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5 Lessons in Authentic ’90s Glamour From the Original Supermodels

These models’ looks made them famous, but their careers have endured because of their charisma and presence and charm. Beamed into the spotlight as teens, these were hard-won attributes born out of an unshakeable work ethic. “They weren’t born into this,” said the filmmaker behind George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” music video. “They came into the industry from various backgrounds, normal girls. And they surpassed the world they entered into.” After all, a clothes hanger cannot hold a conversation on a late-night talk show, and so perhaps it’s worth flicking through a book.

Friendship is a glamorous pursuit…

Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington.

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“There was a sisterhood there, defined by caring and loyalty: when one is down you pick the other one up,” Campbell says in the September 2023 issue. And it was this cast-iron bond that saw the supermodels positioned as a kind of fashion girl group within the public eye. It was Christy who convinced Cindy to walk twice for Marc Jacobs. Naomi was green-lit for her first Michael Kors show after her friends persuaded him to let her fill in for a late cancellation. And when Linda’s marriage began to disintegrate in 1993, it was Christy who came to her rescue.

Be playful…

Naomi Campbell.

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