8 Iconic Fashion Models Who Had Tremendous Impact on the Industry

“Over the years, I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent

You’ll find hundreds of interesting fashion photos online, but very few have that truly professional look. Only a handful of professional models can bring a touch of elegance, glamour, charisma, and that je ne sais quoi to every photograph.

Finding the right model that will truly shine is just as important in fashion photography as the setup, lighting, and equipment the photographer uses.

It’s best to draw inspiration from some of the most stunning ladies in the fashion industry, so let’s go over the best of the best.

Cindy Crawford

Before Cindy Crawford, supermodels were virtually non-existent. She’s the one who’s made supermodels into a cultural phenomenon, into celebrities whose fame is comparable to that of rockstars.

At the start of her career, Cindy became recognizable for her curvaceous, athletic body, and she made that her brand. Her early ’90s workout videos still draw attention, and you can still learn a thing or two from them.

Kate Moss

After her iconic Calvin Klein – Obsession ad, Kate Moss became a global celebrity, known for her heroin chic aesthetic and her edgy looks.

She’s not what you’d expect from a typical supermodel – standing tall at just around 5′ 7″ and boasting her trademarked street style instead of always appearing glamorous and elegant. So, she’s made a name for herself as a so-called “anti-supermodel”, bringing a refreshing touch of controversy to the fashion industry.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid is one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion industry today. She’s worked with countless brands, from Victoria’s Secret to Reebok and Versace, and she’s appeared on the covers of almost every reputable fashion magazine. Besides being a talented supermodel, Gigi’s dabbled in acting and has several TV and film appearances.

Cara Delevingne

If there’s one person who’s brought back the trend of gorgeous, thick, natural eyebrows, it’s Cara Delevingne. But that’s not all she’s done.

She’s a talented model, singer, and actress who’s appeared in movies such as “Paper Towns” and “Suicide Squad”. There’s little she can’t do, and she’s truly made waves in the fashion industry.

Naomi Campbell

The gorgeous Naomi Campbell started her modeling career in her teens and has made quite a name for herself – being recognized in almost every corner of the world.

She’s one of the first black models to be featured in French and British “Vogue” and on the cover of “Time” magazine.

She’s dabbled in singing and acting and established herself as a successful entrepreneur.

Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer rose to fame in the early ’90s and quickly established herself as a global supermodel with immense talent. She holds a Guinness World Record for the model with the most magazine covers (well over 1000 if you’re wondering).

Heidi Klum

One of the most stunningly charming German supermodels has got to be Heidi Klum. She’s been in the fashion industry since she was 18, and she’s still regarded as one of the most talented supermodels of all time.

She’s appeared in countless movies and TV shows, and her reality show “Project Runway” has shown her true talent.

Adriana Lima

The breathtaking Adriana Lima is a Brazilian supermodel who rose to fame as one of the renowned Victoria’s Secret Angels. She’s one of the world’s highest-paid supermodels, and one of the few top tablets who’ve had an immense impact on the fashion industry.

Final Thoughts

The world of fashion wouldn’t be the same today without the models mentioned in this list. It just goes to show that with the right model and solid fashion photo production, you can get amazing results.

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