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Legends
How the Legends list works
Every so often a model comes along who stands the test of time and leaves a lasting impression on the industry as a whole. With storied careers that hit every high note and reputations for professionalism and excellence these women are the standard by which other models are judged. More often than not their career trajectories push them outside the world of fashion and into television, film, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, transforming them into household names and even corporate entities.

More than anything it is longevity and widespread recognition that puts the legends in their own league. Some of the criteria we evaluate for this list include the following:

- At least 15 years of high profile work with top magazines, photographers and brands.
- Media presence outside of the fashion industry and widespread name recognition.
- Work that is considered iconic in nature i.e.. campaigns, covers & television commercials.
- Must have had at least one long term contract with fashion or beauty brand.
Carla Bruni
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Carla Bruni - BVLGARI Diva Collection F/W 13 shot by Terry Richardson
BVLGARI Diva Collection F/W 13 shot by Terry Richardson
London:
Storm Model Management


Milan:
d'management group


Carla Bruni - Few can claim to have been an all-star top model, first lady of France and a full-fledged chanteuse, but Carla Bruni is a force like none other. As a model Bruni’s compelling elegance made her a favorite of designers who embrace classism with an edge. Though she now splits her time between music and philanthropic work, Bruni resurfaces every so often for a choice campaign or cover - like her ongoing stint as the face of Bulgari, or turn guest editing Vogue Paris. 
Carmen dell'Orefice
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Carmen dell'Orefice - Rouge F/W 12 campaign
Rouge F/W 12 campaign
New York:
Trump Management


London:
Models 1


The incomparable Carmen is a legend in and out of modeling. With a career that started in the 1940s and still goes strong today, dell'Orefice defines lasting power and beauty beyond the industry’s youth obsession. The unstoppable Carmen has been shot by everyone from Avedon to Irving Penn and served as Salvador Dali's muse. In a business where most careers burn out in months Carmen remains one of fashion’s most essential stars.
Christy Turlington
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Christy Turlington - British Vogue July 2014 Cover by Patrick Demarchelier
British Vogue July 2014 Cover by Patrick Demarchelier
As a model Christy has reached the highest levels of fame - consistently featured everywhere from American Vogue to Time Magazine. With a face that recalls classic sculpture, Turlington is undoubtedly beautiful but it is her activism and intelligence that have made her a global icon. As a director and humanitarian Turlington has worked to bring attention to causes ranging from maternal health, to anti-smoking, creating a legacy that is nothing short of legendary.
Cindy Crawford
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Cindy Crawford - Muse Magazine Summer 2013 Cover by Mariano Vivanco
Muse Magazine Summer 2013 Cover by Mariano Vivanco
London:
Storm Model Management


Americana incarnate! Cindy Crawford’s natural beauty has drawn in everyone from Prince - who dedicated a song to her, to labels like Versace, who have long favored Crawford’s wholesome yet sexy appeal. Though she’s been consistently working since she appeared on the scene and has garnered endless Vogue covers and high profile campaigns during her prolific career, Crawford remains essential due in part to the way in which she influenced the look of the 90s and onward. As the longtime face of Revlon and one of the most prominent of the original supermodels Cindy served to usher in a new era of American beauty, designer Michael Kors describes her legacy aptly, “Cindy changed the perception of the ‘sexy American girl’ from classic blue eyed blonde to a more sultry brunette with brains, charm, and professionalism to spare.” 
Claudia Schiffer
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Claudia Schiffer - Ph: Ellen Von Unwerth for Guess
Ph: Ellen Von Unwerth for Guess
New York:
One Management


Paris:
Marilyn Agency


Hamburg:
Model Management


Copenhagen:
Elite Copenhagen


Milan:
d'management group


She may have been hailed as the second coming of Bridget Bardot during the early stages of her career but Claudia Schiffer has more than distinguished herself in the years since, carving out her own niche as an enduring paragon of sex appeal and sensuality. With over a thousand magazine covers bearing her visage Schiffer remains one of the worlds most photographed women and never fails to snag a high profile campaign with the likes of Dolce & Gabanna, Chanel or longstanding client L’Oreal.
Gisele Bundchen
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Gisele Bundchen - Ph: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for Vogue Paris
Ph: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for Vogue Paris
New York:
IMG


London:
IMG London


Paris:
IMG Paris


Copenhagen:
2pm Model Management


Hamburg:
Model Management


Milan:
IMG Milano


La Bundchen is more than just a model, she’s a full-fledged business. With top tier campaigns and covers whenever she wants them and record setting series of contracts Gisele remains undoubtedly in demand. Add to this the beauty’s unofficial status as a national ambassador for Brazil, complete with appearances at the World Cup and photoshoots alongside futbol’s biggest stars and you begin to understand her status as a cultural icon. In the world of fashion the name Gisele denotes a professionalism, energy and attitude that is downright infectious - no wonder she was selected as the face of the classic Chanel No. 5 - an honor typically reserved for cinema stars.
Iman Abdulmajid
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Iman Abdulmajid - Ph: Yu Tsai for Variety Cover April 2014
Ph: Yu Tsai for Variety Cover April 2014
New York:
One Management


