Supermodels are a bunch of beautiful creatures, almost like a separate species from the rest of us mortals. I for one, absolutely adore them and feel so awed when I watch them rock the catwalks and own their respective looks in full power. So if I was to pick 25 of the hottest supermodels, this would be the qualifying list!
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This American model was a raging hit throughout the 90's. She has appeared in more than 300 magazine covers and has been shot by some of the world's most renowned photographers. She also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar and later on for Playboy. Not surprisingly, she was a Victoria's Secret angel too! I especially liked Stephanie's lean yet curvy figure, something which set her apart from her contemporaries. Her jaw structure and sharp features were something else altogether. She later on went ahead and did a bit of acting as well. Her latest modelling assignment involved a shoot for Salvatore Ferragamo for their Fall/Winter '08 season.
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What a gorgeous face! I love Helena, fondly nicknamed the "Danish Angel" by her peers, although she is half Danish and Peruvian ethnicity. After representing Denmark in the Miss Universe pageant in 1986, Helena went ahead and began her modelling career in Paris. As is usual for most supermodels, Helena was also a Victoria's Secret angel, featuring in signature campaigns. Her best feature are her eyes, I love the color and intensity. She has one son, and is now a hands-on mother. Her addiction? Cheese!!! Ha, who would've guessed!
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This American supermodel and a VS angel has a smoking hot figure and epitomizes the "american-girl" look. I like her casual country look which she maintains even though she's worked for the biggest european fashion houses. She's also graced the covers of numerous fashion magazines. Apart from this, she was also featured on my favorite clothing brand Zara's 2007 campaign. Angela currently has been signed on a renewed contract with Jimmy Choo and has also designed a line of eco-friendly clothing, where all proceeds go to charity.
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Iman was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and went to Nairobi University for her education. While at university, she was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently moved to the United States to begin her modelling career. Her first assignment was for Vogue magazine, and Iman hasn't looked back since. Iman has breath-taking features, from her dark exotic skin tone to her fabulous structure. I think her slender lean frame are complete supermodel material. Iman is now married to David Bowie and lives between Manhattan and London.
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Laetitia was raised in a small village of France. At age 15 while she was vacationing with her family in Corsica, she was discovered by an agent working for the Madison Models' Agency. After a few weeks in Paris Laetitia was already walking the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier. With modelling and print campaign contracts swiftly following, Laetitia had truly arrived. Her landmark accomplishments include being featured on the Pirelli calendar, and being the face of Dior, Chanel and Guess. I think she is extremely endearing and her warm expression, remind me of a village belle. However, her versatility stands out with the ease in which she transforms into an haute couture goddess in front of the camera. In 2010, she opened the spectacular Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 show.
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This 6 feet tall Australian model was discovered in Aspen, Colorado. Her plans of studying pre-law took a backseat once Click modelling agency signed her up and she was on her way to fame and glamour. The leggy Elle has a body to die for, with an international face and with having been in the center of the fashion world. She later on went ahead to work in a bunch of movies too, from Alice in Wonderland to playing Batman's object of affection in Batman and Robin. Elle also possesses excellent entrepreneur skills, having launched her own lingerie label amongst many other brands.
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This American beauty made the fashion fraternity sit up and take notice when she entered the scene in the late 1980's. Being widely recognised in the business, Christy is known for her professional yet warm attitude towards everyone. Now that's what I like about divas! After signing up for multi-million dollar contracts with various couture giants and fragrance brands, Christy ruled the roost. Later on she launched her own range of skin care and beauty products, titled "Sundari", meaning beautiful woman in Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language.
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Tyra is an African-American goddess! Born in California, Tyra began modelling in the 11th grade, after which she moved to Paris to try her luck. Designers were so enraptured by her that she was signed on for 25 shows!!! That's quite a feat for a newcomer in my opinion. Tyra was also the first African-American supermodel to grace the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalogue. Tyra has a beautiful face and deep-set eyes, which quite reminds me of an Egyptian goddess. Subsequent to her modelling days, Tyra now runs a very successful show called "America's Next Top Model".
