashion houses or anything. Guess, anyone? lol)


I'm a bit surprised that Jessica Stam didn't make the list next to Lily Donaldson. She's one of the biggest faces in fashion right now.


But Janice is THE WORLD'S FIRST SUPERMODEL EVER (As she had insisted again and again) I'm sure it'd count for something... lol.


CanIGetYouAnything?

Naomi is by far one of the best models ever. She has such presence and flawless body.


Isabella Rossellini - I would have included her.


Two black people on this entire list. Wow. It's not that I didn't know the fashion industry was racist it's just...wow.


Bailey said...
Oh, as much as people want to (understandably) rag on Janice Dickinson now, she was the shit back in the day



Couldn't agree more. And as much as I hate to admit it, she does have some credibility to that claim. Quite a few people in the biz DID say that Janice was the first "official" supermodel, despite coming after the likes of Twig, Shrimp, Suzy, Dovima, etc.


Claudia Schiffer was and IS still fabulous, but her main attraction was the fact that she looked so much like Bardot, and that "is she really going out with HIM?" appeal when she dated David Copperfield. *shudder*

Tyra, as ANNOYING as she is, should have been named, too.


No Tyra? First black model to appear on SI Swimsuit edition alone?


Suzy Parker, Twiggy, Lauren Hutton and Linda Evangelista...my all time favorites!!! My old Vogues, Mademoiselles, Seventeens and Harpers Bazaars are getting really ragged from constantly perusing the fabulousness of the past.
Sorry, but present day models (and that includes the last 6 on the list) cannot hold a candle to the rest of the gals.
Where the hell is Beverly Johnson?
Harpers Bazaar dropped the ball there!
And, though I cannot stand Janice Dickenson, she really was the bomb in her day.


Can't argue with this list, but how about Erin O'Connor?!


StkrShock said...
Where the hell is Beverly Johnson?
Harpers Bazaar dropped the ball there!
And, though I cannot stand Janice Dickinson, she really was the bomb in her day.



I agree. They both deserved to be on the list. I can't stand JD, but she was BIG back then.


Carmen Kass, anyone?


Linda, Naomi, Kate, Christie took the modeling industry to a whole new level.

I love the movie "Catwalk" with Christie. Has anyone seen it?

Fabulous posts! You guys are rocking!


CanIGetYouAnything?

Anonymous said...

Carmen Kass, anyone?



YES! She's gorgeous!


Overall I agree with the list, with one glaring exception. I don't get the Gisele adoration. Yes, she's fine for SI or the VS catalog, but she's not high fashion. She's "men's magazine" and commercial.


I have to agree with some of the other posters regarding Tyra. She may be annoying now, but she certainly really opened the door along with Iman, Beverly Johnson and Naomi Campbell to the beauty of women of color.


The same could be said for Cheryl Tiegs-- more cheesecake than fashion.

From the 1970's, I'd rather see Rene Russo or Beverly Johnson on the list before Cheryl Tiegs.


EspeciallyGay

Remember Naomi on the cover of Time?

Those were the days of Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler and so many others.

Le sigh.


Mila Jovavich and Claudia Schiffer are models I remember making a big impression.


Fun post. A few surprises -- Jerry Hall? But what do I know -- I'm not a follower of models; maybe she was a great one. Some omissions that crossed my mind (already mentioned in comments): Alek Wek, Beverly Johnson, Carmen. But of course a list like this is subjective, and won't ever please everybody.


That bathing suit Cheryl Tiegs is wearing is an atrocity.


Give me Linda Evangelista or give me death.


I think I'd have had Lily Cole instead of Donaldson on the list ...


Brooklyn Bomber said...

That bathing suit Cheryl Tiegs is wearing is an atrocity.



LOL. That's the classic fishnet bathing suit that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978. Huge break for her. People talked about it for weeks.


What about Cristina Ferrare? And my personal favorite, Rene Russo? Cristina was the face of Max Factor and was the highest-paid model during part of the 70's. Rene Russo was one of Scavullo's favorites.


