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Supermodel evolution

  • The 60’s

Records show that these first female “supermodels” ranged in looks and heights from 5’5 Twiggy ~ 6’3 Verushka

 Verushka’s height is 6’3

 Twiggy stands at 5’5

 First Japanese “supermodel” Hiroko Matsumoto. Height unknown.

 Naomi Sims regarded as the first black supermodel.

In February 1968, an article in Glamour described 19 models as “supermodels,” of whom were: Cheryl Tiegs, Verushka, Lisa Palmer, Peggy Moffitt, Susan Murray, Twiggy, Susan Harnett, Marisa Berenson, Gretchen Harris, Heide Wiedeck, Irish Bianchi, Hiroko Matsumoto, Anne DeZagher, Kathie Carpenter, Jean Shrimpton, Jean Patchett, Benedetta Barzini, Claudia Duxbury, and Agneta Frieberg.

Naomi Sims, who is sometimes regarded as the first black supermodel, became the first African American to feature on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in 1968

  • The 70’s

In 1970, the model wore a very conservative long sleeve top

Sports Illustrated editor Jule Campbell abandoned then-current modeling trends for its fledgling Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by photographing “bigger and healthier” California models[48] and printing their names by their photos, thus turning many of them into household names.

At the end of the 70's the focus is definitely more on the model and her body, but her suit still isn't super revealing

The first African American model to be on the cover of American Vogue was Beverly Johnson in 1974.

  • The 80’s


 Brook Sheilds

During the early 1980s, fashion designers began advertising on television and billboards. Catwalk regulars like Gia Carangi,[57] Cheryl Tiegs,[57] Carol Alt, Christie Brinkley,[15][58] Kim Alexis,[57] Paulina Porizkova, Brooke Shields, Heather Locklear, and Elle Macpherson began to endorse products with their names, as well as their faces, through the marketing of brands such as the beverage Diet Pepsi to the extension of car title Ford Trucks.

  • The 90’s

This is when Supermodels began to make Millions of dollars instead of thousands.

1990 began with a January British Vogue cover presenting five of the top modeling stars of the era hand-picked and photographed by Peter Lindbergh. The five models were Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.[62] In 1990, their status as top models ended and a new era for the “supermodel” began.

These new Supermodels did talk shows, were cited in gossip columns, partied at the trendiest nightspots,[59] landed movie roles, inspired franchises, dated or married film stars, and earned themselves millions.[15] Fame empowered them to take charge of their careers, to market themselves, and to command higher fees.

As the 1990s progressed, the supermodels were joined by Claudia Schiffer and then Kate Moss. They were the most heavily in demand, collectively dominating magazine covers, fashion runways, editorial pages, and both print and broadcast advertising.

 Kate Moss credited with beginning the “heroin chic” look.

  • Late 90’s

Emerging in the late 1990s, Gisele Bündchen became the first in a wave of Brazilian models to gain popularity in the industry and with the public. With numerous covers of Vogue under her belt, including an issue that dubbed her the “Return of the Sexy Model,”.

 Tyra Banks

  • 2000

 Jessica Stam

 Chanel Iman

American Vogue dubbed ten models (Doutzen Kroes, Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Raquel Zimmermann, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Chanel Iman, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, and Jessica Stam) as the new crop of supermodels in their May 2007 cover story. They get critisized for looking anorexic.

Again I think they got it right in the beginning. In the 1960’s they had all types of female models from 5’5 – 6’3. They had very skinny Twiggy to larger sized women as supermodels. They all had a different look and I think that’s better than just seeing the same type of models. I think fashion needs to go back to the basics.


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Male model evolution

  •   THE 80’S

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Jeff Aquilon one of the few to pioneer the term “Male Super Model” emerging in the early 1980s. He stands at 6’2. Little is known about him because back in those days male models were paid very little and no one documented much of anything because there was not much internet use.


 BRUCE HULSE He worked during the industry’s most glamorous and edgy era–the 80s and 90’s. He stands at 6’2

  • THE LATE 80’S ~ EARLY 90’S


Marcus Schenkenberg was discovered in 1989. He stands at 6’4.  Best known for his Calvin Klein ad.


Rick Dietz became famous by building Chippendales into a house hold brand. He changed his look and desire to be “model like.” In 1995 Herb Ritts shot the world wide campaign for Valentino and labled Dietz a “male supermodel.”  He stands at 6’3.

