The 80s was an era of revolution, and the scenario of the modelling and fashion industry was not what it is today. Back then models not only strived to become the ones associated with high-end, elite brands like Chanel, Dior and Gucci, but also aspired to be models for sportswear and swimsuit brands and be on the covers of Sports Illustrated. Regardless of their elegant and exciting lifestyle and significant compensations, these models were yet to make as much cash as the following generation would.
These women are more than just former models; they are business visionaries. Here is a rundown of the most renowned models from the ’80s & how they are now and what they resemble today.
Kathy Ireland was one of the last top models to get renowned in the ’80s. However, she didn’t hold back from leaving a mark on the world with it. In 1989, Kathy was the face of the much popular to date cover of Sports Illustrated. She is likewise a fruitful business visionary, owner and founder of Kathy Ireland Worldwide (kiWW), a marketing company. Kathy is also a part of the list of some of the wealthiest models with a net worth of $500 million. The former model continues to look beautiful and ageless just as she is.
The model entranced the fashion world with her ideal facial structure and beautiful blue eyes. All along the 80s and the 90s, Paulina was the front of several magazines, and was associated with several brands such as Maybelline, Estée Laude, Escada, as well as others, and was also on the cover of 1984 edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. The model once surprisingly revealed that she didn’t love being a model. Paulina is 54 now and is still beautiful with or without makeup, we can most definitely claim she aged well.
Mention the name of Jill Goodacre and one immediately thinks of the brand Victoria’s Secret. The former model used to be one out of the many primary faces of the brand, and her name was always directly associated with the brand until the early 90s. The greatest high of Jill’s career is marked by the 80s, when she was working with the lingerie brand. In the 90s, she appeared on many TV programmes, such as the evergreen sitcom Friends. Jill is currently married to music artist Harry Connick Jr and the two have three kids together.
All along the 80s, the modelling and fashion industry worked a little differently. The top-paid supermodels weren’t just the ones working for high-end brands such as Dior or Chanel. The 80s were a completely new age, and sportswear was another such line that was picking up popularity in the market. Brinkley was one out of the few much acclaimed of that era, and was particularly renowned for her numerous Sports Illustrated covers. Moreover, she has starred in her personal daily TV show that aired on CNN, as well as that she also owns a skincare label. The model is still looking as fresh and stunning as ever.
The ’80s model got discovered in the French Riviera while she was sunbathing in the ’70s.
Her vocation began in a very charming manner and she moved on to star in a Batman movie, as well as multiple Broadway shows. During the same decade, the model crossed paths with Mick Jagger, the two stayed married up until 1999. Hall is now 64 and married to Rupert Murdoch, a billionaire.
Excellence runs within Carol’s blood, since her mom was a model as well. The model got discovered whilst she was a full-time waitress and her career picked up after working on her project for Harper’s Bazaar, she was also on the 1980 cover page of Sports Illustrated. Carol was the face of many magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She has since scaled-down her work as a supermodel, but continues to pick up a few projects. She appeared at the New York Fashion Week for a catwalk in 2019.
The beautiful model Elle commenced her career all along the 80s, as she required money to purchase her law books. The Australian model’s career picked up, and she was soon signed to be on the cover page of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1986-88, 1994, and 2006. Elle is a model, businesswoman, TV host, and an actress. She has associated her name with many brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The model continues to look ageless and could still manage to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2020 if she desired.
Paris was the city in which Farida got discovered. She is a documentary filmmaker and a former model. Khelfa, born in France, then soon moved to Paris at the age of 15. She has become a popular model well by the 80s, as well as had mused for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jean-Paul and Azzedine Alaia, Goude. Farida was not just a model, but a style icon during her time. She is now a mother of two children and is looking as stunning as ever.
The Somali model worked for various elite brands such as Halston, Yves Saint Lauren, Versace, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan and was at the top of her game. There is no uncertainty that Iman is one of the most noticeable models of that ’80s. She was discovered in the ’70s by photographer Peter Beard during her stay in America for college. The model had locked eyes with singer David Bowie in the late 90s, and the two remained married until the singer died back in 2016. Iman has since kept herself occupied and is a successful entrepreneur with her well-established beauty brand known as Iman Cosmetics.
Janice commenced work during the 70s and was at the top of her career game during the 80s. Moreover, she was a well-known face in the industry. Dickson was a principal model to be spoken to by Elite Model Management. The model continued to work with various other brands such as Calvin Klein, Versace, and Oscar de la Renta. Dickson got together with Tyra Banks in the show America’s Next Top Model. She was excessively critical and analytical towards the up-and-comers, and turns out in real life she has a personality similar to the one in reel life.
She was extremely critical when Vogue picked Kim Kardashian as their cover and also was additionally not in favor of model Kendall Jenner either.
With this, we come to an end of a rundown of some of our personal favorite top models from the ’80s’ era. These women are not just style icons, but some of the very inspirational women. They continue to strive to achieve more, as most of them are entrepreneurs while still looking as beautiful and glamorous as ever.
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