Supermodels are having a resurgence. Our faves from the 80s and 90s are still popping up on runways (Alexander Wang), editorials (Naomi Campbell in W) and campaigns (Linda Evangelista for Chanel eyewear). Doing any one job for 20+ years is pretty impressive, but when it’s a job like modeling, it truly is a feat of superhuman proportions.
Then there is the new wave of supermodels. Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss were called out as the future of the super in the latest W, and models are flocking to Hollywood and being snatched up for flims. We’re pretty sure that this generation has its fair share of models that everyone is going to know on a first name basis.
We started thinking about what makes a supermodel so darn super. Being gorgeous helps, obviously, but the girls who last in the industry tend to have an intangible charisma, and also a quirky signature–whether it’s a walk, a birth mark, or a perfect Brazilian ass. We took a look at 13 models who have truly earned the prefix, and tried to pin down their most defining features.
From Cindy Crawford to Karlie Kloss, click through to see what makes them all unique.