“Enter the Era of Elegance,” read the cover line of Harper’s BAZAAR’s September 1992 issue, and it was models who represented this credo. From ’80s powerhouses like Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford to newcomers like Kate Moss, Alek Wek, and Jenny Shimizu, these diverse beauties superseded the close, esoteric confines, stepping off the runway and onto the global stage. A quote from Evangelista describes their ascendancy best. “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” she famously quipped in 1990. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the top names that made bank, attracted headlines, and fully exemplified ’90s supermodels with a capital S.
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Heralded as the ultimate chameleon, the Canadian supermodel went through the ’90s changing her hairstyle and garnering headlines for doing so. From a black pixie cut to bright red bob to a platinum-blonde coif, Evangelista’s looks season after season captured the attention of myriad designers, who made her the face of campaigns and the center piece of runway shows.
Campbell is the queen of the catwalk. So much that Beyoncé immortalized her signature strut in “Get Me Bodied,” encouraging listeners to “walk across the room like Naomi Campbell.” And though this English beauty received a great amount success, her rise to the top was faced with adversities. She was often the only Black model in runway lineups, campaigns, and editorial shoots—a pervasive mindset that she has fought to overturn throughout her illustrious career.
More than most, Crawford’s renown in the ’90s superseded the industry. She was—and still is—a cultural icon, starring in not just myriad fashion campaigns, but also in Pepsi commercials. Her appearance on the small screen, too, extended to hosting House of Style on MTV. With her distinct beauty mark, her face was plastered on billboards and advertisements. And now, her daughter, Kaia Gerber, is following in her famous footsteps.
Discovered in a nightclub in Düsseldorf, Germany, Schiffer—with her luscious blonde locks, smoky eyes, and…