Once upon a time, I was a real woman.
Well, not really. Nevertheless, in my younger years I also was a a big fan of the new kind of stardom that arose in the ’90s, the supermodeling. While in the ’70s and ’80s there were only about 4-5 models that were pretty well known (Iman, Brinkley, Porizkova, Dickinson etc) and they were far from real stars (except maybe Brinkley, and only in USA). It was not until George Michael’s “Freedom” video clip in 1991 that brought light in modeling and made some models real stars.
My favorite model was always Tatjana Patitz (Swedish). She has a certain kind of mystery in her. Second favorite was Yasmeen Ghauri (Canadian now, but half-German and half-Pakistani). Third, the just Christy Turlington (American). Fourth Eugenia Silva (Spanish).
The big-5 of the ’90s were Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista. The rest 15-20 models just trailed in popularity, but these big-5 were really big stars back then, same as singers and actors. Check a nostalgic video with the big-5 here.
Other models among the top-20 included Niki Taylor, Tatjana Patitz, Yasmeen Ghauri, Carmen Kass, Shalom Harlow, Carla Bruni, Helena Christensen, Karen Mulder, Tyra Banks, Amber Valetta, Kate Moss, Nadja Auermann, Stephanie Seymour, Eva Herzigova, Elle Mac Pherson.
A second-tier model celebrities, below the top-20, included Bridget Hall, Estella Warren, Estelle Halliday, Daniela Pestova, Emma Sjoberg, Kristen McMenany, Natalia Vodianova, Rebecca Romijn, Yasmin LeBon, Brandy, Milla Jovovich, Iman and just a few more. You can see all these models at Zothike’s web site, but for some weird reason the black supermodels are not in his list (I emailed him/her about this back in the day, he/she never replied).
In the current decade the “supermodel” thing has just vanished. There are only 3-4 new known models (Gisele, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova etc) while the “America’s Next Top Model” show has failed to bring supermodeling back into its previous stardom status. I guess you can say that the “golden era” of supermodeling was the ’90s. It will be missed.