I think the quote from Linda Evangelista was "I don't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day."

I agree with Paulina and others - how could they leave out Beverly Johnson?!

Oh, and I take back my suggestion about the new format (always putting the same show in the same spot on the main page). Now that I see how it works, I like having the most recent posts up top. Excellent!


bitchybitchybitchy

I'm not sure I understand the inclusion of Stella Tenant on this list-if anyone can point me to better examples of her as a runway, high fashion model, I'd like to see them


Grace Jones?


honesty.not.pc

Yeah that bathing suit looks like something blayne would have made.

I don't have much to say about the list. I loved the photo's!


I agree with other posters that the omission of Beverly Johnson is really shocking, as is the overall absence of women of color from this list.

I always loved (and still do) Jenny Shimizu. She was the classy androgyne as opposed to Kate Moss (ugh).


this all makes sense until they put LILY DONALDSON. I MEAN NO ONE (but us) KNOWS HER. I mean honestly they could have put Sasha Pivavarova over her, as she has had a record run with the most influential designer in the world. Even Fugyness Deyn would have been better

List of models that SHOULD be included:
1. Beverley Peele
2. Elle McPherson
3. Kristen McMenamy
4. Claudia Shitfuck (hate her too, lorenzo!)
5. Tyra Banks (She is a supermodel in her own right, despite my dislike for her)
6. Angela Lindvall
7. Alek Wek
8. Carmen Kass
9. Liya Kebede
10. Carolyn Murphy
11. Eva Herzigova
12. Helena Christensen
13. Gemma Ward (she started the doll face revolution, and you know it).
14. Lara Stone (Ask Carine if you need to, anyway she has totally started this blond zombie phenomenon)
15. Jenny Schmizu
16. Grace Jones
17. Christey Brinkley

Girls I'm not sure about:
1. Heidi Klum
2. Malgolsia Bela
3. Karen Mulder
4. Red Heads: Karen and Maggie
5. Audrey Marnay
6. Nikki Taylor
7. Karolina Kurkova (only cause Wintour loves this lady i'd jump in bed with)
8. Veronica Webb
9. Janice Dickinson


ps That's a GREAT picture of stella


DOVIMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh god I must get that issue!


This made my day : )

Where's Elle McPherson? Isn't she "the body"?


Janice Dickinson is a crazy-ass bitch but she should be on the list.


another laura

How long before Tyra gets rid of Paulina P as a judge on ANTM? Her inner and outer fierceness will not stand for it!


Oh, those wonderful Avedon photos!


Yeah Beverly Johnson not just because she's the first black women to grace Vouge but because she is still FIERCE to this day, and she use to work a mean twirl on the old school runways!


these photos all made me think of RuPaul's Drag Race. this is a good thing.

The Cheryl Tiegs Swimsuit (though important it may have been) is - well, she looks like a drag queen who forgot to tuck.

i wish there were more models pre-Twiggy. i KNOW, i KNOW, it wasn't until Janice (or twiggy, or thereabouts) that there were SuperModels, but I just wish this retrospective was a little more, you know, retro. SO many models since Cindy Crawford or thereabouts.

I just love the look of the older models - the photography, the clothing, the hair, the makeup - the whole thing.

I agree completely, btw, about Gisele being a men's magazine object, not a model. I've never understood her appeal.

Iman is one of the most stunningly beautiful women I have ever seen. The fashion world would do well to scout women from Ethiopia/Eritrea/Somalia - people from that part of the world are just shatteringly beautiful.


They included Stephanie Seymour (known as "the schnozz" back in my younger, cattier days) but not Christie Brinkley? Sure she was utter white bread (not that Cheryl was glam), but damn you couldn't even open Cat Fancy without seeing her photo everywhere.

I'd like to see influential models--like Kristen McMenamy. I still remember seeing her for the first time. "What the hell is THAT?" But I was captivated.


