Models of
the Moment

By Long Tall Sally

Celebrating eight decades of international Fashion Weeks, a retrospective of the world's most iconic models.

1940

1944

Dorian Leigh

height
5ft 5 "
measurements
unknown
shoe size US/EU/UK
unknown
about
After fibbing about her age on her very first modelling assignment (a little white lie to Harper's Bazaar that she was 19 when she was actually 27), Dorian Leigh, with her dark hair, blue eyes and hourglass figure soon became the toast of the fashion industry. She's now considered to be one of the first 'supermodels'.

1946

Rita Hayworth

height
5ft 6 "
measurements
36-24-36
shoe size US/EU/UK
10/ 42 / 8
about
One of America's most iconic pinup girls, Rita Hayworth started her career as a model before moving on to the silver screen. Her hour-glass figure and effortless glamour made her darling of the 40s and 50s. She also starred in more than 60 films over her 37-year career.

1947

Carmen Dell'Orefice

height
5ft 10 "
measurements
36-26-39
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 41 / 7
about
Carmen Dell'Orefice came from an impoverished background. At one point she was so slim that dresses had to be pinned and the curves padded out with tissue. Still modelling today, Carmen was not only one of the youngest cover stars of Vogue but is also affectionately regarded, aged 84, as the world's oldest supermodel.
1950

1950

Jean Patchett

height
5ft 9 "
measurements
34-23-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
unknown
about
Jean Patchett was one of the first models to adopt a more aloof and distant style of modelling. Coupled with her signature beauty spot, she became one of the most celebrated models of her era but famously would not work before 10am or after 4.30pm, so she could cook meals for herself and her husband.

1955

Dovima

height
5ft 8.5 "
measurements
33-19-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
unknown
about
Discovered on a New York sidewalk, she appeared in front of the lens of famous fashion photographer Irving Penn the very next day. Dovima's striking name matched her striking appearance. On her first shoot she kept her mouth closed to hide a broken tooth, little did she know this ruse would create the mysterious 'Mona Lisa air' she'd later be famed for.

1956

Suzy Parker

height
5ft 9 "
measurements
35-24-36
shoe size US/EU/UK
unknown
about
Younger sister of Dorian Leigh, the willowy Suzy Parker made her own waves by becoming the first model to command $100,000 a year. Known for her elegant poses and high cheekbones, the red-headed beauty was also described by Christian Dior as 'the most beautiful woman in the world'.
1960

1963

Veruschka

height
6ft 3 "
measurements
34-25-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
10.5 / 43 / 8
about
With her dramatic features and Amazonian height, German model Verushchka rose to fame during the 60s and earned as much as $10,000 a day at her peak. In 2010 she returned to the runway to model for Giles Deacon at London Fashion Week, aged 71.

1965

Jean Shrimpton

height
5ft 9 "
measurements
34-24.5-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
unknown
about
Jean 'The Shrimp' Shrimpton shook up the fashion industry with her long legs and slim figure, marking a move from the voluptuous figures of the 50s. It was her scandalously short (but impeccably styled) dress at the Melbourne Cup Carnival horse race in 1965 which began the mini skirt revolution.

1966

Twiggy

height
5ft 6.5 "
measurements
32-22-32
shoe size US/EU/UK
7 / 37 / 4.5
about
Twiggy quickly took the fashion world by storm in the late 1960s with her trademark cropped haircut and androgynous figure. And the secret to those famous eyelashes? Three pairs of falsies!
1970

1970

Marisa Berenson

height
5ft 8 "
measurements
34-23-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 41 / 7
about
Tanned and doe-eyed, this iconic model was famed for her frequent appearances at the hottest parties and nightclubs which earned her the nickname of 'The Queen of the Scene'. She was also dubbed 'the girl of the Seventies' by none other than Yves Saint-Laurent.

1973

Lauren Hutton

height
5ft 6.5 "
measurements
33-23-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
unknown
about
Lauren Hutton currently holds the record for the most Vogue covers - she's graced the front cover an impressive 26 times. Despite trying to hide it with morticians' wax and tooth caps, she eventually become famed for her signature tooth gap.

1977

Jerry Hall

height
6ft 0 "
measurements
33-23.5-33
shoe size US/EU/UK
10.5 / 43 / 8
about
Standing at 6 feet tall and with flowing blonde locks, it's unsurprising that Jerry Hall was one of the most photographed models of her era. By 1977 she had amassed 40 magazine covers and was earning over $1,000 a day. In the same year she also bagged herself a Rolling Stone.
1980

1982

Elle Macpherson

height
6ft 0 "
measurements
36-25-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6.5
about
Discovered at just 16, while on a ski vacation in Colorado, Elle's 6' height and athletic figure prompted Time Magazine to nickname her 'The Body'. She's since carved out a business empire with both lingerie and beauty brands under the Elle Macpherson label.

