When you’re a supermodel, you live up to the name. Aside from the multiple magazine covers and glamorous lifestyle surrounded by tons of celebrities, they are models with super great looks. While movies like Zoolander poke fun at the modeling industry and how shallow and superficial the industry is when it comes to a model’s looks and them being in their prime, there’s a group of former supermodels that continue to stun the world with their amazingly great looks despite their hiatus from the runway.
Some of the world’s greatest supermodels have retired from the spotlight and others continue to make cameos here and there in the fashion world. Despite how active they are in the fashion industry, their model good looks have been consistent and appear to not be going away anytime soon. We’ve got supermodels who’ve been married to rock stars; and rock stars sure know how to pick them. We’ve got supermodels who have set records for appearing on certain magazines. We’ve got supermodels who have turned their modeling careers into various business opportunities and ventures. We’ve got a supermodel who recently made headlines for calling today’s models “Bitches of the Moment” opposed to give them the title of supermodel status. Let’s not forget we’ve got a model who has been serving it up in magazines and on the runway since 1947!
Take a look at 25 former supermodels who are still totally hot.
25. Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford has always been a model with a bold, unapologetic voice to match her bold, undeniable beauty. Recently making the news for sharing untouched photos of herself during a photoshoot, Crawford is beyond the definition of beauty. With a modeling career of over 30 years, Crawford is a household name and international celebrity. Remember that time she got pregnant and she decided to inform the world about protective maternity measures to ensure a healthy mom and a healthy baby? What an awesome way for a model to use her platform to share positive tips and advice with other mothers of the world. While her inner beauty shines, her outer beauty does as well. She has been listed on various lists as the most attractive woman in the world including VH1’s ’40 Hottest Hotties of the 90s’, ‘Men’s Health 100 Hottest Women of All-Time’, People Magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful People’, and was named one of the ‘100 Hottest Women of All-Time’ by Men’s Health. Crawford is 50 years old and continues to get hotter.
24. Estelle Lefébure
Estelle Lefébure is a French actress and model known for her iconic Guess campaign in the early 1980s. While Lefebure gained popularity and her celebrity status because of her campaign with Guess, she found much success in the fashion world including being on several covers of American Vogue and Elle and posing for big names in fashion including Cartier, Christian Dior, and Lord & Taylor. Lefebure began her modeling career at the age of 19 and her success continued well into her adult years. In 1993, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and in 1994 was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People. At 50 years old, Lefebure is still looking fabulous and ravishing as she did in her younger years.
23. Tatjana Patitz
German fashion model and actress Tatjana Patitz proves that being a model in the past doesn’t mean you lose your hotness as a mature woman. Patitz became famous in the 1980s and 1990s being a model for prominent names in fashion. Some notable fashion houses she represented are Chanel, Versace, and Donna Karan, to name a few, and has been featured in magazines including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. Patitz is also known for her long-reign of serving as the face of Jil Sander. While she no longer serves it up on the runway or on the pages of fashion magazines, Patitz still looks great and owns her model good looks. Did we mention she is 50? Wow, she’s aging beautifully.
22. Claudia Schiffer
Claudia Schiffer is another German-born beauty whose presence on the runway and magazine made us love her and still makes us love her although she stepped away from the spotlight. Often compared to Brigitte Bardot, Schiffer rose to fame in the 1990s and has appeared on more than 1000 magazine covers and holds the record for the supermodel with the most magazine covers in the Guinness Book of World Records. Although Schiffer isn’t as active in the modeling world as she was before, her stunning good looks still appear in the fashion world from time to time. Schiffer appeared on Vogue’s 1999 millennium cover as one of the muses of the time and she posed from Guess in 2012 to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary. Schiffer is 46.
21. Veronica Webb
Did you notice former supermodel Veronica Webb during Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 preview at Madison Square Garden last year? If not, that’s probably because her youthful, fresh look blended in with the rest of the younger models present during the fashion show/musical event. Webb is an American model, actress, writer, and television personality, and is the first African-American to have a major cosmetics contract. During her modeling years, Webb has appeared on covers of Vogue, Essence, and Elle and appeared on the runway for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Chanel. Webb has even appeared in a few films in her heyday. Celebrating her 51st birthday this year, Webb looks as young as she did when she first started modeling.