Love Linda E. She's so awesome. Claudia S. was Karl Lagerfeld's muse for a long time. Those Germans!

I love Jerry Hall. I'm on her fan page on Facebook. That's right, all 136 of us!!! She was a great muse for Antonio (fashion illustrator), Helmut Newton and her cover of Roxy Music's Siren is legend. I just hated that it seemed her accomplishment was birthing 4 of Mick Jagger's children (the record of the most Jagger children born to one woman). She is being used for Chanel's accessory print campaign. Her longevity is to be admired.

Isabella Rosellini would have been good too. I'm glad Beverly Johnson is being recognized here at least.

Lily Donaldson's face has been compared to Kate Moss'. I think HB was covering their ass.

-Frances


Also, Gia Carangi made an impact more after her life than in fashion. She is the product of a faulty modeling industry more than anything else.

I could write all day about these bitches!

-Frances


I'm surprised no one's mentioned Brooke Shields.


Am I the only one who think Agnes Deyn belongs on this list?


A classic '50s name they forgot: Anne St. Marie.


Where's Tyra Banks!?! *cough*


OMG, Margo! Yes, Brooke Fucking Shields!!

I had to turn my PC back on to write her name here. It's eerie because maybe we were thinking of her at the same time.

Brooke Shields got me into fashion and magazines (much to my mother's disgust) because I was a fan of hers. It seemed totally plausible to have a 14 year old on the cover of Vogue at the time, because I was 14 then too!

-Frances


Yes, I definitely get why Gia Carangi wasn't on the list. She may have paved the way for Cindy, but she was never anywhere near Cindy's status. Her addictions burned her out too early.

Fun fact: Jean Shrimpton was the model for the late 1960's Barbie face mold, also known as the "Twist 'n Turn" face mold. If you google a picture of the doll and compare it with Jean, you can really see the resemblance.


Why the eff is Peggy Moffitt not on this list?


Margo said...
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Brooke Shields.

4/8/09 1:50 PM


ABSO-FREAKIN'-LUTELY!


To add...

My mother even bought me that ugly-assed doll!

Wish I still had it, teehee...


formerlyAnon

Other than reiterating where the heck IS Beverly Johnson?, it's so hard for me to sort my own preferences among photographers, fashion-shoot-trends, and styles of physical beauty from the idea of what makes a "greatest model of all time," heck, how should I know?

I bet the magazine's editors could do a 5 page essay on their criteria and I'd love to read it.

I myself would love to see an issue on greatest black & white fashion photographers of all time.

Someone mentioned Peggy Moffit (credits at the very end):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojaofcXmS8

A real blast from the past, but other than being reminded of many, many bad mod art school student shorts of the late 60's and early 70's, I mostly can't get over how freaking "Target" many of Rudi Gernreich's designs look today. Time is cruel to more than my sagging butt.


I'm no PETA person, but didn't the chains on the legs of the elephants disturb anyone else?

Nancy


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

What a nice surprise!!
My mom used to talk about Dovima all the time (she used to be a model). One of the greatest models America ever had. Dovima and the Elephants is as close to heaven as a fashion photography gets.


oh god janice dickinson is going to cut a bitch.


The big oversites from the past:
Beverly, obv.
Kristen McMenamy (not huge, but way influential)
Alek Wek, one of the first really big Really African models

Lily D's pretty, but you'd think Stam or Sasha'd are more recognizable and Lily Cole's more influential.


I am surprised Heidi isn't on here. She deserves to be on the list for turning an already successful supermodel career to an overwhelmingly successful multi-faceted Heidi Klum empire.

I also think Raquel Zimmermann is in just as many ads and editorials as Daria Werbowy AND she has VS under her belt...but I think that selecting supermodels from this decade is kind of a crap shoot anyway. Too soon, too soon.


A shame they didn't include Gemma Ward, but I'm just personally a fan of her and her look, so maybe it's personal I would've liked to seen her on this list. Loved the pics though.


