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supermodels have a certain aura... a glow that makes them stand out from the rest

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Karolina IMO is more commercial then high fashioned. It be a little difficult for her to do high fashion because of her looks. She looks more *hot* and *gorgeous* then beautiful (what I for in a supermodel is beauty not hotness persay.) But she does have the potential to become one of the greats.

As for Giselle, IMM, she is already a supermodel, but that's just me. She had done of alot of things and has even extended her career unto acting (Taxi). She's what I would call...versatile. She reminds me of Kate for some reason.

Most models don't have what it takes to become one of the greats, but I do see many that have the potential to go far in their careers. Few just get there.

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Well, as immortalized in song by RuPaul, his list of supermodels are as follows:

linda=work mama ! naomi=she is fierce ! christy=foxy lady out of sight
cindy=i can feel it ! claudia=sell the garment ! nikki=work the runway, sweetie
^ Yes that is right.
For the current times I would add Gisele and perhaps Moss.

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if anyone considers Niki Taylor a supermodel, i'd like to know why. she hasn't had much of a high fashion career at all, right? (*i could be totally wrong*)

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Karolina IMO is more commercial then high fashioned. It be a little difficult for her to do high fashion because of her looks.
when Karolina first came on the scene in 2000, for about 3 years all she did was high fashion stuff. and she did it all. edits and covers for every magazine going, walked down absolutely every runway, and was in campaigns for Chanel, YSL, Louis Vuitton, Celine, etc etc etc etc.

so, perhaps you only know her from Victoria's Secret and that's why you have that opinion, but it's certainly not the case.

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so, perhaps you only know her from Victoria's Secret and that's why you have that opinion, but it's certainly not the case.
don't you think that says a lot?

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Wow. This thread is incredibly clogged with nonsense. I had no idea that supermodels could still cause so much controversy.

I think that it's pretty much impossible to define a supermodel. Supermodel is a term that the public projected onto beautiful, glamorous, fantastic women who defined an era. Differing opinions on who or what is beautiful makes it difficult to draw a box around a couple of adjectives and say, "THAT is a supermodel."

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don't you think that says a lot?
not really. the only thing it says is that neither you nor that particular poster were fashion-aware around that time. otherwise, you'd surely know KK from before Victoria's Secret.

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I think its silly when people use the word supermodel to refer to any model. Magazines don't like to publish "top model, Petra Nemcova," it looks more important if they say "supermodel Petra Nemcova." They use the term very loosely.

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when Karolina first came on the scene in 2000, for about 3 years all she did was high fashion stuff. and she did it all. edits and covers for every magazine going, walked down absolutely every runway, and was in campaigns for Chanel, YSL, Louis Vuitton, Celine, etc etc etc etc.

so, perhaps you only know her from Victoria's Secret and that's why you have that opinion, but it's certainly not the case.
True, but when she started doing more commercial stuff such as VS, she became more famous/well-known as a model. I could be wrong, but I didn't notice her until I saw her on the cover of a Victoria Secret's magazine. Either way, she's still a great model.

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Sorry but i think that only being a supermodel can't bring celebrity... Only naomi and claudia are KNOWN as model... KK is not that famous... i mean the common people doesn't know who is KK, Tyra Banks ( except for the US ), maybe a lil bit Gisele Bunchen when she went out with Dicaprio...... I think that the VERY WELL KNOW models are Claudia naomi and kate moss.

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i don't think there are set guidelines for a supermodel. eventually, eveyrone just recognizes a certain person as a Supermodel naturally, just because all of their general accomplishments. For example, i regard tyra banks as a supermodel. Same as Giselle, but not after they did a certain show or fashion house. They just kind of grew in fame, and eventually people began calling them "super models" more and more, and voila.

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What Makes a Supermodel?
I found this and thought it was pretty interesting, I thought some of you may like to read it too.

What is a supermodel and how to you become a supermodel?



A supermodel is a highly paid fashion model in an elite group with a worldwide reputation. According to Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women by Michael Gross, the first known use of the term was in the 1940s in a how-to book for models by an agent named Clyde Matthew Dessner. In an article in Glamour magazine in 1968, the author described Twiggy, Cheryl Tiegs, Verushka, Jean Shrimpton and fifteen other top models as "Supermodels" (Click link to right to see article)[1] The term "Supermodel" gained currency by analogy with Andy Warhol's "superstars" of the 1960s, and, like "superstardom", it has been conflated to include almost anyone who finds steady access to work, with top designers, fashion magazines and commercial clients; uncommon in the highly volatile fashion industry. In the early 60s the term "top models" was used by magazines/fashion critics to define famous and highly paid models, long before the term "supermodel" became popular. Today, these two terms are used to define two different groups. "Supermodels" according to Tyra Banks are famous highly paid models, and "top models" are noted fashion models.

