Supermodels: Sexy at Any Age
Happy birthday, Naomi Campbell!
As the British stunner turns 44 Thursday, it’s important to remember that models are people, too.
People who – if these photos are any indication – don’t seem to age. And even though the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue turned 50 this year, the appeal of gorgeous women doesn’t seem to be fading at all.
Which is good. Because the latest installment of our “younger selves” series brings you some of the most iconic supermodels of all time, voguing with their younger selves. And – spoiler alert – both versions are really, really, really ridiculously good-looking.
All photo illustrations by Tiffany Hagler-Geard and Linzi Silverman for PEOPLE.com.
Campbell made her first professional appearance at the age of 7, when she appeared in the 1971 music video for Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” (Marley covers a tuckered-out Campbell with a blanket at 2:06.)
Over a quarter-century into her modeling career, Moss, 40, is still pulling in the big bucks: In 2012, she came in second on the Forbes top-earning models list.
Brinkley, who turned 60 this year, recently told PEOPLE that “My 50s weren’t easy … [but] now I feel on top of my game.” She looks it, too.
Turlington, 45, is credited (or, if you’re the parent of a teenager, blamed) for introducing the belly button ring into the zeitgeist in 1993.
Schiffer, 43, famously dated magician David Copperfield back in the ’90s. Did he cast an antiaging spell on the German beauty?
Banks, 40, announced earlier this year that her beloved 2000 Disney film Life-Size (which starred a fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan), is getting a sequel. Miley Cyrus was very excited.
Evangelista’s quote, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” (a joke the 48-year-old made in Vogue in 1990) became shorthand for describing the heights to which supermodels were ascending in the 1990s.
At this point, it’d be easier to list things that Heidi Klum has not done. To our knowledge, the 40-year-old has never trained a bear to play the trumpet, bare-knuckle boxed or driven a Dodge Challenger from Colorado to California in a doomed race against time, as in the 1971 classic action road movie Vanishing Point.
Dickinson, 59, the self-proclaimed “world’s first supermodel,” was once reportedly told by modeling agent Eileen Ford that she was “much too ethnic” to be a model. They do say the best revenge is living well …
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