20. Naomi Campbell
A name that speaks for itself, Naomi Campbell needs no introduction. The English model was recruited at the age of 15 and has been a notable figure in the fashion world ever since. During her reign in the 1980s and the 1990s, Campbell was one of three models that everyone in the fashion industry wanted; this was the “Trinity.” She was also one of “The Magnificent Seven,” a group of seven supermodels that ruled the runway. Aside from modeling, Campbell has recorded music, acted, and served as a media personality. Last year, Campbell appeared in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 preview alongside other models including Veronica Webb and Liya Kebede. Campbell is 46 and seems to just be getting started.
19. Michaela Bercu
When Michaela Bercu graced the cover of Vogue, which is one of the most notable, iconic covers in magazine history, wearing a jeweled T-shirt and jeans, it was the beginning of a new era in fashion. Bercu started her career as model at the age of 13, and later appeared on the notorious Vogue cover in 1988 wearing a bejeweled Christian Lacroix T-shirt and a pair of faded jeans; this was Anna Wintour’s first cover since taking over as the magazine’s editor-in-chief and was the first magazine to feature a model wearing jeans. This iconic cover was also important in fashion history as Bercu was also the first Israeli woman to be featured on the cover of American Vogue. Now with a fashion collection of her own, Bercu, who is 49, focuses her time to create fashion for full-figured women.
18. Linda Evangelista
If Linda Evangelista is known for two things then she’s known for being able to rock any hairstyle giving her the name “The Chameleon” and for her statement about not getting out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. While the Canadian model’s statement may seem odd, during her time as a fashion model, Evangelista could easily be referred to as the most popular model of her time. Being dubbed a part of the fashion model “it” girls including “The Magnificent Seven” and the “Trinity,” Evangelista has been featured on over 700 magazine covers. Aside from her amazing record for magazine covers, Evangelista also holds the record for appearances on the cover of Vogue Italia. Beginning her career in 1984, Evangelista has experienced a successful modeling career and retired in 1998; though she did come back in 2001. Evangelista is 51 and still looks amazing enough to make a comeback whenever she wants.
17. Paulina Porizkova
Paulina Porizkova is a Czech model, actress, and author. Gracing her first cover in 1984, at 18 years old, Porizkova became the first woman from Central Europe to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. She also made history as she was the second woman to be featured on Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue front cover for two consecutive years; both in 1984 and 1985. While Porizkova has left the runway, she’s moved on to other career opportunities including judging America’s Next Top Model for three seasons and being a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. She has also added a few acting gigs under her belt including a role on As the World Turns and an appearance on Celebrity Ghost Stories. Porizkova is 51 and still looks amazing.
16. Kelly Emberg
Kelly Emberg is another former supermodel whose looks have not faded since her disappearance from the runway. Emberg is American-born and has appeared in a number of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and was also the face of cosmetic line, CoverGirl. While modeling is far in her past, Emberg’s current career focus is on gardening and healthy living. Now referred to as “The Model Gardener,” Emberg gives advice, shares tips, inspiration, and encourages her fans and supporters to grow their own organic vegetables. Emberg is a frequent media personality on iHeartRadio and has her own website where she shares information about healthy living and well-being. As a health guru, no wonder she looks incredible at 57.
15. Rene Russo
Forget Stacey’s mom, Thor’s mom has got it going on. Rene Russo, known for her recent roles in Thor and Thor: The Dark World as the titular hero’s mom is a hot former supermodel. Russo’s career began in the 1970s as she worked as a fashion model doing work for cosmetic companies as well as fragrances. She appeared on covers of magazines including Vogue and Mademoiselle. While Russo got her foot in the door through modeling, she began to pursue an acting career in the 1980s. Russo also starred in the thriller film Nightcrawler, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal as his lover that he was blackmailing. Russo is 62 years old and can still easily be considered a hot momma; sorry, Thor, but your mom is really hot.
14. Christie Brinkley
When you’re talking about supermodels, Christie Brinkley is one of the names that everyone mentions. A former model and actress, Brinkley gained fame and popularity in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers; she is the number one model with the most covers while Paulina Porizkova comes in second. Brinkley served as the face of CoverGirl for 25 years and has appeared on over 500 magazine covers. If Brinkley’s record-setting career isn’t enough, she has been named one of the most attractive women of all time by publications including Allure and Men’s Health. Brinkley continues to be listed for her accomplishments as she came in third on the Daily Mail list “World’s 20 richest models” in 2012. Brinkley is 62.
13. Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland’s brown locks and blue eyes are beyond mesmerizing. Ireland is a model and actress, but has recently found much success as an author and entrepreneur. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Ireland was one of the “it” girls when it came to supermodels. She appeared in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issues, which are the most coveted issues of the magazine. After stepping away from the limelight and the catwalk, Ireland founded her own brand marketing company, kathy ireland Worldwide (kiWW). Ireland’s company, which was founded in 1993, has made her one of the richest former models in the world. According to Forbes, Ireland made $420 million by 2015. At 53, Ireland proves she’s got beauty and brains with her gorgeous looks and great sense of business.
12. Brooke Shields
If you’re obsessed with thick eyebrows, you should credit Brooke Shields for that. Shields, who is an actress and model, began her claim to fame as a child model. At the age of 12, she starred in Pretty Baby and played a child prostitute. Her time as a child star helped catapult her career to being one of the top models of the moment. In 1983, Shields decided to abandon her modeling career to attend college. She attended Princeton University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. After graduating, Shields returned back to the screen starring in Suddenly Susan, which aired from 1996 to 2000. Another former supermodel who proves she’s got beauty and brains, Shields is 51 and serves as a spokesperson for Tupperware’s Chain of Confidence SMART Girls campaign to encourage girls to nurture their mental and physical well-being.
11. Jerry Hall
Jerry Hall may be known for her previous relationship with rocker and global superstar Mick Jagger, but Hall also has a legacy and career of her own. Hall was a former model and actress before her relationship with Jagger; the former couple have four children together. During her prime as a supermodel, Hall was well sought after in the fashion industry. By 1977, Hall was featured on 40 magazine covers including Vogue Italia and Cosmopolitan. In 2016, Hall married media mogul and billionaire Rupert Murdoch. The apple must not fall far from the tree of professions as Hall and Jagger’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger, is a model and is well known for being the face of cosmetic brand, Rimmel, as well as for the signature gap between her teeth which she somehow makes look so good. Hall is 60 and still sexy.
10. Helena Christensen
When it comes to wearing many hats in the fashion industry, Helena Christensen has done it and done it with style and grace. Fashion model. Photographer. Creative director of Nylon Magazine. Designer. What hasn’t Christensen managed to do? The former Victoria’s Secret Angel and beauty queen has been featured in various magazines including Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, and has done editorial campaigns for Revlon, Chanel, Versace, and Hermes, just to name a few. Christensen is noted as one of the few “it” girls during the 1990s along with Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson, and Claudia Schiffer; the group were referred to as the as “The Magnificent Seven” by New York Times writer Frank DeCaro.
9. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is the face, and name, that changed how models presented themselves to the world as a brand and not just a pretty face. Banks, who is a former supermodel, television personality, talk show host, and actress, along with a host of other titles, began her career as a model at age 15. Banks was the first African American woman on the cover of GQ and the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover; she appeared twice on this cover. By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the top-earning models in the world with various accomplishments under her belt including acting roles, two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show Informative, and let’s not forget about America’s Next Top Model, which is currently on its twenty-third season and Banks continues to serve as the series’ executive producer. Banks is 42 and it’s certain we haven’t seen the last of her.
8. Christy Turlington
One of “The Magnificent Seven” as noted by New York Times writer Frank DeCaro, Christy Turlington has left her legacy in the fashion world and still continues to dominate with her stunning looks. The former supermodel’s first gig was a Calvin Klein campaign, which is represented again in 2014. Turlington gained fame and notoriety in the 1980s and 1990s. While Turlington is part of “The Magnificent Seven,” she is also noted as part of the fashion “Trinity,” which includes other former supermodels Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. While Turlington isn’t as active as she was during her modeling peak, she still looks phenomenal and has aged wonderfully to be 47 years old. Honestly, all of the models in the fashion “Trinity” make being a former supermodel look like the “new” supermodel.
