Any industry that doesn’t experience change must be a static one. Just as the music and the fashion industries have undergone drastic changes over the years, the modeling industry has likewise gone through many changes.
Not just in styling and walking, but the type of models that can walk the runway and earn the most in the industry. Here are photos that show how the modeling world has evolved over time.
Camille Clifford (1900)
We start with the painting of Charles Dana Gibson in 1900 with model Camille Clifford as his muse. We can spot the tiny waist and fuller bust and hips which were the order of the day back then.
The Flapper Style (The 1920s)
A revolution must have taken place in this era, as models and women generally started tilting towards the freer modes of dressing. It echoed freedom and rebellion and was termed the rise of the Flapper.
Between the 1930s and 1950s, Hollywood had such a significant influence on the modeling industry. Someone like the legendary Marilyn Monroe was a fashion icon and inspiration with bright lips and body.
About the 1960s era, the industry started getting obsessed with skinny figures with how successful a famous model called Twiggy was. It was a shift from curves to slim, she took the reins that period.
Beverly Johnson (1974)
History was made when model Beverly Johnson who was an African-American was made the cover of Vogue in 1974. A start of inclusion in the industry and paved the way for people of color.
Then there was Iman in the 70s. From her strut to her daring hair and looks, this one model made high fashion a thing and became a big mouse for designers like Calvin Klein and Thierry Mugler.
Cindy Crawford (1980s)
The model, Cindy Crawford, was one who rocked the ‘80s in the modeling and fashion world. Asides from her tall and slender body, she had a beauty mark above her lip which soon became her signature.
Naomi Campbell (1980s)
Still, during the 1980s era, supermodel Naomi Campbell came on the scenes and showed the world what strutting fearless looked like. She was fierce on the runway and on covers which would remain memorable.
The 80s supermodel, Elle Macpherson, became known as the body of that era as everything she was clothed in just made the outfits better. Through her career, she featured five times as the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
Another popular model from the 80s is Linda Evangelista, as she always made a statement with different hairstyles. One of her signature looks was the short edgy hairstyle which soon got named after her.
In the 90s was the model Kate Moss who soon became a household name in the fashion world with how she effortlessly rocked her skinny bod. she was famous for saying: Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
The beautiful Tyra Banks became so popular after gracing the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated. She was the first African-American ever to do that. Years on, she is still popular and famous for America’s Next Top Model Show.
Another 90s model who shook the industry is the supermodel Gisele Bundchen. It seemed like she was rightly named as she was such a sight on the runway, especially as Victoria’s Secret angel. Till date, she remains one of the highest paid models.
Fast forward to this era that we are in, we see many models gaining more popularity, especially with their social media accounts. An example is Kendall Jenner who was the highest paid in 2018. Kendall has been on so many covers since the start of her career.
The dark-skinned Duckie Thot is also revolutionizing the industry after appearing on Australia’s Next Top Model. She also became one of the prominent faces from the Rihanna beauty line – Fenty Beauty.