Many claim that Janice Dickinson has the right to the title of first supermodel since she is credited with the coining the term in 1979. However, as shown by the 1940s book by Dessner, she did not coin the phrase, but gained wide notoriety by publicly proclaiming herself as "The World's First Supermodel". She has done extensive work including 37 covers of Vogue. Still others claim Lisa Fonssagrives, wife of two photographers, first of Fernand Fonssagrives and then Irving Penn, to be the world's first supermodel; none have surpassed her over 200 covers of Vogue alone. She was in every fashion magazine during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s from Town and Country, Life, Vogue, and the original Vanity Fair to the cover of Time. Jean Shrimpton, Colleen Corby, Twiggy as well as Veruschka (all from the mid-Sixties) also have claim to the title of Supermodel.

Supermodels are, almost by definition, sex symbols. Supermodels of today are globally famous, and often parlay their celebrity into product endorsement deals and acting careers. Examples include Twiggy, Milla Jovovich, Elle Macpherson, Tyra Banks, Rebecca Romijn, Rene Russo, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Tricia Helfer.

History

While the term gained popularity in the 1980s, a number of models had become famous in their own right as far back as the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Lauren Hutton, Lisa Fonssagrives, Dorian Leigh, Cathee Dahmen, Suzy Parker, Mary Jane Russell, Susanne Erichsen, Inga Lindgren, and Jean Patchett are considered the world's first supermodels according to Vogue Magazine. These models were highly paid, from up to $40 an hour. Dorian Leigh earned an annual salary of $300.000.

The 60s were were known as the "Swinging London". The top supermodels were Twiggy, Peggy Moffitt, Naomi Sims, Donyale Luna, Evelyn Kuhn, Colleen Corby, Molly Corby, Jean Shrimpton, Veruschka, Agneta Freiberg, Babette Morand, Linda Morand, Cybill Shephard, Terry Reno, Wilhelmina Cooper, Angela Howard, Sizy Parker, & Penelope Tree. The most iconic of this group was Twiggy, whose look & style became "the face of the yearly", according to The London Daily Press. Her thin figure has become the fashion model image, even today.

The 70s were a rise the rise of the supermodels including Janice Dickinson, who by many, claim is the "World's First Supermodel" she has done extensive work including 37 covers of Vogue. More black models broke barriers in the fashion industry. These influential models included Iman and Beverly Johnson. Supermodels in the 70s included Anna Bayle, Bessie Badilla, Janice Dickinson, Rene Russo, Iman Abdulmajid, Gia Marie Carangi, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, and Beverly Johnson.

The high point of the supermodel era was in the 80s and early 90s, with some of the most famous being "The Trinity" of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington.

It was at this time that Cindy Crawford successfully leveraged her modelling fame into hosting her own television show, MTV's House of Style, creating and promoting many exercise video tapes, and posing in Playboy (she was the first supermodel to do all of these).

These years were known as the "era of the supermodels". Among these supermodels included Bridget Hall, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Shana Zadrick, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Bridget Hall, Cindy Crawford, Kristen McMenamy, Gail O'Neil, Lisa Taylor, Bonnie Burman, Vera Cox, Robyn Mackintosh, Naomi Campbell, Emma Sjoberg, Louis Vyent, Jerry Hall, Karen Alexander, Valeria Mazza, Ashley Richardson, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Rene Simonsen, Estelle Hallyday, Claudia Mason, Veronica Webb, Kristen McMenamy, Megan Douglas, Helena Christensen, Shana Zadrick, Paulina Porizkova, Daniela PeötovŠ, Yasmeen Ghauri, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Carol Alt, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, Rachel Hunter, Kate Moss, Carla Bruni, Tatjana Patitz, Kara Young, Patricia Velasquez, Brandi Quinones, Laetitia Casta, Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Niki Taylor, Carolyn Murphy, Shalom Harlow, Nadja Auermann, Elsa Benitez, Beverly Peele, Amber Valletta, Emma SjŲberg, Tyra Banks, Karen Mulder, Michaela Bercu, Eva Herzigova, and Stephanie Seymour.These models were known as the great supermodels of the supermodel era. The most controversial model of the 90s was the slender Kate Moss. She was consistently scrutinized over her slim look and people often speculated that she was anorexic, thus she gave birth to the style of supermodel known as the "waif." This waif look is now the most common today. It was also around this time that male supermodels came about like Marcus Schenkenberg and Tyson Beckford.

Other supermodels who came out in the late 1990s include Tricia Helfer, Rebecca Romijn, Valeria Mazza, Heidi Klum, Marisa Miller, Veronica Varekova, Alek Wek, Molly Sims, Devon Aoki, Mini Anden, Michelle Alves, Ana Hickmann, Milla Jovovich, and Gisele Bundchen.

In the 2000s, the supermodel popularity faded and actresses started replacing models. On The Tyra Banks Show, Janice Dickinson claims Tyra Banks was the last of the great supermodels. According to some people, the reason why actress and pop stars have become more popular, is because they are more relatable. They don't look perfect like models, and because of that they're more relatable. The supermodels of the 2000s include Daria Werbowy, Liya Kebede, Gemma Ward, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova, Oluchi Onweagba, Yasmin Warsame, Lisa Cant, Jessica Stam, Adriana Lima, Liya Kebede, Petra NemcovŠ, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, Heather Marks, Carmen Kass, Caroline Trentini, Noťmie Lenoir, Tiiu Kuik, Lily Cole, Eugenia Volodina, Lily Donaldson, Caroline Winberg, Angela Lindvall, Hana Soukupova, Polina Kouklina, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana, Valerie Celis, and Josie Maran. The popular model look has become alien, baby doll, eyes wide apart, waif models.