Hello Claudia Schiffer??? Da Bomb of Guess!!!???

And what about RuPaul??? Supermodel of the world, people please!


I am missing Carmen Dell Orifice, Helena Christiansen, but other than that, what a great post !!

I think the thing I like about the older models is their haughty 'don't fuck with me' attitude. It isn't all obvious sex, it is 'you are not worthy enough to see how sexy I REALLY am.'

And I agree with Anon 12:04 about Rene Russo


I am missing Carmen Dell Orifice, Helena Christiansen, but other than that, what a great post !!

I think the thing I like about the older models is their haughty 'don't fuck with me' attitude. It isn't all obvious sex, it is 'you are not worthy enough to see how sexy I REALLY am.'

And I agree with Anon 12:04 about Rene Russo


I'm glad someone mentioned the inimitable Grace Jones and chameleonic Agnes Deyn. And I'd like to add another name: Lauren Bacall. She was discovered on the cover of Harpers Bazaar, after all. Slim, they called her - and she was - tall (for her day), elegant and heart-stoppingly beautiful.


When I was a teenager I thought Rosie Vela and Janice Dickinson were the bomb.

I'm glad they included at least a few pre-Twiggy models...so glamorous.


janice dickinson pissed, ja! forget that
Heidi Klum has to be pissed off,


No way in hell would anyone consider Heidi one of the greatest models of all time.


Great post, with a capital G.

What about featuring covers and editorials of great models from the past in future posts?

I was missing Alex Wek, Helena Christiansen. Agree about Beverly Johnson and many of the others mentioned, though they didn't leap into my mind. I can see the arguement for Banks and Dickensen, but I arbitrarily take points of for trivializing themselves with OTT TV pseudo-personalities.

Maybe Erin O'conner as she was a really different face. I wonder if her 'lore' will grow with time......


Heidi Klum best model of all time?

No way!


I'm surprised they didn't include Helene Christensen.


I doubt any of the women on my list qualify as supermodels but for one reason or another, reading this post has made me think of them and some of the wonderful memories of watching them on the cat walk and seeing them in print. Maybe somebody else remembers them.

Ines de la Fressange- Lagerfeld's muse at Chanel for a moment in time.

Marie Seznac- The face of Patou Couture when Lacroix revived the label.

Karen Bjornsen, Pat Cleveland and the Halstonettes- It was like they travelled in packs, but there was a group who did Halston back in the mid 70's. Karen Bjornsen was also great at Calvin Klein and was my absolute favorite model bakc in the 70's. The Halstonettes did a benefit show in Pittsburgh and it was a sensation. NO ONE now or then walked like Pat Cleveland!!

Karen Graham- For years she was the face of Estee Lauder.

Stella Tenbrook- Mannequin for Jacques Fath Couture in the mid 50's. Never heard of her till I found a book about her by her son, Marc Parent. She's my muse when I have to do a fashion drawing, always inspirational.

Nice post TLo, nice to think back about these women.

BrianB


Beverly Johnson is a glaring omission.

Carmen dell'Orefice for her amazing long career. Beautiful at every age, timeless and trendsetting all at once.

RuPaul,Jenny Shimizu, and/or Grace Jones should be on there for being groundbreaking gender-benders. Androgeny is a major force in fashion that ebbs and flows, and these three really demonstrate that.


If you have Lily Donaldson, Gemma Ward should be included.


fashionablylate

Cheryl Tiegs, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss - I never saw or understood their appeal. Just don't get it. Twiggy and Lauren Hutton I love, and I'm happy to see Stella Tenant on the list, she was always one of my favorites. Thanks to all who mentioned Rene Russo, I think I owned every one of her Cosmo covers! Other favorites who've already been mentioned are Rosie Vela, Carolyn Murphy and Carmen Kass, and let's not forget Mrs. John Mellencamp, Elaine Irwin, love her!


