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  • 1. Supermodels Who Dont Let Age Get In The WayNot just for schoolgirls, supermodel status and supermodel money may have moreto do with beauty, health and presence than with age. Gracing the covers of topmagazines and shooting ad campaigns for couture designers, former supermodelsare still making high-fashion waves. From Milla Jovovich at 35 to Lauren Huttonat 67, theres no shortage of lucrative work, proving that even in the modelingindustry, age is not necessarily a barrier to success.17 Unstoppable Supermodels(1) Lauren Hutton, 67, was the first true supermodel. She began her career as aPlayboy Bunny at age 20 and went on to become a celebrity cover girl and topfashion model in the 1970s. Her groundbreaking 1974 contract with Revlon wasworth one million dollars, a first in the industry. Fired by Revlon at age 40, shemade a comeback several years later. At 61, she posed nude for the Europeanmagazine Big, and at 63 modeled for an Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen clothingline. Now 67, shes modeling for top designer Alexis Bittar. In between modelingassignments, Lauren launched her own successful cosmetics company and acted inseveral films.(2) Helena Christensen, 42, shows no indication of getting old. Featured on Coverin May, 2011, she began modeling in the late 1980s and rose to supermodel statusby the early 1990s. Helena was a Victorias Secret Angel and represented Revloncosmetics. She starred in the 1991 Chris Isaak music video "Wicked Game," whichwas later voted one of MTVs "Sexiest Videos of All Time." Helena is anaccomplished photographer, has served as Creative Director of Nylon Magazineand, in her spare time, designs clothing.(3) Milla Jovovich, 35, began modeling at age 10 and went on to representLOreal, Christian Dior and Versace. Milla appeared in Revlons "MostUnforgettable Women in the World" ads when she was 13 and signed her first bigcontract the same year. She began acting shortly thereafter, scoring a major role inThe Fifth Element (1997) alongside Bruce Willis. She returns to the screen this fallwith a starring role in The Three Musketeers. Milla is also a musician, producerand fashion designer. She still finds time to model, gracing the September 2010cover of Elle Ukraine.(4) Cindy Crawford, 45, started modeling in the early 1980s when she was just 16and stood out from the pack with her curvy figure. She posed nude for Playboy,
  • 2. and her sexy, well-toned body has continued to turn heads and land modelingcontracts to this day. She made several well-received exercise videos, created acollection of beauty products, launched a line of home furnishings and hostedMTVs House of Style. Appearing in a recent ad campaign for Deichman Shoesand on the May, 2011 covers of Elle China and Vogue Mexico, Cindy looks as hotas ever. With countless cover shots, ad campaigns and runway work to her credit,she remains one of the most successful models in history.(5) Stella Tennant, 40, appears on the Summer, 2011 cover of i-D looking freshand youthful. Her big break came in 1993 when she appeared in a fashion shootcalled "Anglo-Saxon Attitudes." Photographed by Steven Meisel, it showcased ahandful of beautiful, aristocratic English girls. Stella then appeared on the cover ofItalian Vogue and was chosen as the face of Chanel.(6) Linda Evangelista, 46, shot to the top of the heap in 1987 with her first Voguecover. Refreshingly frank, she gained notoriety by commenting that she "does notwake up for less than $10,000 a day." Known for her short bobbed hair and lean,chiseled frame, Linda has been strutting her stuff for 33 years. Recently signed asthe new face of Talbots, she has no intention of retiring.(7) Amber Valletta, 37, is a successful model-turned-actress. After reachinginternational acclaim as a top model, she began her film career in 2000 with DropBack Ten. Amber has since appeared in numerous feature films, including the hitmovie Hitch in 2005. One of the few supermodels to successfully transition intofilms, Amber looks ageless on the Summer, 2011 issue of i-D.(8) Iman, 55, seems immune to the aging process. The Somali-American modellooks essentially the same on the March, 2011 cover of Ladybrille as she did whenher modeling career took off in 1976. One of the early supermodels, Iman was acelebrated star in the modeling world for nearly 20 years. In 1994, she launched aninnovative cosmetic line for women of color that generates 25 million annually.Her Global Chic clothing and accessories line, launched in 2007, is yet anothersuccessful venture.(9) Shalom Harlow, 37, started modeling at 18. Her successful career includescountless magazine covers, runway appearances and fashion shoots. She was a co-host on MTVs House of Style and won the Vogue/VH1 Model of the Year Award.One of Forbes 15 Top-Earning Supermodels in 2007, Shalom is currently one ofseveral models representing Chloe.
