Top 5 Supermodels of the 1990s

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The 1990s were a decade of big hair and big fashion. Supermodels came and went, with some leaving an unforgettable mark on the industry, elevating themselves to the top of the fashion pile. The top 5 models of the 1990s didn’t need last names. There were very few people who didn’t know who you meant when you mentioned Cindy, Claudia, Linda, Christy and Naomi.

5 Naomi Campbell

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell became well-known in 1990 fashion circles for her distinct runway walk. Her rise to supermodel stardom has made her a pioneer for women of color in modeling, and she’s spoken publicly about the prejudice she’s faced in the modeling industry due to the color of her skin. She never took a break from the celebrity merry-go-round, but did leave the runway at the end of the 90s. She’s more well-known these days for her personal life and her violent temper.

4 Christy Turlington

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Christy Turlington was “Calvin Klein’s” top supermodel from 1987 to 2007. Her distinct facial features and easy-going personality also made her popular with other industry giants, including “Versace” and “Maybelline.” The woman is considered so beautiful that the Metropolitan Museum of Art modeled their mannequins after her. Turlington still models, but has added humanitarian and filmmaker to her resume. In 2011, she launched “Every Mother Counts,” which is an organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths caused by childbirth and pregnancy. Turlington, a mother of two, has proven smart as well as beautiful, serving on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and authoring a book about yoga.

3 Linda Evangelista

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In the age of long, lustrous locks, 1990s supermodel Linda Evangelista stood outside the pack with her closely cropped hair. This Canadian supermodel graced the cover of “Harper’s Bazaar” in 1992 and hasn’t looked back since. She’s famously reported to have said that she, along with supermodels Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, didn’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day. Evangelista still models for magazines and provides a bit of tabloid fodder now and then. In 2011, Evangelista’s name was on everyone’s lips once more, but not for her stunning beauty. It was revealed at this time that her son, who was born in 2006, was fathered by French billionaire François-Henri Pinault. He’s married to Salma Hayek, by the way. She’d previously kept his name secret, but all was revealed soon after she filed court documents for child support.

2 Claudia Schiffer

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Who can forget the blond bombshell that personified “sex kitten” while at the same time exuding girl next door sweetness? Claudia Schiffer was top supermodel and arm candy in the 1990s. Serial dater Claudia is reported to have dated Peter Gabriel, Prince Albert of Monaco and Ritchie Sambora, before settling down and marrying magician David Copperfield. Schiffer still models and is an ambassador for cosmetics giant “L’Oreal.” In 2012, she posed for “Guess” to mark the denim brand’s 30th anniversary. That’s a whopping 23 years after her first “Guess” ad.

1 Cindy Crawford

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Cindy Crawford was probably the superest supermodel of the 1990s. Known for completely changing the American ideal of beauty from blue-eyed blond to intelligent and seductive brunette, Crawford graced the ads for Revlon, Halston and most memorably, Pepsi. She married (and divorced) 90s Adonis, Richard Gere, hosted MTV’s “House of Style” and got into the movie game as well. She officially quit modeling in 2000. Her hubby, Rande Gerber, her children, her beauty and furniture collections keep her busy these days, but you still see her breathtaking image in magazines.

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