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100 of the Greatest Supermodels of the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s

Updated on March 8, 2018

Getting into the modeling industry is by no means an easy task. Over the years a number of beautiful young women have tried their luck at modeling. However, only few have succeeded at becoming successful models. The oomph factor and personality of supermodels determines their contracts, endorsements, campaigns and recognition associated with their modeling careers. Hectic schedules form an integral part of a supermodel’s life. The number of fashion assignments established female models undertake all year long is astonishing. Fashion models have to get accustomed to working with individuals with varied temperaments in the fashion industry.

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Modeling Agencies and Supermodels

The number of modeling agencies since the 80s has been significant. Some of the most popular supermodels have emerged through the ranks of modeling agencies doing a varied body of work for fashion houses, fashion designers and brands. Models groomed by leading modeling agencies at a young age have gone onto to become highly successful supermodels in their modeling careers. Some of the popular modeling agencies responsible for spotting and nurturing talent are mentioned below.

  • Elite Model Management
  • Storm Management
  • One Management
  • DNA Models
  • Next Model Management
  • Ford Models
  • Women Management
  • Model Management
  • IMG Models
  • Marilyn Agency

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Supermodels in the 80s and 90s

The 80s was a decade that gave new meaning to glitz and glamour in the fashion world. A number of independent designers emerged from different parts of the world bringing an aesthetic sense to global fashion. The 80s is also remembered as the decade that paved the way for supermodels. The supermodel trend got big in the 80s and garnered a lot more attention in years to follow. While the modeling industry has evolved significantly since the 80s, what remains true is the passion and dedication among supermodels. With so many beautiful women walking the ramp for designers, it takes something special to emerge a supermodel.

Supermodels in the 90s gave sensuality a brand new meaning to fashion bringing a whole new degree of oomph and sophistication. While the lifestyle of supermodels has often been taken to the whipping post revealing the dark side of their success, what’s not often glorified is the effort and struggle it has taken models to reach the top. It takes a lot of discipline and dedication to remain committed professionally towards modeling assignments. Striking a balance with personal life and professional life is never easy for supermodels.

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Over the years a number of supermodels have been exemplary with their personal lives and professional commitments and have become role models for young girls aspiring to become fashion models. Supermodels are often required to travel to different parts of the world for fashion shows and photo shoots. Without high energy levels it is not possible to reach the rank of a supermodel. Since the 90s a number of supermodels with distinctive features have emerged from far corners of the globe. A large number of runaway models in the 90s went onto achieve tremendous success as supermodels. Few models have achieved tremendous success doing photo shoots for fashion magazines, appearing in music videos, and doing ad campaigns for leading brands. A number of models have achieved a great deal of fame being on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Vogue. Models featured in Sports Illustrated and Vogue issues have earned iconic status among fans in the fashion world.

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Supermodels in the 2000s and 2010s

Fashion models of the 2000s took their craft to a whole new level with their mesmerizing catwalk on the ramp. Striking a pose while maintaining poise is what sets apart a supermodel from the rest. Since the 2010s a new crop of young models has given newfound meaning to the word ‘supermodel’. Models have created a roar on internet-based photo sharing services, Instagram in particular. The current crop of top models has a huge following on social media networks. The new league of supermodels referred to as Instagirls has not gone down too well with supermodels of the past; however, it’s the need and demand of the present generation that has propelled a new generic term associated with beauty and fashion.

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Walking the ramp for designers and doing photo shoots and ad campaigns throughout the year is tiring. However, for supermodels there is no such thing as a long break. Top models have to keep fit with a healthy diet and their exercise routine at the gym. Supermodels may opt for different types of workouts depending on need and requirement, and advice of dieticians, nutritionists or personal trainers. Supermodels have to bring along the right attitude to connect with fashion houses, fashion designers, fashion photographers, and brands. While a drop-dead gorgeous face and figure goes a long way in the modeling world, it’s the attitude that determines varied assignments a supermodel gets. In the fashion world attitude is everything…the right attitude.