"Mishi
4/8/09 11:04 AM
Two black people on this entire list. Wow. It's not that I didn't know the fashion industry was racist it's just...wow."

um hello, ZERO ASIANS.


omfgajen said...

"Mishi
4/8/09 11:04 AM
Two black people on this entire list. Wow. It's not that I didn't know the fashion industry was racist it's just...wow."

um hello, ZERO ASIANS.



Exactly, no Asians either.


woo-hoo if we are adding ethinicty as a criteria to count YEA! A Pole!


Donny B :

"I'm also curious who wrote the captions. Are they directly from the mag or did T. Lo write these? I'm just sick of hearing Gisele referred to as "curvy." I mean, really. Can we just stop perpetuating that myth. I know, I know, maybe by model standards she is, but even that seems a bit of a stretch."

You're kidding me right? Does someone have to be plus size to have curves?

Mishi:

"Two black people on this entire list. Wow. It's not that I didn't know the fashion industry was racist it's just...wow."

Wow...get over yourself. Reverse racism is just as disgusting.


i agree, gisele bundche is too overrated


Beverly Johnson?

Helena Christiensen?

Tyra Banks?

Alex Wek?

I find the list severely lacking in black models (not a surprise), but all in all, good list!


does Kiki de Montparnasse count?
Certainly she was the biggest model of her time.


Mariah
4/9/09 12:25 AM Donny B :

"I'm also curious who wrote the captions. Are they directly from the mag or did T. Lo write these? I'm just sick of hearing Gisele referred to as "curvy." I mean, really. Can we just stop perpetuating that myth. I know, I know, maybe by model standards she is, but even that seems a bit of a stretch."

You're kidding me right? Does someone have to be plus size to have curves?

Mishi:

"Two black people on this entire list. Wow. It's not that I didn't know the fashion industry was racist it's just...wow."

Wow...get over yourself. Reverse racism is just as disgusting.


Plus size?
Reverse racism? LOL!

Can we leave the politics on the back burner and talk about the models, please?

Despite some ommisions, its a relatively good list.

Oh, and whoever mentioned Betty Bacall? Great choice!

I guess we could also add Grace Kelly, too.

:0)


Another possible name to add to the list: Renee Simonsen.


I was out all day yesterday at the annual Seder from hell and missed all the fun - so I'm glad to see that the the three who immediately spang to my mind were mentioned as being on the list of the missing: Gia, Beverly Johnson, and Janice Dickenson -- I mean, if you're gonna have Patti Hansen on the list, come on! She's there because she married Keith Richard. That's it.

Same goes for Jerry Hall. Ugh. If she hadn't married Mick Jagger she would have been forgotten a long time ago. I love a drag queen as much as the next gal, but Jerry Hall would have been eliminated from RuPaul's Drag Race.

--GothamTomato


"Brooklyn Bomber said: That bathing suit Cheryl Tiegs is wearing is an atrocity."




I seem to recall that photo causing a big controversy at the time.

--GothamTomato


"Anonymous said: I'm no PETA person, but didn't the chains on the legs of the elephants disturb anyone else?"




No. an elephant having a chain around one foot is the same as having your dog on a leash.

--GothamTomato


One thing interesting to note is how many of those models were known for working with Richard Avedon.

I'd say it's Avedon who is the memorable one (though they likely paid their dues by working with him).

--GothamTomato


Gotham Tomato said:
I was out all day yesterday at the annual Seder from hell and missed all the fun - so I'm glad to see that the the three who immediately spang to my mind were mentioned as being on the list of the missing: Gia, Beverly Johnson, and Janice Dickenson -- I mean, if you're gonna have Patti Hansen on the list, come on! She's there because she married Keith Richard. That's it.

Same goes for Jerry Hall. Ugh. If she hadn't married Mick Jagger she would have been forgotten a long time ago. I love a drag queen as much as the next gal, but Jerry Hall would have been eliminated from RuPaul's Drag Race.