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Djimon Hounsou stands at 6’3, originated from Africa. He went to Paris and was homless until discoved by a fashion photographer in the 90’s. He has since graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model, been in numerous music videos and in several films.

  • THE MID 90’S


Mark Vanderloo  standing at 6’2 landed, by being in the right place at the right time, a national commercial for Holland’s dairy board in the early 1990’s. In 1994 he became Calvin Klein’s Obsession model. He then began the assault heading to Milan where he would end up being connected to what is now known as the Fab 4, who included good friend Alex Lundqvist.


Alex Lundqvist modeling career began in the summer of 1994. He stands at 6’0

  • EARLY 2000


 Lars Burmeister height 6’1, presence and strong looks were felt instantly by fashion observers and especially to photographer Craig McDean, who recruited him in 2004 as the spokes model for Hugo Boss.


 Robert Konjic stands at 6’1. He’s been hot since 2009.

  • 2012

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Clement Chabernaud height 6’0 was ranked #3 most sucessful model in 2012.

Mathias Lauridsen Mathias Lauridsen

Mathias Lauridsen was discovered in 2003. Stands at 6’1 and was recently named #1 most sucessful male model on but then was beaten by Sean O’Pry.


 Sean O’Pry  height 6’1. In June 2009, he was named the world’s most successful male model of 2009 by Forbes publications. He is currently the most successful male model in the world on

For me, I think they got it right in the 80’s.  Jeff Aquilon and Bruce Hulse are my favorite looking guys. There body’s are perfect! They look like naturally active, fit men. I’m also a fan of the 90’s models Djimon Hounsou and Mark Vanderloo. Sexy!!!  Why have the male models body type and facial features gotten more feminine in the past 30 years? I can’t wait when the 80’s & 90’s look comes back IN! As if, anywhere but in fashion, it was ever out.



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Tyra Banks too fat

Since this title is the #1 searched for today I thought I would blog about it. Yahoo put out an article comparing Tyra Banks picture with the newer Victoria’s secret model Chanel Iman. Almost all comments said they thought Chanel looked bad and Tyra good.

Tyra said “The truth is that if I was just starting to model at age 17 in 2012, I could not have had the career that I did. I would’ve been considered too heavy,” Banks writes. “In my time, the average model’s size was a four or six. Today you are expected to be a size zero. When I started out, I didn’t know such a size even existed.”

Tyra has agreed with Vogue for banning thin models who “appear to have an eating disorder” from all 19 of its editions worldwide. While Gisele Bundchen told Brazilian newspaper Globo in 2007 “I never suffered this problem because I had a very strong family base,” . “The parents are responsible, not fashion.”

Is it fair to compare these two women? Shouldn’t they both be allowed to model? Does Chanel look anorexic or healthy but thin? I think they both look great!



Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Beauty, The Perfect Body


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Kate Moss and Twiggy types need not apply.

Short girls need not apply. This statement would have everyone in an uproar if it was racially or ethnically  pointed. This statement is made and heard everyday at modeling agencies. “Are you 5’8 or taller?” If your answer is “No” they will usually immediately turn you away without a glance at your portfolio. Not because of your look but solely on your height.
Twiggy Lawson 5’5 or 5’6”-She was one of the World’s First Supermodel (1966-1970)

5’7 ½”-Appeared in Glamour, Marie Claire, and Nylon. Also appeared in  advertising for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Levi Jeans. She is  also a well-known Victoria’s Secret Model
Whos the tallest here? I can’t tell their heights… but I know Kate Moss is 5’6 and a size 0 standing in the middle there.
Known as  the world’s shortest supermodel, 5’5″ Devon Aoki was the face of Versace by age 16 and on the cover of mainstream top magazines all around the world.
Short girls are discriminated against in this Industry worse than Plus size. There are only a couple who work a lot and consistently. It’s very rare and I couldn’t name and don’t know of any model below the height of 5’4 who has received a job from a mainstream company. Perhaps there are none… wow none… I think that should get attention. Should a couple of inches matter? I’ve never seen a picture or even seen someone in person who was attractive and thought “Oh they are a couple inches short that’s just awful.” I can’t tell with the pictures of the models above if they were 6′ or 5 foot. Why should it matter?
A web magazine I found were you can support the fight for equal high fashion rights for the petit model:

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Plus Size models and advertisements

H&M swim ad with Plus size model.