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Yes, she's European as well. The Czech beauty's claim to fame began at age 16 when she won a beauty contest in Prague. She was famously dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe of the 1990's". She appeared for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar, the VS catalogue and also became covergirl for Playboy magazine! Eva has endorsed some of the biggest brands such as Alberta Ferretti, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Dom Perignon and Givenchy amongst many others. Eva's blonde hair and plump lips especially when painted red, completely remind me of the luscious Ms. Monroe, thus justifying her nickname.
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Carolyn was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Having spent her initial years in a trailer park, she was discovered by a local modelling agency in her teens. She then moved to Milan to kick-start her career. Things went into high power when a hair job gone wrong caused her to cut her hair super short, thus turning her into a trend-setter. She then posed as covergirl for major magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Her other ad campaigns included Dolce & Gabbana, Anne Klein, Tiffany & Co. etc.
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I love her name. I love her face. I love everything about her! Cindy Crawford, with that beauty spot on her face and super cool attitude created quite a flutter when she arrived. During the 80's and 90's, Cindy was one of the supermodels who was splashed all over the place, from runways to magazine covers and ad campaigns. The most entrancing quality about her? She is a beauty with brains. Yes, modelling by day and studying chemical engineering (heavy stuff) on scholarship is what Cindy did. Legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld has been quoted "She is a classic beauty and the all-American dream girl". I don't disagree at all!
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This German supermodel was discovered at age 17 at a disco! After moving to Milan and a few assignments later, she joined the ranks of the world's supermodels when Karl Lagerfeld appointed her as the face of Chanel. Her tall figure, blond hair and blue eyes immediately got her international recognition. Claudia has done her fair share of ad campaigns, magazines and of course, countless walks on the runway. Perhaps at the cost of coming off as a snob, Claudia once said "Supermodels, like we once were, don't exist any more". Ouch.
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Linda is Canadian, of Italian origin. Raised in a traditional catholic family, Linda decided she wanted to model ever since she was 12. A few years later after being discovered by an agent, she moved to New York to sign up with Elite Model Agency and then moved to Paris. Along with Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, Linda is regarded one of the true, few supermodels who changed the face of fashion in the late 80's and early 90's. She was also known for her dramatic hairstyle changes, which turned out to be big trends. Her famous yet controversial quote is "We supermodels don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day". Arrogant? Maybe. True? Oh yes.
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Heidi is a German American supermodel, entrepreneur, television host and producer. After being discovered in Cologne and winning a nationwide modelling contest, Heidi quickly rose in her career. Her milestones were being appointed as a Victoria's Secret angel, and posing for numerous other ad campaigns, and walking the runway. After 13 years Heidi decided to hang up her wings and quit Victoria's Secret. After her success, Heidi then became a television hostess, producer and judge in the popular show "Project Runway" in which fashion designers compete for the winning spot. Heidi is married to British musician Seal and has 3 children with him, and 1 child from her relationship with Flavio Briatore.
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This hazel eyed beauty was born in Springdale, Arkansas. She began modelling at the age of 10! After moving with her mother to New York, Bridget began modelling full time and at age 18 she was ranked in Forbes Magazine as one of the top earning models, alongside the likes of Christy Turlington. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar. A slew of ad campaigns with major brands also followed. I love Bridget's straw blonde hair and soft features. Makes her look like a summer nymph.
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Amber is an American supermodel and an actress. She was born in Arizona. Her mother enrolled her in fashion school at age 15 and that's how she got her big break in fashion. She's done various ad campaigns, for labels like Versace, Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton. She has also acted in various movies down the years. Amber also serves as a spokesperson for Oceana's Seafood Contamination Campaign, where she brings awareness of the dangers of mercury poisoning in various kinds of seafood. Whoever said that beauty cannot be used for a cause!?
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British born Naomi has conquered the fashion industry and achieved iconic status around the world with her incomparable physique and electrifying presence. She set runways and magazine covers ablaze ever since she stepped into the scene 15 years ago. Her sophisticated, sultry style and no-nonsense attitude have together made her an international celebrity. She is also notorious for her extremely ugly temper and diva-like demands. From a flood of legal suits to international fame, Naomi has been there and done that. Her list of romances include musicians from rock bands and Russian billionaires. Wow, that's just heady!