--GothamTomato

Sorry you had to endure the "Seder from hell", I go through the same thing every Christmas. I can empathize!!
On to the subject at hand. I could not agree with you more regarding Jerry Hall. Double ugh. Add Patti Hansen to that ugh.
I'm still miffed that Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickenson were not included (much as I now dislike JD). Gia was great, but alas, she just could not escape her demons.


Mariah said...
Donny B :

"I'm also curious who wrote the captions. Are they directly from the mag or did T. Lo write these? I'm just sick of hearing Gisele referred to as "curvy." I mean, really. Can we just stop perpetuating that myth. I know, I know, maybe by model standards she is, but even that seems a bit of a stretch."

You're kidding me right? Does someone have to be plus size to have curves?


Nope, definitely not. And that's a good point. But every single time she's mentioned anywhere it's always with the adjective "curvy" and I'm just not buying what the fashion industry is so desperate to sell (namely, that not all models are not anorexic teens).


"StkrShock said: Gia was great, but alas, she just could not escape her demons."




Yes. And here is where the the perspective changes that come with age come in: When I was a teen and I saw pictures of Gia in my magazines, I always thought, 'If only I looked like that my life would be perfect.'

At a point you come to understand that not being beautiful is not the worst tragedy that can befall a woman. In the long run, other qualities win out in the marathon of life.

--GothamTomato


GothamTomato said:
"One thing interesting to note is how many of those models were known for working with Richard Avedon.

I'd say it's Avedon who is the memorable one"
*****************************
YUP!
which is, really why I'd love to overhear an in-depth analysis for the criteria that goes into choosing the "greatest models" - like a lot of collaborative art, the debate about what's good and why is as fascinating as the art itself.


Gotham Tomato-- I saw those same pictures of Gia that made me want to be as perfect as she was. They transcend time. She had a perfect body. She was gorgeous. Even though now she would have had to lose weight. When I didn't see her anymore, I thought she went the way most other supermodels did. Marry some rich &/or famous guy, pump out a few kids and show up in a high-profile campaign from time to time. How sad her life turned out to be. I still mourn her loss. RIP.

Sorry, buy you can't change my mind about Jerry Hall. Still love her.

I guess that's what makes the world go around.
-Frances


"StkrShock said: Sorry you had to endure the "Seder from hell", I go through the same thing every Christmas. I can empathize!!"




Yes, some things are universal! I spent part of the morning writing an essay about it for my blog: gothamtomato.blogspot.com.

--GothamTomato


neither tyra or janice deserve a spot, but they probably both think they do.


Some other overlooked '70's notables: Lisa Taylor ("The Eyes of Laura Mars", anyone?), Marguax Hemingway (let's make it a double feature-- "Lipstick"), Chris Royer, Pat Cleveland.


I don't understand the Cult of Gia. The adoration seems more about her oh-so-tragic self destruction than her modeling career.


Lest ye forget: the late great Wilhelmina.


Patty Hansen? oh come on!!


I've got news for you-- Patti Hansen WAS American Vogue, during the second half of the 1970's.


Erin O'Connor will always be my favourite.


"Anonymous said: I don't understand the Cult of Gia. The adoration seems more about her oh-so-tragic self destruction than her modeling career."




No, I think that would be Sylvia Plath.

--GothamTomato


GothamTomato said...

"Anonymous said: I don't understand the Cult of Gia. The adoration seems more about her oh-so-tragic self destruction than her modeling career."




No, I think that would be Sylvia Plath.

--GothamTomato


Hahahaha! Most astute thing I've ever read here. No joke.


Hands down, Linda Evangelista.
She worked the runways and covers and campaign shots.


Did I just read someone comparing a chained elephant to a dog on a leash ?
Are you fucking kidding me ?


i can hardly contain my absolute glee that Tyra was not named. And my satisfaction is only increased by the fact she's probably having a tantrum about it right now.


fashionablylate

Scarlet said "Another possible name to add to the list: Renee Simonsen."


