Ah, the ’80s. That was a decade for you. Times were good back then, or at least it seemed that way. Of course, that might have been because there were so many ridiculously hot women around; they were pretty much everywhere you looked. Or maybe it was because I was so young, and everything seemed cool back then. Even my dad seemed cool, and even though he is a nice guy, the one thing he is not is cool.
I don’t know, though, the more that I think of it, women had bad hairstyles back then, and not only that but they dressed bad, too. The music was horrible, fashion was horrible… I guess I might have been wrong about the 80’s after all.
Oh, but wait. Supermodels in bikinis. The ’80s were all about that. Those were the days of big haired chicks strutting around in ZZ Top videos and spring break movies were made where every woman in them was gorgeous.
In fact, I have to say the women of the ’80s just might even be hotter than the women that you see today. You don’t believe me? You think I am making it up? Well, there is only one way to settle this. Check out the 15 hottest models of the 80’s rocking some bikinis.
15. Kim Alexis
Kim was all about swimsuits. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition for 6 consecutive years. I could be wrong about this, but I don’t think that is possible unless you are a total smoke-show, and there is no doubt about the fact that Kim Alexis is a smoke show. She became a model at age 18 after being discovered by the Elite modeling agency. I don’t think she knew my dad in the ’80s and if she did, I doubt she thought he was cool.
14. Christie Brinkley
This photo sums up the ’80s perfectly. First, look at that hair. The whole thing is kind of like a lion’s mane, it just is not happening. But then, look at that body. That body is so happening it ought to be illegal. Christie Brinkley was gorgeous. She still is, actually. Another thing that makes one realize how crazy the ’80s were is the fact that Christie was married to Billy Joel back then, who is one of the most singularly irritating people in the history of the world.
13. Catherine Bach
I can hear you now. “Hey, Catherine Bach? She was a supermodel?” Okay, no, she was not a supermodel. She was something way better. She played Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazard, which made her way cooler than any old supermodel that me or any of my friends knew of. This chick is the one singular reason that tight little shorts that are too small are still known as “Daisy Dukes” and for that, and many other reasons that are obvious by looking at her photo, she deserves to be on this list.
12. Carol Alt
Here is another one where the hair may throw you off for a bit. What was it with these chicks and their hair? But again, once you get past that it is nothing but beauty and curves. Carol was known as “The Face” and appeared on hundreds of magazine covers over the years, including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She still looks hot well into her 50s and claims that most of the reason why is that she eats a raw diet.
11. Cheryl Tiegs
Cheryl was at her peak in the 70s, but she was still rocking the bikini in Sports Illustrated and many other places well into the 80s. And besides, it’s Cheryl Tiegs! There was a time that even the mention of her name caused men to start walking in circles and mumbling in an agitated way. She was on three Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers and is widely thought of as the very first supermodel, and if you look at this photo you can see why.
10. Rachel Hunter
Oh man, Rachel Hunter. Pretty much every guy in the world wants to be with Rachel Hunter, even now. Well, pretty much every guy except for Rod Stewart, who Rachel married, divorced and took to the cleaners once he got old. But we bet even good old Rod looks back fondly on those days when he was 40 and Rachel was 20 and he was on top of the world. Because hey Rod, Rachel is so hot, and no one can take that away from you.
9. Christy Turlington
Christy was always the classy one of the bunch. While these other 80s chicks were wearing big hair and appearing in Van Halen videos, Christy was the one in the videos by artsy bands like Duran Duran. She always acted like she really wanted to go out with an artsy guy, and not a guitar player. She still looks hot today, and is now married to actor Ed Burns. I never liked Ed Burns and now that I have found this out, I dislike him even more.
8. Claudia Schiffer
Just like Cheryl Tiegs was more 70s than ’80s, Claudia is more a model of the 90s than the 80s. But also just like Cheryl, she did model in the 80s, and she is way too hot to leave off this list. In fact, I am going to make it my life’s mission to figure out how to put a photo of Claudia in a bikini in every single list I write for TheRichest for the rest of my life. It will make me happy, and if you are a red-blooded American male, it will make you happy, too. So we’ve got that going for us.
7. Stephanie Seymour
Here we go on the 80s model checklist. Big hair, yep she has that one covered. Gorgeous, yeah, she has that, too. Amazing body, yep that one is for sure. Stephanie used to go out with Axl Rose from Guns and Roses. Ummm, okay, that one Stephanie has all to herself. She appeared on the covers of Vogue and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, but she is still best known for being Axl’s girlfriend and the chick in the November Rain video. But that’s okay, we still love her anyway.
6. Jill Goodacre
Okay, so this one is of Jill in some kind of tropical bikini that may have been a window curtain originally. I get that, but use your imagination and just pretend that she is wearing something even better on a beach and don’t worry about it too much. Jill was totally gorgeous, and has been married to Harry Connick Jr. for years now. Harry is a lucky guy as Jill retired years ago to be a wife and mom. The two have been kicking it as man and wife since 1994.
5. Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland was in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition 13 times, and was on the cover of it 3 times. For many dudes growing up in the 80s, she was the hottest woman around, and looking at this, or any of her photos, it is not hard to see why. Kathy truly had an amazing body. Kathy now owns a clothing line that brings in $2 billion a year, which is almost as hot as how she used to look in a swimsuit – almost, but not quite.
4. Elle Macpherson
So, some of you youngsters are probably still trying to act all cool. You are all like “Oh these chicks are okay looking but none of them are all that awesome.” Well then, feast your eyes on Elle Macpherson, who used to be known as “The Body.” Elle has a body that is basically absolutely perfect in every single way possible. Any of you that look at Elle and say that you are not amazed are either blind or lacking a pulse.
3. Tanya Roberts
A lot of you know Tanya Roberts as the hot middle-aged neighbor on That 70’s Show. Others may remember her as one of the many replacements on Charlie’s Angels. Then there are some like me, who only remember her for one thing, and that is looking super- hot, pretty much all the time. Tanya has the 80s look more than most- kind of trampy, a tiny bit trashy, and super hot. Well done, Tanya.
2. Paulina Porizkova
Everyone, and I do mean pretty much everyone, had a crush on Paulina back in the 80s. Whether you were the quarterback of the football team or an artsy nerd, she had the type of vibe that just called your name. She married Ric Ocasek, who was the lead singer of the popular 80s band The Cars, and is also probably one of the ugliest men you could ever imagine seeing. Life can be so unfair sometimes. Paulina still looks amazing today, while Ric looks worse than ever.
1. Cindy Crawford
So who is number one? If you did not guess then you should have. Cindy Crawford wins. She wins everything. Any single list of hot women, from any decade, needs to have Cindy Crawford at the top of it. She was pretty much perfect, and still looks amazing today. Cindy looks amazing in a bikini, in an evening gown, and probably looks pretty amazing when she is eating pretzels on the couch watching TV. She truly is a beautiful woman, and is the face of the ’80s.