You might know her a little better as an actress in films like “Taxi,” and “Moonlighting” but Cybill Shepard actually got her shot in the limelight when she was voted “Miss Teenage Memphis” in 1966 and won the 1968 “Model of the Year” award.
The awards led her to a successful modeling career, becoming a fashion icon during the early 70s. In fact, her appearance on the cover of Glamor in 1970 is what caught director Peter Bogdanovich’s eye, ultimately earning her a role in “The Last Picture Show.” These days you can catch Cybill on “The L-Word” playing alongside Jane Lynch!
Nothing goes better together than models and rockstars. Linda Keith understandably become the apple of many a rocker's eye, namely Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix, and has even been credited with successfully guiding Hendrix toward success. She was a true rock and roll supermodel.
Keith is also known to be the subject of the Rolling Stones song "Ruby Tuesday." Aside from involvement in the 60s rock scene, she is, of course, also known for striking Vogue covers from the era. Keith disappeared after the 60s rock craze and reportedly lives with her family in New Orleans - a far cry from her former life.
Imagine having a whole career just because you look like someone else. That's exactly what happened to Linda Morand, who was discovered at art school for sharing a striking resemblance to fellow 60s icon Jackie O. Thanks to original modeling agent Eileen Ford aka, "The Grand Dame of the Modelling industry," Linda Morad found herself modeling for French haute couture shows - a first for American fashion.
Her modeling career died down shortly after, but she's become a mainstay guest of the hottest fashion events. Linda Morand's unique connection to Jackie O propelled her into the spotlight, and her runway success opened doors for future American models in the Parisian fashion scene.
In the 60s, a time when intolerance was rife in America, Naomi Sims, an African American model, graced the 1967 edition of the New York Times fashion supplement. All of this was done completely without the help of agents, as she went directly to photographers. She was a true trailblazer.
When the now-famous modeling agency Wilhemina Models was in its infancy, Sims was one of the first to sign on. She also made history as the first black model to be on the cover of both Ladies Home and Journal Life. Tragically Sims passed away in 2009 after battling a long-term illness.
Marie Helvin was 15 years old and on a trip to Japan with her mother when her life completely changed. The teen was signed on to Kanebo, a leading Japanese cosmetics line, subsequently becoming the face of the line. Her success in Japan led her to London, ultimately causing her to relocate and work for Yves Saint Laurent.
Brands like Versace and Valentino followed. During her work at Vogue, she met the legendary photographer David Bailey; they fell in love and wed in 1975 but divorced ten years later. Helvin retired during the 80s but has still maintained her spot in the public eye with appearances in British Vogue aweel as a judge on Britain's Next Top Model.