Trivia In 2001, According to the Guinness World Records, the highest paid supermodel was Elle MacPherson. In 1997 the highest paid supermodels were Elle MacPherson and Cindy Crawford.

According to Forbes magazine, in 2004, the five highest-paid supermodels in the world were, in descending order, Milla Jovovich, Gisele BŁndchen, Heidi Klum, Caroline Murphy, and Tyra Banks. VH1's recent episode of The Fabulous Life Of...Supermodels included Naomi Campbell as among the top 3 wealthiest supermodels in the world [2]. In 2005 Forbes' list of the highest paid supermodels of 2005 were, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, and Adriana Lima.

  • Almost all supermodels have been female; however, more and more male models are also becoming famous. The position of the world's most famous and highest paid male supermodel is currently usually contested between Jamaican-American actor and model Tyson Beckford and Dutch-Swedish model and bodybuilder Marcus Schenkenberg. Other male supermodels include Antonio Sabŗto Jr., Brad Kroenig, Mark Vanderloo, and Michael Bergin.
  • Many Supermodels now host reality TV shows, including Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Tricia Helfer, Janice Dickinson, Rachel Hunter, Kathrine SÝrland, and Mini Anden, and Jerry Hall.
  • In 2003, VH1's "All Access:Access Hollywood Top 10 Supermodels", named the top top 10 sexiest supermodels. In descending order, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Karolina Kurkova, Molly Sims, Eva Herzigova, Carolyn Murphy, Daniela Pestova, and Adriana Lima.
  • From June 2004-June 2006, the highest paid Brazilian supermodels were, in descending order, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Ana Beatriz Barros, Fernanda Tavares, Alessandra Ambrosio, Leticia Birkheuer, Fernanda Motta, Raquel Zimmermann, Michelle Alves, and Caroline Trentini.
  • In 2005, VH1's The Fabulous Life of Today's Hottest Supermodels, named their top 5 supermodels alive. In no order, the supermodels were Adriana Lima, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, & Gisele Bundchen.
  • Beveryly Johnson was the first black model on the cover of U.S. Vogue Magazine, French Elle Magazine, and German Cosmopolitan Magazine.
  • Donyale Luna was the first black model on a cover of a Vogue Magazine. She was the covergirl for U.K. Vogue Magazine.
  • Tyra Banks was the first black model on the cover of GQ Magazine, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Magazine, and Victoria's Secret Catalogue.
  • Liya Kebede was the first black model for Estee Lauder.
  • Naomi Sims was the first black model on the cover of Life Magazine and Fashion of the Times Magazine. Naomi and Donyale Luna were the first major black supermodel, who rose to fame in the 60s.
  • Veronica Webb was the first black model to sign a major cosmetic contract with Revlon in 1992.
  • Niki Taylor and Karolina Kurkova are the youngest models to appear on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Both were 17.
  • Naomi Campbell was the first black model on the cover of French Vogue Magazine, British Vogue Magazine, and Time Magazine.
  • Devon Aoki is the world's shortest supermodel at 5'6".
  • Anna Bayle was the first Filipina supermodel and Asian supermodel.
  • Gemma Ward was the first model on the cover of Teen Vogue.
  • Fernand Fonssagrives has graced the cover of Vogue over 200 times. Niki Taylor has graced over 200 covers. Claudia and Christie have graced over 500. Cindy has graced the most with over 600. Naomi Campbell has graced over 400.
  • Tyra Banks is one the least respected supermodels, because of her small career in modeling. She has mostly done swimsuit modeling, and many question whether she is a supermodel, because of her small high fashion career. Top Models who aren't considered supermodels have done more work than Tyra. Supermodels tend to have dozens of Vogue covers, while Tyra has only had one.
  • In 2005 British Television's Channel 5 aired, "The World's Greatest Supermodel".
  • First place went to Kate Moss, followed by Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer.
  • In 2006, FHM Magazine's "Sexiest Women" Poll, the following supermodels received a spot pectively: Adriana Lima (#27), Alessandra Ambrosio (#56), Petra Nemcova (#76), and Gisele Bundchen (#84).
  • In 2006, E!'s "101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies" included Supermodels GisŤle BŁndchen (#22), Laetitia Casta (#29), Valeria Mazza (#34), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (#41), Milla Jovovich (#57), and Tyra Banks (#60).
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Sadly enough, the 'supermodels' of the 2000's aren't really known to the general public and celebs continue their domination over the covers and ads....although the ads have been better this season (as in more models). I always thought that Celebs should stick to being in movies/tv shows and models should be on covers/ads/eds. I understand that the crossover is inevitable but....I just don't like the fact that magazines have turned to celebs to sell more numbers. However, I am speaking as a model fan so others have different opinions. Some may like seeing their fav actors/actresses on covers and that's completely okay.

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