Then & Now: 12 Supermodels From the '80s Who Look Better Than Ever (PHOTOS)

Michele Marin | Sep 14, 2015 Beauty & Style
Then & Now: 12 Supermodels From the '80s Who Look Better Than Ever (PHOTOS)

If the mere mention of 1980s supermodels cues the Robert Palmer song, "Simply Irresistible," then wait until you take a catwalk down memory lane with these beauties! From Naomi Campbell to Christie Brinkley, we've got the big hairstyles, the magazine covers, the fitness videos, the temper tantrums, and more from the '80s supermodel heyday.

What have some of the top '80s supermodels been doing since their days on the runways? They look better than ever, thank you very much. Check out these '80s supermodels both then and now. 


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  • Cindy Crawford: Then


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    The iconic mole, the lustrous mane — Cindy Crawford ruled the runway in the 1980s. But don't let her good looks fool you into thinking that's all there is. Crawford  was her high school valedictorian and received an academic scholarship to Northwestern University. Her academics did get placed on hold, however, after she won second place in a modeling contest at 17, launching her career.

  • Cindy Crawford: Now


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    The apples didn't fall from from this genetically beautiful tree. Crawford now has two equally beautiful children, son Presley and daughter Kaia, with her husband restaurateur, Randy Gerber. When Crawford is not lending catwalk advice to her model daughter Kaia, she is pursuing business ventures, including a furniture line for Rooms To Go and a skincare company called Meaningful Beauty.

  • Kathy Ireland: Then


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    Who landed a feature in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions, as well as three consecutive covers? None other than California-born Kathy Ireland. Add Seventeen, Vogue and every magazine in between to her slew of covers and you can see why Ireland was a household name in the '80s. Her fitness video was one of the first to hit it big among the supermodels of the time. 

  • Kathy Ireland: Now


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    As one of the wealthiest former supermodels in the world, according to Forbes, Ireland has made $420 million, thanks to her licensing of everything from ceiling fans to wigs, socks, furniture, and clothing. 

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  • Brooke Shields: Then


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    Cue the infamous line, "Want to know what comes between me and my Calvin's?" delivered by 15-year-old Brooke Shields for the Calvin Klein jeans campaign. Along with her starring role in The Blue Lagoon, the model admired for her perfect eyebrows was on fire in the '80s.

  • Brooke Shields: Now


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    Just as stunning today as in the '80s, Brooke Shields is now supermom to two daughters with husband Chris Henchy. The 50-year-old continues to act and penned a book about her struggle with postpartum depression, Down Came The Rain. She's also a longtime spokesperson for La-Z-Boy furniture. 

  • Iman: Then


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    The Somali native earned her first modeling gig in 1975. She strutted her stuff for designers such as Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta. Iman even became a muse for Yves Saint Laurent. It's no wonder the stunning beauty was the first African American to grace the cover of German Vogue.

  • Iman: Now


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    These days, Iman is busy with humanitarian work, her hubby rocker, David Bowie, and stints on Project Runway Canada. With her flawless skin, it's no surprise that she created her very own cosmetics line!

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  • Christy Turlington: Then


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    This California girl was ruling the runway since she was 14! Christy Turlington was the face of Calvin Klein for over 20 years, and if you catch a snippet of those '80s rock replays, you can even catch that sultry smile in George Michael's "Freedom" video.

  • Christy Turlington: Now


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    With that gorgeous face, it's no surprise that Christy Turlington still rocks the modeling world! The only difference is she now splits her time off the catwalk with hubby Ed Burns, their two children, and non-profit work, including her maternal health organization, Ever Mother Counts.

  • Janice Dickinson: Then


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    With 37 Vogue covers, 7 Elle covers, and campaigns with Dior and Valentino, it's no wonder the Ford model spanned her modeling career all over Europe and the states throughout the '80s. 

  • Janice Dickinson: Now


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    Dickinson's diva-like behavior has been caught in several reality shows, including Celebrity Big Brother. The 60-year-old was among the first women to come out against Bill Cosby, alleging that he drugged her and took advantage of her decades ago when her career was just kicking into gear.

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  • Linda Evangelista: Then


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    Back in the day, Ms. Evangelista famously told Vogue that she and her supermodel pals don't get out of bed "for less than $10,000 a day." She also holds the record for the most covers with Vogue Italia. Evangelista was one of the "Big 6" supermodels of the '80s.

