Throwback Thursday- Supermodels

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Today is the first installment of Throwback Thursday where I take you back, way back in Fashion Time. For my very first Throwback Thursday, I thought the Supermodels of the 90’s would be a great topic to explore.

In high school, my friends would roll their eyes after I made one too many comments about Linda, Naomi, or Claudia as if I knew them personally. They laughed at me as I bought Elle Top Model while they were drooling over Tevin Campbell in issues of Right On! or Word Up. For a short time I even dreamed of being a Supermodel. During Regents week I dropped by The Ford Agency, where they kindly rejected me - LOL! Throughout the late 80’s and 90’s these women graced the covers of every fashion magazines. Hardly ever did you see actresses or even worse, a pop star. Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer were larger than life and celebrities in their own right. The Supermodels starred in Chris Isaak and George Michael videos. They were bonafide sexy and had curves. You wanted to make the money they made as well as looked like them. The infamous "I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day" quote came from Linda Evangelista in a Vogue article. Actors and rock stars were as smitten with them as the public. Pre -crack a hoe's skull; Naomi Campbell was linked with Robert Deniro, Prince Albert of Monaco and Mike Tyson. Paparazzi stalked Stephanie Seymour and Axel Rose. Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere appeared on the cover of Vogue.

Fast forward to today and Gisele (Pay me in Euros) Bundchen and Estee Lauder spokeperson Carolyn Murphy are at most, the closest you can get to a Supermodel. The Victoria Secret Models are the most recognizable. We are in the Age of Celebrity and month after month, Vogue and Elle covers once exclusive to models are saturated with actresses promoting a movie or fresh out of rehab. Open the pages of Vogue this month and the new crop of models are sort of Stepfordish, blank expressions and interchangeable. The grandiose days of Gianni Versace strutting down the catwalk with Cindy, Naomi and crew are long gone. Fortunately, these women are still working and still in the spotlight, good or bad- Ms. Campbell. In all efforts, the public identifies with Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford far more than the 16 year old doe eyed pale girls from the former Soviet Union. How odd is it to see Linda Evangelista in Fall 2008 Prada ads or to hear Claudia Schiffer is shooting another campaign with Ferragamo. Goes to show what is old is new.

I have a little secret, my favorite models from that era are slightly lesser known. They include Nadege, Yasmeen Ghauri, Gail Elliot, Karen Alexander and the late Katoucha. I’d like to know who where your favorite Supermodels from back in the day. I would love to contrast and compare.