London:
TESS Management


A lasting symbol of power and grace, Iman Abdulmajid remains one of fashion’s most cherished personalities. With a career that spans four decades, Iman has served as an inspiration for everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Halston. Discovered by Peter Beard while attending university, Iman quickly became a favorite of the industry’s biggest photographers - working with Avedon, Scavullo, Lindbergh and all the greats. Today Iman splits her time between modeling, serving as CEO of her wildly successful namesake cosmetics line and raising awareness about conflict minerals and children’s rights via her charity work. 
Kate Moss
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Kate Moss - Ph: Steven Klein for W March 2012
Ph: Steven Klein for W March 2012
New York:
IMG


London:
Storm Model Management


Paris:
Marilyn Agency


Milan:
d'management group


Moreso than any model before or since Kate Moss stands out as an icon of cool. The British beauty is a favorite of designers taking on every ensemble with ease and wearing clothes as though they were a second skin. Her languid look ushered in the age of the waif and she continues to make waves in and out of the pages of magazines. With countless covers and campaigns under her belt Moss has done it all within the world of modeling and carries herself with a knowing swagger that has proved irresistible. As she moves into the next stage of her career Kate’s cool cache takes her into the role of businesswoman and designer with her namesake line for Topshop. 
Linda Evangelista
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Linda Evangelista - Moschino F/W 14 by Steven Meisel
Moschino F/W 14 by Steven Meisel
New York:
DNA Models


London:
Models 1


Sydney:
Priscilla's Model Management


Barcelona:
View Management


One of the greatest of models all time! While other supers have branched out into countless arenas Linda has stayed true to her passion and become the quintessential model of her era. For three decades Evangelista has raised the bar with her tireless commitment to her craft, creating groundbreaking work and inspiring generations of models who have come after her. As the grande dame of modeling Linda has amassed an enviable series of accomplishments, working with the best in the business and holding a special place with fashion's key creatives. For photographers Evangelista serves as the conduit for their most adventurous ideas and brings them to life with grace. Like a true pro she makes it all look easy, chic and effortless. As Steven Meisel's frequent collaborator and the face of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘Model as Muse’ exhibit, Evangelista has personified the ideal of model muse for more than two decades and continues to be as relevant and exciting as ever.
Milla Jovovich
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Milla Jovovich - Vogue Paris February 2013 Cover by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Vogue Paris February 2013 Cover by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
New York:
IMG


Paris:
IMG Paris


Barcelona:
View Management


The transition from top model to respected actress is a tough one, but Milla Jovovich has succeeded in building a career that combines the best of both worlds. As a model Jovovich started early snagging a part in Avedon’s classic Revlon ads when she was only 12. From there she moved to become muse to Peter Lindbergh and star of campaigns for everyone from Christian Dior and Donna Karan to Banana Republic and Gap. In addition to her modeling Jovovich has proved herself a viable box office draw as star of the Resident Evil franchise and a successful musician with two critically acclaimed albums. 
Naomi Campbell
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Naomi Campbell - Ph. Mert & Marcus for Interview Magazine
Ph. Mert & Marcus for Interview Magazine
New York:
Marilyn Agency


Paris:
Marilyn Agency


Milan:
d'management group


Copenhagen:
Scoop Models


Sydney:
Priscilla's Model Management


London:
TESS Management


Barcelona:
Elite Barcelona


Right from the start Naomi Campbell was the total package - that rare combination of sex appeal, attitude, poise and glamour in a body that just doesn't quit. As a personal favorite of every designer worth mentioning (Alaia, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana - just to name a few) and every magazine that matters Naomi is a constant presence in the world of fashion. Throughout her boundary breaking career Campbell has fought to open doors for models of color and made waves as the first black model to ever snag Vogue Paris’ prestigious cover. As Campbell enters into the next phase of her career she has proven herself an intelligent business woman - launching a successful line of fragrances and producing hit television series, The Face. 
Stephanie Seymour
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Stephanie Seymour - Ph. Inez and Vinoodh for Jason Wu
Ph. Inez and Vinoodh for Jason Wu
New York:
IMG


Sydney:
IMG Australia


It goes without saying that Stephanie Seymour has sex appeal to spare - the former face of all things Victoria’s Secret could easily teach a class on seductiveness in her spare time - but it’s the way in which Seymour has used her gifts that makes her special. Seymour’s career stretches 30 years and is filled with high notes - from iconic campaigns for Versace and Valentino, to a full issue of Pop dedicated to her. Seymour inspires devotion and with a fan base that includes Jeff Koons, Azzedine Alaia and Katie Grand, Stephanie is here to stay. 
Tyra Banks
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Tyra Banks - Harper's Bazaar Singapore January 2013 Cover by Gan
Harper's Bazaar Singapore January 2013 Cover by Gan
Milan:
d'management group


Tyra Banks was a model mogul before the term became trendy and continues to lead the way via her expansive multi-media empire. As a model she broke barriers as the first black woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s bestselling swimsuit issue and served as the longtime face for brands like Cover Girl and Victoria’s Secret. With the launch of her eponymous talk show and the America’s Next Top Model franchise Tyra continued to make strides, becoming one of television’s best known personalities.