7. Stephanie Seymour
Recently making headlines for her disapproval and dislike of the term “supermodel” used when discussing the new generation of models, Stephanie Seymour looks fantastic with her hypnotizing blue-green eyes. When asked about models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid being supermodels, Seymour responded saying they’re more like “Bitches of the moment!” Whether you agree with Seymour’s view of Jenner and Hadid or not, the former model and actress is a modeling legend. Seymour has modeled for many notable fashion magazines and designers and has posed for several well-known photographers in fashion including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon, and Mario Testino. Seymour is 48 and continues to look great even if she is talking about our favorite “girls of the moment”.
6. Heidi Klum
When it comes to fashion and television, Heidi Klum is one of the names you automatically think of. The German-born and raised model, television personality, businesswoman, and television producer continues to stun us with her looks even though it isn’t on the runway. In 1999, Klum became the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but her accomplishments didn’t stop there. Leaning away from modeling and focusing more on business endeavors, Klum served as the host and a judge of Germany’s Next Top Model, won an Emmy for Project Runway in 2013 for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program with Tim Gunn, and became Barbie’s official ambassador on Barbie’s 50th anniversary. From helping aspiring fashion designers to being the face of international brands, Klum does it all— not to mention with a smile. Klum is 43.
5. Beverly Johnson
Noted as the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue, Beverly Johnson is still rocking it and looking hot in her life after the runway. Model, actress, and business woman, Johnson’s career on the runway was just the stepping stone in her career. Going back to her record-breaking Vogue cover in 1974, Johnson has since continued to break barriers and stun the world with her gorgeous looks; in 1975, she was also the first African-American women to appear on the French edition. Spending some time on reality tv on Oprah’s Oprah Winfrey Network and also being an author, Johnson’s contributions to the fashion world are great as The New York Times named her one of the most influential people in fashion for the 20th Century. Johnson is 63 and still looks ready to conquer any runway.
4. Elle Macpherson
Some may know her as Elle Macpherson, but most know her simply as ‘The Body’. The Australian model, businesswoman, actress, and television host’s career has spanned beyond the runway, but her model good looks haven’t gone anywhere. Macpherson is known for her five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the 1980s, which led to her nickname ‘The Body’, may also be recognized for her role as Janine LaCroix on the sitcom Friends. Since her time away from the catwalk, Macpherson has been the host and executive producer of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and executive producer of Fashion Star, a competition show for upcoming designers to get featured in prestigious department stores. At 52, Macpherson still has the nickname “The Body” and rightfully so.
When you’re married to a rockstar, it’s no surprise that you’re hot! Iman, who is the widow of iconic, pop legend David Bowie, may have hung up her runway heels, but the Somali fashion model still continues to exude nothing but beauty, elegance, and grace. Iman can be called a former model and actress, but her entrepreneurial spirit cannot be forgotten. A trailblazer when it comes to models extending their brand beyond the runway, Iman created a line of cosmetics for women of different ethnicities, a market that didn’t exist in the past. Inspired by her own experience of having to mix and experiment with makeup, Iman established Iman Cosmetics in 1994, almost 20 years after making her modeling debut. At 61, Iman still stuns and has been featured in a few fashion campaigns including Balmain’s campaign accompanied by Naomi Campbell and Rihanna.
2. Kate Moss
With a distinctive look and always noted for her style, Kate Moss is a supermodel who continues to get hotter as time goes by. The London-born, English model was discovered at 14 and has been modeling ever since. Moss has been on the cover of W Magazine 17 times, donned the cover of British Vogue 30 times, and shot the inaugural covers of both Russian Vogue and Japanese Vogue. If that’s not enough to prove Moss’ supermodel status, she was honored with the Model of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and was honored again by the organization for her 25 years and contribution to the fashion industry. At 42, Moss is a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue and will be launching her own talent agency.
1. Carmen Dell’Orefice
Carmen Dell’Orefice is the epitome of a former supermodel who is still hot. Dell’Orefice’s career dates back to 1947 when she appeared on the cover of Vogue at the age of 15 and later appeared on the cover a year later. Since her modeling debut and being one of the youngest models to be featured on the magazine’s cover, Dell’Orefice has been a well-known, well sought after name in the fashion industry. She is now known as the world’s oldest working model as of 2012. Although Dell’Orefice does have a long career in the fashion industry, she did take a break and retired from her craft in 1958. She has returned and continues to do both runway and editorial modeling. Dell’Orefice is 85 and proves she can be as valuable as the young girls; if not more so.
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