1983

Anna Bayle

height
5ft 10"
measurements
35-23-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
unknown
about
Celebrated as being the first Asian supermodel, Filipino Anna Bayle was a runway regular for over a decade and a muse for fashion greats such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Chanel, Gianni Versace and Givenchy. She was still strutting her stuff on the runway at 34 before retiring in 1994.

1985

Iman

height
5ft 10 "
measurements
34-28-38
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6.5
about
Iman was a political science student when she was scouted on the streets of Nairobi. She took the fashion industry by storm in the 80s with her statuesque Somalian beauty, acting as muse for Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein and Donna Karen. She's also fluent in five languages!

1988

Linda Evangelista

height
1988
measurements
34-25-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6
about
Linda Evangelista's fame skyrocketed when she chopped her locks into a sleek crop. This bold move propelled her to become one of the most in-demand models of the era. She also famously coined the ultimate diva phrase - 'we don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day'.
1990

1991

Naomi Campbell

height
5ft 9 "
measurements
34-24-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6
about
Naomi Campbell first tasted the limelight in 1978 when she featured in a Bob Marley music video at the age of 7. Her modelling career took off at 15 when, shortly after being spotted in London, she appeared on the cover of British Elle. She went on to be the first black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue.

1995

Cindy Crawford

height
5ft 9.5 "
measurements
34-26-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6
about
With her athletic build and all-American looks, Cindy Crawford made a stark contrast to the waif-like models of the 90s. After signing multi-million dollar endorsements with Revlon and Pepsi, Forbes magazine named her the highest paid model on the planet.

1996

Kate Moss

height
5ft 7 "
measurements
34-23-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
7 / 37 / 4.5
about
Croydon's finest export, Kate Moss was spotted at New York's JFK airport at the tender age of 14. With her pale skin, smudged black eyeliner and angular bone structure Kate Moss was queen of the 'heroin chic' trend of the 90s. Today she is considered the face of modern British fashion and is contributing editor at British Vogue.

1997

Sophie Dahl

height
6ft
measurements
38"-31"-41"
shoe size US/EU/UK
8.5 / 39 / 6
about
During the era of 'heroin-chic' Sophie Dahl broke the mould with her voluptuous size 14 figure. La Dahl modelled for the likes of Versace and Alexander McQueen and starred in *that* nude YSL ad, which became one of the top ten most- complained about advertisements of all time.
2000

2000

Gisele Bündchen

height
5ft 11 "
measurements
34-24-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
8.5 / 39 / 6
about
Marking the end of the waif-like models of the 90s, Gisele Bündchen took the fashion industry by storm with her signature stomping strut, affectionately termed the 'horse- walk'. Her personal wealth is estimated at $150 million, a figure which has earnt her a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the richest model in the world.

2004

Lily Cole

height
5ft 10.5 "
measurements
32-25-35
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6.5
about
With her flaming red hair and porcelain complexion, Lily Cole's distinctive features earned her 'Model of the Year' at the British Fashion Awards in 2004. With contracts for Chanel, DKNY and Alexander McQueen under her belt, she also continued modelling whilst studying at Cambridge University - where she graduated with a double first.

2008

Agyness Deyn

height
5ft 7 "
measurements
-
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6.5
about
With her bleached crop and penchant for Doc Martins, Agyness Deyn was a breath of fresh air for the fashion industry in 2008. Often touted as the 'new Kate Moss', her chameleon-like look and striking androgynous style was seen at shows from Burberry to Vivienne Westwood.

2011

Karlie Kloss

height
6ft 1 "
measurements
31-23-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
9 / 40 / 6.5
about
Karlie Kloss' powerful runway walk has been seen in shows from Calvin Klein to Victoria's Secret and her look has been described as 'unique and atypical' by Tara Banks. Well-known for being a member of Taylor Swift's girl gang, she's also godmother to Jourdan Dunn's son.

2013

Cara Delevingne

height
5ft 7 "
measurements
32.5–26.5–34.5
shoe size US/EU/UK
8.5 / 39 / 6
about
If Cara Delevingne had to be defined by one thing, it would be 'those brows'. Dark, bushy and au-natural, they are almost more talked about than she is. A true model of the internet age, in 2013 she was both the most Googled person in fashion in the UK and the most reblogged model on Tumblr. Following her critically acclaimed lead role in Paper Towns she says acting is fast becoming 'her full time job'.

2014

Jourdan Dunn

height
5ft 11 "
measurements
32-23-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
8.5 / 39 / 6
about
A timeless beauty, at 18 Dunn famously walked the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier with a baby bump. In July 2014, she was declared an icon by models.com after appearing on their Top 50 Models Women list for seven consecutive years.

2015

Kendall Jenner

height
5ft 10.5 "
measurements
32-24-34
shoe size US/EU/UK
8.5 / 39 / 6
about
Kendall Jenner is a part of an emerging fashion movement, dubbed 'Social Media Modelling' by Harper's Bazaar and 'the Instagirl era' by Vogue. As the no.1 most followed model on Instagram and Facebook, it's no surprise that Kendall holds the title of 'most liked photo' on Instagram with 3 million likes and counting.