Yes! Gorgeous, love her!


Why the eff is Peggy Moffitt not on this list?
I second the sentiment here!


Mariah:
Wow...get over yourself. Reverse racism is just as disgusting.

I'm not going to post a long, drawn out comment about how people use the term "reverse racism" seem to imply that racism only deserves to happen to us brown people. (Really, I won't do it.) But I will say that, technically, "reverse racism" is "no racism". What's so disgusting about that?

Anonymous @ 4/9, 7:51:
Can we leave the politics on the back burner and talk about the models, please?

Sorry. I've tried but, unfortunately, my color doesn't wash off.

As for the models: mishi, omfgajen, and Paw84hd3 beat me to it. It really speaks volumes about the fashion industry when there are only two People of Color featured on this list...

And that Gisele is considered "curvy"!


Hello???? What about Kim Alexis???? She was my idol in the 80s as a little girl. I always wanted long, blonde hair like hers. Yes, I had a "beauty mark" like she did but mine didn't look so chic in the middle of my forehead like hers did in the corner of her mouth like a little piece of leftover chocolate. haha


I protest! There are no average looking, dumpy girls who look like me on the list. The fashion industry is biased & bigoted, that's all I have to say...


Angel H. said...
Mariah:
Wow...get over yourself. Reverse racism is just as disgusting.

I'm not going to post a long, drawn out comment about how people use the term "reverse racism" seem to imply that racism only deserves to happen to us brown people. (Really, I won't do it.) But I will say that, technically, "reverse racism" is "no racism". What's so disgusting about that?



I actually agree with you, but know how these conversations devolve rather quickly.

That's why I asked if we could just stick with discussing the models. The point about the lack of diversity on this list has already been voiced, but once the nasty r-word turns up, some of the posters cannot talk about it without becoming emotional (per Mariah's comment.)

I just say let's keep the bitchery light-hearted in this instance.:0)


Ines de la Frassange, Karen Alexander, Kim Alexis, Rachel Williams -- LOVE Rachel Williams


Absolutely love Stella Tennant. Her photos are gorgeous.


What struck me in looking at Cheryl Tiegs' photo was that, by today's chesty standards, she would have been told to get breast implants she wanted to model swimsuits.


Hilary Rhoda. I love her. She's the reason thick eyebrows are back, she's "curvier" than Giselle, and she's the face of one of the biggest make up companies ever.


CARMEN! The silver-haired woman of leisure. I knew someone was missing! Carmen Dell'Orefice, look her up if you haven't heard of her. She's still working the runways today and puts models 50-60 years younger to shame.


Carmen ain't no 'woman of leisure' any more-- she lost all her dough with Bernard Madoff.

Good thing she still has modeling to fall back on, at age eighty.


Yeah, where was Rachel Williams, by far the best of the blonde bronzed bikini girls? Cheryl Tiegs? Ugh. She's so milk toast with those teeny tiny features.


lily cole plz


For all of you wondering the reason Tyra wasnt name is because her life as a high fashion model was short lived when her body type began to change she probably would have a spot if she didnt switch her career to more mainstream and commercial modeling but dont get it twisted her face is gab and her poses are divine and as much as some of you love to hate her you have to admit that.

I too however wonder about why Janice and Beverly JOhnson werent on the list because some of there accomplishments outweigh some of the girls on the lists


For all of you wondering the reason Tyra wasnt name is because her life as a high fashion model was short lived when her body type began to change she probably would have a spot if she didnt switch her career to more mainstream and commercial modeling but dont get it twisted her face is fab and her poses are divine and as much as some of you love to hate her you have to admit that.

I too however wonder about why Janice and Beverly JOhnson werent on the list because some of there accomplishments outweigh some of the girls on the lists


uhh where gia carngi, janice dickinson, tyra banks, helena christian, beverly johnson, christie brinkley, elle mcpherson, rachel hunter, carla bruni????





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