Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc
The two supermodels I loved from the 60’s were Twiggy and Peggy Moffitt (loved their makeup & hair!!!) and both are still alive and kicking. Peggy actually did a photo shoot not to long ago recreating her iconic 60’s look. And guess what she’s still wearing her famous top and bottom lashes!!
Makeup Artist Way Bandy applying makeup to Model.
Makeup Artist Joey Mills applying makeup to Supermodel Brooke Shields.
There are models who can bring makeup (the product) to life. And some women just really look good in makeup, meaning they have a face for makeup and can wear pretty much any style of makeup a Makeup Artist can come up with.
That face would be Linda Evangelista’s. the symmetry of her face and brow just all works! Here’s to Supermodel Linda Evangelista.
• 80’s-90’s SUPERMODELS
I also was a a big fan of the new kind of stardom that arose in the ’90s, the category of supermodels. In the ’70s and ’80s there were only about 4-5 models that were pretty well known (Iman, Brinkley, Porizkova, Dickinson etc). It was George Michael’s “Freedom” music video in 1991 and later his music video “Too Funky” (my favorite one for fashion, especially the Therry Muglier motorcycle bustier…what whas he thinking?!) that shed a different kind of light on models and their potential to not just sell a product but become a brand themselves.
My personal favourite 6 models were always Naomi Campbell (British Caribbean). Second favorite was Yasmeen Ghauri (Canadian, but half-German and half-Pakistani). Third, Linda Evangelista (American). Fourth Roshumba (African American), Tyra Banks (African American) and Alek Wek (African).
“The big-5” of the ’90s (on record) were Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista. These ladies were in high demand and had the same status in celebrity as any singer, musician or actor.
Additional models among the top-20 according to Zothike’s list included…Niki Taylor, Tatjana Patitz, Yasmeen Ghauri, Carmen Kass, Shalom Harlow, Carla Bruni, Helena Christensen, Karen Mulder, Tyra Banks, Amber Valetta, Kate Moss, Nadja Auermann, Stephanie Seymour, Eva Herzigova, Elle Mac Pherson.
A second-tier model celebrities according to this Zothike listing , below the top-20, included Bridget Hall, Estella Warren, Estelle Halliday, Daniela Pestova, Emma Sjoberg, Kristen McMenany, Natalia Vodianova, Rebecca Romijn, Yasmin LeBon, Brandy, Milla Jovovich, Iman (Iman was more 80’s supermodel and then 90’s super-brand with her cosmetic line)and just a few more. You can see all these models at Zothike’s web site, but for some weird reason the black supermodels are not in his/her list (I emailed him/her about this back in the day, he/she never replied).
Here is a list of the “Top 10” Black Supermodels in the 90’s. Now mind you only two ladies on that list have had supermodel status from the 70’s!!! That would be IMAN (African) and Beverly Johnson (African American). And let’s be clear those ladies don’t show the signs of ageing like they’re era’s contemporaries. So that proves….
a.) The myth about one having to quit early because they will age quickly is not applicable to all.
b.) The old adage “Black don’t crack” ehm it’s true, period.
Okay The Top 10 Black Supermodels list includes IMAN (who was Co-Contributing Beauty Editor with me for VIBE Magazine) Roshumba Williams, Beverly Peele, Beverly Johnson, Alek Wek, Tyra Banks, Kimora Lee, Veronica Webb, Liya Kebede and of course Naomi Campbell. I would add to this list Lana Oglvie, Beverly Peele, Karen Alexander, Waris, Gayle O’Neil, Mounia, Sheila Johnson, Anna Getaneh, Khadijah Adams, Louise Vyent, Katoucha Niane and more (look for Black Supermodel in an upcoming post).
In the current decade the “supermodel” has just vanished. There are only 3-4 new known models (Gisele, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova etc) while Tyra Banks’ (who is so, beyond supermodel but now a super multimedia brand) “America’s Next Top Model” show has failed to bring supermodeling back into its previous stardom status. I guess you can say that the “golden era” of super modelling seems to be relegated to the ’90s. It will be missed.