The September issue of Vogue features four of the most iconic supermodels of the ’80s and ’90s: Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington. The magazine calls them “The Greatest of All Time” and reveals what it’s like to be in the “supermodel bubble” after decades of dominating the fashion industry.
But how much are these legendary beauties worth today? And who are the other top earners among the supermodels of the ’80s? Here’s a look at some of the most successful and influential models from that era and their current net worth, according to CelebrityNetWorth.
Cindy Crawford: $400 million
Cindy Crawford is one of the most recognizable faces in the world, thanks to her trademark mole and stunning features. She was discovered at 16 and quickly rose to fame as one of the original “Big Five” supermodels, along with Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz. She graced over 600 magazine covers, walked for the biggest designers, and starred in iconic ads for Pepsi, Revlon, Calvin Klein, and more. She also ventured into acting, hosting, fitness, and business, launching her own skincare line Meaningful Beauty and furniture line Cindy Crawford Home. She is married to businessman Rande Gerber and has two children, Kaia and Presley, who are also models.
Naomi Campbell: $80 million
Naomi Campbell is widely regarded as one of the most influential models of all time, as well as one of the first Black supermodels to break barriers in the industry. She was scouted at 15 and became part of the “Big Five” and the “Trinity” with Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. She appeared on over 500 magazine covers, including the first Black model to cover French Vogue and Time. She also walked for every major fashion house, such as Chanel, Versace, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. She is known for her fierce personality, activism, philanthropy, and celebrity friendships. She has also dabbled in music, acting, writing, and producing.
Christy Turlington: $40 million
Christy Turlington is another member of the “Big Five” and the “Trinity”, who was discovered at 14 by a local photographer. She became one of the most sought-after models in the ’80s and ’90s, working with top photographers like Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, and Annie Leibovitz. She was the face of Calvin Klein for over 20 years and also modeled for Maybelline, Chanel, Prada, Valentino, and more. She is also an avid yogi, author, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She founded Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization that supports maternal health around the world. She is married to actor Edward Burns and has two children.
Linda Evangelista: $30 million
Linda Evangelista is often called “the chameleon” of the fashion industry for her ability to transform her look with different hairstyles and colors. She was part of the “Big Five” and the “Trinity”, as well as one of the most influential models in history. She famously said that she doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, reflecting her high demand and status. She has been on over 700 magazine covers and worked with every major brand and photographer. She is also known for her friendship with Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington, as well as her relationships with actors Kyle MacLachlan and Vincent Perez.
Iman: $100 million
Iman is one of the first Black supermodels to achieve international fame and success. She was born in Somalia and studied political science at university before being discovered by photographer Peter Beard. She moved to New York in 1976 and became an instant sensation in the fashion world. She modeled for Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, and more. She also appeared in films like Out of Africa and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. She married rock legend David Bowie in 1992 and had a daughter with him. She also launched her own cosmetics line Iman Cosmetics in 1994, catering to women of color.
Other notable supermodels of the ’80s
- Elle Macpherson: $95 million
- Claudia Schiffer: $60 million
- Stephanie Seymour: $25 million
- Paulina Porizkova: $10 million
- Brooke Shields: $40 million