The lines below showcase a diverse list of supermodels of the 80s 90s, 2000s and 2010s

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100 Greatest Supermodels of the 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s

  1. Linda Evangelista
  2. Adriana Lima
  3. Laetitia Casta
  4. Gisele Bundchen
  5. Claudia Schiffer
  6. Naomi Campbell
  7. Kate Moss
  8. Cindy Crawford
  9. Heidi Klum
  10. Stephanie Seymour
  11. Karen Mulder
  12. Elle Macpherson
  13. Gia Carangi
  14. Milla Jovovich
  15. Tatjana Patitz
  16. Christie Brinkley
  17. Karolina Kurkova
  18. Miranda Kerr
  19. Candice Swanepoel
  20. Allessandra Ambrosio
  21. Iman
  22. Hilary Rhoda
  23. Bar Refaeli
  24. Emily Ratajkowski
  25. Abbey Lee Kershaw
  26. Marisa Miller
  27. Karlie Kloss
  28. Gigi Hadid
  29. Tyra Banks
  30. Doutzen Kross
  31. Kristen McMenamy
  32. Yasmeen Ghauri
  33. Natasha Poly
  34. Natalia Vodianova
  35. Christy Turlington
  36. Liya Kebede
  37. Niki Taylor
  38. Chanel Iman
  39. Jourdan Dunn
  40. Isabeli Fontana
  41. Hailey Baldwin
  42. Coco Rocha
  43. Joan Smalls
  44. Kelly Emberg
  45. Yasmin Le Bon
  46. Anja Rubik
  47. Caroline Trentini
  48. Selita Eubanks
  49. Lindsey Wixon
  50. Agyness Deyn
  51. Eva Herzigova
  52. Kate Upton
  53. Ann Beatriz Barros
  54. Tatiana Sorokko
  55. Sasha Pivovarova
  56. Carol Alt
  57. Kendall Jenner
  58. Behati Prinsloo
  59. Raquel Zimmerman
  60. Molly Sims
  61. Lara Stone
  62. Kathy Ireland
  63. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  64. Bella Hadid
  65. Alek Wek
  66. Crystal Renn
  67. Daria Werbowy
  68. Jessica Stam
  69. Nadja Auermann
  70. Freja Beha Erichsen
  71. Bridget Hall
  72. Liu Wen
  73. Helena Christensen
  74. Shalom Harlow
  75. Karen Elson
  76. Angela Lindvall
  77. Irina Shayk
  78. Lily Donaldson
  79. Gemma Ward
  80. Selita Ebanks
  81. Cara Delevingne
  82. Kim Alexis
  83. Brooklyn Decker
  84. Janice Dickenson
  85. Carla Bruni
  86. Rebecca Romijn
  87. Anna Selezneva
  88. Jessica Hart
  89. Ines de La Fressange
  90. Adriana Sklenarikova
  91. Paulina Porizkova
  92. Catherine McNeil
  93. Mariacarla Boscono
  94. Amber Valletta
  95. Cindy Bruna
  96. Kasia Struss
  97. Iris Strubegger
  98. Josie Maran
  99. Kelly Brook
  100. Irina Lazareanu

Other Notable Supermodels of the 80s 90s 2000s and 2010s

  • Vlada Roslyakova
  • Jill Goodacre
  • Maryna Linchuk
  • Barbara Palvin
  • Fei Fei Sun
  • Veronica Webb
  • Tricia Helfer
  • Nadege du Bospertus
  • Taylor Hill
  • Olga Kurylenko
  • Carmen Cass
  • Lily Aldridge
  • Erin Wasson
  • Abbey Lee Kershaw
  • Patricia Velasquez
  • Magdalena Frackowiak
  • Patti Hansen
  • Kim Noorda
  • Megan Gale
  • Estella Warren
  • Petra Nemcova
  • Anouck Lepere
  • Sophie Dahl
  • Joanna Krupa
  • Cindy Taylor
  • Frederique van der Wal
  • Emina Cunmulaj
  • Jennifer Hawkins
  • Audrey Quock
  • Renne Simonsen
  • Yasmin Warsame
  • Lias Ribeiro
  • Beverley Peele
  • Estelle Lefebure
  • Anna Marie Cseh
  • Jasmine Tookes
  • Ujjwala Raut
  • Josephine Skriver
  • Erin O’Connor
  • Dewi Driegen
  • Kelly Gale
  • Ruslana Korshunova
  • Liliane Ferrarezi
  • Caroline Winberg
  • Fernanda Tavares
  • Bhumika Arora
  • Nataliya Gotsiy
  • Aurelie Claudel
  • Karmen Pedaru
  • Eve Salvail
  • Anneliese Seubert

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      Kenneth Avery 

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      Thank you so much Kenneth.

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