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Kate is one of the world's most renowned supermodels. She is British, and was discovered at age 14 by an agent at Storm Model Agency. She is particularly known for her waif-like figure, uncommon short height for a supermodel and countless ad campaigns. From strutting her stuff for brilliant designers such as Missoni, Rimmel and Dior, Kate was the camera's darling and the runway favorite. Of course, the paparazzi nicknamed her a wildchild, owing to her high-drama romances, crazy partying lifestyle and subsequent cocaine addiction. Her "cocaine honeymoon" was a big disaster which saw her spiral downwards. But Kate made a comeback. She cleaned up her act. And was back in front of the camera. I thought she was divine in the YSL Parisienne perfume ad. Oh well, she still rocks and HOW.
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She is Estonian. After being discovered at age 14 at a local supermarket in her native, Carmen got an offer to fly to Italy and begin her modelling career. Rejecting an offer to contest in a beauty pageant, Carmen took up the lucrative and glamorous modelling offer. She moved to Paris at 18 and that's when she became an instant hit, rocking the covers of countless fashion bibles and other glossies. Carmen has extremely sharp features, like a feline. I like how she has this attitude about her, very essential for a supermodel.
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She put "India" on the supermodel dictionary. The Indian origin beauty belongs to a military background, with her father being an army officer. After a brief modelling stint in India, she struck gold when she walked for Jean Paul Gaultier in 2006. This was swiftly followed by a Hermès campaign, and other stints for Chanel, Givenchy, MaxMara and many others. Lakshmi has this amazing androgynous look, which is so international and versatile.She's dusky, flawless and blessed with an amazing leggy body. Many say she she is also the "face of the future". I totally agree!
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Alessandra is of Italian and Polish descent, but was born in Brazil. She began modelling at age 12. She moved to New York much later where she began her modelling career in full swing. From being a Victoria's Secret angel to modelling for brands like Dior, Kenzo, Gucci, Escada, she also endorsed many ad campaigns and also appeared on the Pirelli calendar. She is also the spokesperson for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, a cause she feels strongly for. A little known fact, Alessandra was very conscious of her "large" ears and had surgery done at age 12! Oh my.
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She is the highest paid supermodel in the world. The Brazilian beauty Gisele stands tall at 6" and has such great presence you can't help but notice her. She took modelling to another level when she made her entry. From being a VS angel to numerous other campaigns, Gisele has done it all. Her luscious mane, leggy body make her the complete supermodel package. Gisele is now married to Tom Brady and is already a mother too!
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What is it with these Brazilian women? Why are they SO gorgeous? Something which I don't quite understand, but I'm not complaining! Cat-walking her way to success when she moved to Milan at age 14, Isabeli got her big break when she was signed up by lingerie giant Victoria's Secret as one of their angels two years later. A born ramp-scorcher, she received widespread recognition. She later on also endorsed luxe brands like Valentino & Versace. Isabeli's most outstanding feature has to be her delicate face, as opposed to her statuesque frame. She also makes a 'Yummy Mummy', given that she is a mother of two!
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I call her the "Russian Cinderella" because her life story reminds me so much of the fairy tale. Having achieved considerable success as a runway model, Natalia has walked in more than 175 shows and has appeared in various advertising campaigns for the biggest ready to wear and couture powerhouses. Her exquisite features along with a sizzling avatar on print and on the ramp make Natalia one of the best models in the fashion industry today. I also think its very cool that she prefers to give back to society by means of philanthropy.
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I just LOVED her on the cover of the latest GQ. This 24 year old Russian bombshell has rocked the fashion industry ever since she arrived. With a vast legion of admirers, Irina harbors all the traits a super sexy model needs. I think her biggest asset are her eyes, she has such a smoldering gaze and her figure is worth a million. Irina is one of those models who looks hot without looking anorexic, which for me is quite awesome. Another reason why she's in the news? She's been dating the Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. With a girlfriend like Irina, I'm sure this lothario has met his match!
And with that, we come to an end of my edition of the 25 Hottest Supermodels. Most of these women come from humble beginnings, beginnings which inspired them to be the women they are today. Whatever might have been their inspiration, they strived and worked towards it, thus achieving their dreams. I also noticed how some of them were still insecure about their appearance, no matter how perfect we might think they are. Each one of these gorgeous ladies owns the title bestowed upon them. I for one, am all admiration and praise!
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