No supermodel, or “anti-supermodel,” took the ‘90s by storm like Kate Moss. With her boyish, waifish figure and striking features, she was a far cry from the other cover girls of the time. The Croydon beauty was discovered at 14-years-old at JFK Airport by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm model agency and found instant success covering every fashion magazine and booking international campaigns — none more famous than her controversial Calvin Klein underwear ads, which she starred in at just 18.
Naomi Campbell was discovered at age 15 while studying ballet at the the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Her pyramid cheekbones, towering physique, and entrancing almond-shaped eyes were unparalleled. She would go on to walk for every famous international fashion house, as well as lead “The Big Six,” group of supermodels with one very unapologetic attitude.
After doing some modeling in her early teens, Linda Evangelista was scouted at a Miss Teen Niagara contest. She moved to New York in 1984 and had steady modeling work, but it wasn't until she took photographer Peter Lindbergh’s advice and cut her hair into a bob that she became a sensation. She went on to become one of the most famous faces of the ‘90s . Her famous confession that she doesn't "wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” will immortalize her forever.
Stephanie Seymour became just as famous for her wild ways — and high profile relationships (she dated Axl Rose) — as she was for her “perfect body,” as Richard Avedon called it. During her career she posed for many of the major fashion magazines, as well as Sports Illustrated and Playboy. She also appeared in two Guns N' Roses music videos for "Don't Cry" and "November Rain.”
Helena Christensen’s career began when she accidentally won the Miss Copenhagen competition (she thought it was a charity fashion show). She went on to represent her native country in the Miss Universe competition, and eventually started appearing in major fashion magazines, as well as campaigns for Chanel Versace, Prada, and Victoria’s Secret. Her topless appearance in the music video for Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” came to be known as one of the sexiest of all time.
In 1987, 17-year-old Claudia Schiffer’s life changed forever when she met a model scout at a Dusselfdorf disco who convinced her to move to Paris. She found instant success in the City of Lights, and was hand chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to become the face of Chanel. Since then, she’s covered over 500 magazines and continues to star in campaigns for Chanel, YSL, Dolce & Gabbana, and more.
Christy Turlington was discovered at 14 while horseback riding and the rest was history. Speaking of history, she also pursued degrees in comparative religion and Eastern philosophy. In the ‘90s she was part of the supermodel “trinity' (which also included Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista) as one of the most popular cover girls. The Metropolitan Museum of Art declared her the “Face of the 20th Century,” and not without good reason — she’s fronted campaigns for Calvin Klein, Maybelline, Giorgio Armani, and many more.
In high school, Tyra Banks landed a contract with Elite Model Management and appeared in Seventeen magazine within the year. After graduating, she planned on going to college, but bowed out in favor of being sent to Paris. She took the catwalks by storm, booking 25 shows her first season. As her career flourished, she allowed herself to gain weight and was proud of her curvier frame. Since then, she’s launch her own multimedia brand and been outspoken on many controversial issues, from race to body image.
There’s no one in the world quite like Kristen McMenamy — who else can brag that Karl Lagerfeld walked them down the aisle? As an unconventional, androgynous beauty, she wasn’t immediately swept up by agencies. Early on, Eileen Ford told her she’d need plastic surgery to find success. Against the odds, she wound up modeling for the likes of Chanel, Versace, and more, as well as working with some of the most storied fashion photographers of the time such as Richard Avedon, Juergen Teller, and Steven Meisel.
Eva Herzigová’s career began when she won a modeling contest in Prague at 16-years-old. She was known as the Marilyn Monroe of the ‘90s and appeared in Sports Illustrated, as well as high profile campaigns for H&M, Guess, and Agent Provocateur. She is most famous for her Wonderbra “Hello Boys” campaign, which she did in 1994. She went on to play Picasso's wife Olga Khokhlova in the movie Modigliani and starred in an underground film for French director Gaspar Noé.