  • Linda Evangelista: Now


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    Guess who turned 50 recently? The Canadian-born Evangelista is as hot as ever, having retired to the south of France for a while. These days the former mega model, still mingles among models and has one child, a son named Augustin, with former flame, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault (aka Salma Hayek's hubby).

  • Carol Alt: Then


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    "The Face," as she was known in the '80s, Carol Alt got her start on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition back in 1982. As it turns out, what started out as a summer job turned into a hot profession, as Alt went on to grace over 500 magazine covers.

  • Carol Alt: Now


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    What does the cosmetics entrepreneur credit for her youthful glow, besides her own makeup line, of course? A raw diet. Alt is such a believer in the diet she has followed for 18 years that she has even written books on the subject. Her newest book, A Healthy You, was released in May, 2015.

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  • Paulina Porizkova: Then


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    Sultry and sexy Porizkova, born in 1965 in Czechoslovakia, earned her big break when her photographer friend sent her pics to talent agencies. True to the '80s, you can catch the supermodel in the Cars' "Drive" music video. She was, after all, married to frontman Ric Ocasek.

  • Paulina Porizkova: Now


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    In what is an industry phenomenon in and of itself, the supermodel is still married to rocker Ric Ocasek, with whom she has two sons. Porizkova has tried her hand at acting (Desperate Housewives), dancing (Dancing with the Stars), and writing (she's a blogger at the Huffington Post).

  • Christie Brinkley: Then


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    With her all-American good looks and killer bod, it's no revelation that Christie Brinkley would have three consecutive covers of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues through 1981. Add that to the more than 500 magazine covers and 25-plus years as the face of Cover Girl, and we think she has the fashion and beauty industries covered.

  • Christie Brinkley: Now


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    After her marriage to singer Billy Joel fell apart, she married a developer named Richard Taubman, with whom she was involved in a helicopter accident in Colorado. They later divorced and she married architect Peter Cook, leaving him after discovering he was cheating on her with the couple's nanny. These days, Christie Brinkley is like a grown-up version of Barbie. Still beyond beautiful, the cover girl lives in the Hamptons, making the occasional appearance on television. Worth an estimated $80 million, Brinkley can surely retire her stilettos to spend time with her kids, Alexa Ray, Sailor Lee, and Jack Paris. 

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  • Elle Macpherson: Then


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    Appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue a record five times, Macpherson also landed covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and many more, all before her 21st birthday!

  • Elle Macpherson: Now


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    The Revlon spokeswoman is still smokin' hot in her bikini at 51! Mama to two boys with her ex-fiance financier, Arpad Busson, Macpherson has a lingerie line and workout videos, so you too can get that rock-hard bod!

  • Stephanie Seymour: Then


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    Stephanie Seymour got her modeling start at 14, and the brunette beauty was one of the very first Victoria's Secret catalog models. Her appearance in former beau Axl Rose's Guns 'N Roses video, "November Rain," is one of our fondest '80s memories.

  • Stepanie Seymour: Now


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    After ending her marriage to Axl Rose, Seymour is now married to publishing mogul Peter Brant. Two of Seymour's sons, Peter Brant, Jr. and Harry, have become society obsessions in and of themselves. The two are are often spotted among the artsy circles in NYC. It seems that Seymours very, um, close, relationship with her son, Peter Brant, Jr. is making more headlines than anything the ex-supermodel is doing professionally these days.

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  • Naomi Campbell: Then


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    Another one of the "six" supermodels of the 80's Campbell was one of the most in demand models of her day. The fierce diva strutted her stuff for the likes of Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and just about every other high end brand known to women. The London born beauty, with her dancer like poise and mega watt style, got her break at 15, and was one of the first black models to appear on Time, French Vogue and British Vogue as well as features in over 500 glossies!

  • Naomi Campbell: Now


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    Seriously? Naomi Campbell is 45? She must have a deal with the genetic Gods because we don't thinks she looks any different from her 80's covers! These days, Campbell has been on countless TV shows, including The Face, on Oxygen, which she produced. Campbell's beauty runs deep, as she spearheads many fundraising efforts, including her work with Nelson Mandela in 1993, and in 1997 he even named the beauty, "Honorary Granddaughter." She also came to the aid of the millions affected by Hurricane Katrina with her charity, Fashion For Relief. 


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