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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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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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All Natural

 I love how natural these photos are. I love the lighting. You can really see the model as they might look in person with little make up. Natural and beautiful.

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Getting the Perfect Body

There’s no such thing as the perfect body.! Everyone has a different body. That’s why there is different types of models. Once you have figured out what type of model body you are, (plus size, runway, fit, etc..) try to be the best of that genre. For instance, if you are about 5’11 and a size 6 ask yourself these questions: Are you the healthiest you can be? Do you exercise and eat as healthy as possible?

If you answered yes than you might be better to go toward being a fit model. Fit models are toned, in shape with tight bodies. You can find them on magazines such as Shape, advertisements for sports wear, and you can make a fine living.

If you answered no than eat a lot healthier and see if those pounds drop. Do not starve yourself! That is the misconception some people have. They think they have to starve themselves in order to lose weight. That is not the case at all. Eating healthier means a total life style change. You will have more energy, be less depressive, feel great, and most likely live much longer when you eat the right way. Dropping to a size 4-2 will bring you to runway.

If you are 5’11 and your body is larger than the average, you would be good for Plus size modeling. In todays fashion scene there is a lot of opportunity for Plus size models and the possibilities are endless.

If height is the issue for you, that isn’t a problem either. Models who are 5’8 have just as much opportunity as taller models.

If you are shorter than 5’8 the opportunity will be limited however there is still chances. Petite models are usually from 5’4-5’7 and there are agencies that represent the petite model. However if you have a unique look or luck is on your side, as with all the other genres, you can have the same opportunity as the 5’11 model. Models such as Kate Moss, Devon Aoki, Twiggy, are all 5’6 and look at their careers!

So the good news: whatever your body type is, it’s perfect! You will figure out what your natural body type is by closely listening to it. If you were born 5’4 and you have stopped growing most likely you will never be 5’11. That’s ok. How can you be the best 5’4 you can be? Look at your skin, look at your stomach, look at your thighs and lets work on making our bodies the best it can be. If you are 180 pounds and feel great, than that is perfect for you. But if you are 180 pounds and were once 120, maybe the 180 isn’t your natural weight. Did you have more energy when you were 120? Being healthy is the most important thing. Mind and Body. So, lets work on that and you will find the model inside of you.

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