  • 3. (10) Claudia Schiffer, 40, came to international attention in the 1990s when shewas the face of Chanel and appeared in a series of sexy ads for Guess? Jeans. Herresemblance to Brigitte Bardot and tall, lean frame landed her more than 500magazine covers and numerous lucrative contracts. Cited in Forbes "Top 15Supermodel Beauties Who Made Bank," Claudias net worth is estimated at nearly$55 million. Appearing on the July 2011 cover of Harpers Bazaar, she looks asfresh and youthful as ever.(11) Kristen McMenamy, 46, hit the big time in 1985 with her unusuallyandrogynous appearance. She gathered acclaim through 1998, modeling for topdesigners like Versace, Chanel and Valentino. In January, Kristen modeled forChanel Couture and, having recently gone gray, shows off her mane on the coverof Italian Vogue. Kristen will represent the new Lanvin campaign and is featuredin the current issue of Dazed and Confused,(12) Eva Herzigova, 38, appears on the cover of the April, 2011 issue of HarpersBazaar UK, clearly demonstrating that even while pregnant,, she still hassupermodel magic. She started modeling at age 16 and, after arriving in Paris,appeared in a Wonderbra campaign that brought her international attention. Thebirth of two children has not diminished her allure. She proves it wearing Dolce &Gabbana with Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer on the September, 2011cover of Spanish Vogue.(13) Christy Turlington, 42, has appeared on covers, runways and in adcampaigns for almost 30 years. On the side, she graduated from NYU and ispursuing a masters degree in public health. Christy is an actress, writer, mom,yoga practitioner, clothing designer and filmmaker. In 2006 she became the face ofMaybelline, in 2009 the face of Yves Saint Laurent, and in 2010 the face of LouisVuitton. Featured on the cover of French Elle last December, she looks lovelierthan ever.(14) Kate Moss, 37, became notorious in the early 1990s as the skinny CalvinKlein waif who popularized the look of "heroin chic." It changed the look ofcontemporary fashion and made Kate a superstar. Due in part to her willingness topose nude, she quickly became as popular as Cindy Crawford. Known for animpeccable sense of style and a knack for making money, Kate appears regularlyon "Best Dressed" lists and is reportedly the highest paid model in the world. Witha net worth of over 50 million, Kate launched a clothing line in 2007 inspired bythe contents of her own closet. Since rocketing to stardom, she has appeared incountless fashion spreads, been the face of Rimmel, and represented Burberry,
  • 4. among others. Shes on the May, 2011 cover of Paris Vogue looking hotter thane v e r.(15) Molly Sims, 38, is a top model who went on to become a TV star, playingDelinda Deline in the NBC drama, Las Vegas, for five seasons. Molly got noticedfor her frequent Sports Illustrated swimsuit appearances between 2000 and 2006.She hosted MTVs House of Style and is one of the faces of Cover Girl. Stillbeautiful, Molly appears on the February, 2011 cover of More.(16) Naomi Campbell, 41, rose to supermodel status in the late 1980s, scoring herfirst Elle cover when she was only 16. Her phenomenal success made her part ofthe supermodel "Trinity," along with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista. In1990, Interview Magazine declared her the "reigning megamodel of them all."Naomi has made an ongoing stand against discrimination in the modeling industryand, after 25 years, is still in demand for work. She appeared on the cover of theEssence Anniversary Issue in 2010, on the cover of Vogue Nippon in June, 2011,and is heralded as the most famous black model of her generation.(17) Carolyn Murphy, 35, looks gorgeous on the Winter, 2010 cover of MUSE.Known as the face of Estee Lauder, Carolyn appeared in ad campaigns for topdesigners like Versace and on the cover of the 2005 Sports Illustrated swimsuitissue. With her classic face and blonde hair, Carolyn has been compared to actressGene Tierney.While age is no barrier to accomplishment, these exceptional women prove that itneed not be a barrier to youthful beauty and vibrant health. Like them or not,supermodels are living proof that age really might be "just a number."