Levi‘s ‘All Shapes And Sizes’ campaign with plus-sized models Sabina Carlson, Marquita Pring, McKenzie, and Ashley Graham — whose sizes range from US 12 to US 16 and hips range from 44” to 47”

Jean-Paul Gaultier Plus Size model on the runway.

evans plus-size ad campaign  British plus-size fashion brand Evans,  rounded up a who’s who of the most notable plus-size models in the industry for a classy, Vogueinspired campaign in 2010.

 The “Size Issue” of V magazine features stunning plus-size models — like Crystal Renn — in sexy boysuits and barely-there outfits.

 Again plus size model Crystal Renn in this controversial shoot in French Vogue, in which she’s dipping her hands into spaghetti and wielding a carving knife over a slab of meat that just happens to be placed at her crotch.


Main stream companies are embracing Plus Size models. A big change from a few years ago, the industry looks like they are starting to prefer sizes U.S 6-12 in advertisements and department store catalogs.


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Brooklyn Decker & Kate Upton

What makes supermodels these days? It seems landing the cover of Sports Illustrated and getting on a good TV commercial or movie is todays straight road to Supermodel stardom.

 Kate Upton for Carls JR. Kate Upton for Sports Illustrated.

 Brooklyn Decker soon to be seen in the movie “Battleship”.

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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Beauty, Life Style


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Vogue magazine bans thin and young models

I agree with regulating young models because society should not sexualize young girls. However, I totally disagree with them banning thin models in the industry. Everyone wants to say what weight is healthy, yet the truth is no one really knows if being a size 0 or being a size 4 or being a size 8, which is healthy? We are still finding out what’s the healthiest way to eat. Meat? No meat? A lot of tests have concluded that if you eat just 1 piece of meat a week your risk of prematurely dying increases.

I am VERY healthy. I never get sick, catch a cold or have ever had any problem physically. My father on the other hand suffers from many health related issues and always has. His BMI would be considered “healthy” and mine “too low”. I eat almost Vegetarian except I love fish. And I eat A LOT of Veggies throughout the day (fresh organic juices) and exercise regularly but not overly. About 3 times a week.

I have alway been told I look anorexic. Since I was a kid. I have been teased for it and yet I have always eaten and physically been stronger and healthier than any of my friends who would be considered “healthy” because the truth is if you don’t eat right and exercise no matter your size or weight you are NOT HEALTHY. I think the problem is people and even Vogue are not educated on health.

A lot of muscles doesn’t mean your healthy. Look at the people who live the longest, the Japanese, the Tibetans, not muscular. Being bigger rather than smaller doesn’t mean you are healthy. Being thin doesn’t mean you are healthy but neither does being “Normal”.

When the industry makes bans such as this, although they will try to select girls they think are Ok and just not hire ones they think have an eating disorder, this will greatly put prejudice on thin girls even if they are healthy. More naturally thin girls will try to over eat making them actually sick. I tried this when I was a teen because I was constantly told I was too thin. I ate triple the amount of food my friends did and it only made me feel sick, lethargic, foggy and I finally decided that type of behavior was harming myself. Over eating is just as harmful as eating too little.

I have been a model for many years and ever since the start of the industry declaring larger sized women are healthy and blaming thin models as bad “role models” I have felt a decrease in work and a prejudice toward any girl who is a size 0. Why cant the world except every woman for who they are? Why does the world always try to say one way is better than the other when they don’t even really know. All women from size 0 to a size 20, from 4′  to 6’5 should all be excepted and not be put down and pushed out of sight!!

Let’s face it, models get paid a lot of money to be exceptional just as any sports athlete is expected to be exceptional. If you want to be a professional athlete it usually comes down to genetics and how hard you worked on your talents. And just because a couple of athletes are caught with steroids doesn’t mean you should ban all talented athletes from the game. The same should be for models. If people find that thin models are bad role models for young girls to see, people should educate those young girls on health. This world has all types of people. Banning one kind, out of people’s sight, for whatever reason, size, shape, height, skin color, religion, is not the way to solve any problem.


Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Beauty, Health


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