Devon Aoki – the name might be familiar – ruled more than just the fashion world, you know. She had a debut season that made her famous almost right away, and then she became a design muse for Karl Lagerfeld. For several seasons, Devon closed out his shows as his Chanel bride.
She also appeared on screen, wowing audiences with her beauty in “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Sin City.” Now retired from the runway, Aoki lives with her husband, James Bailey, and their three children. Her brother, musician Steve Aoki, has featured her in several of his music videos.
Kathy Ireland got her start as a famous model, but her real skills lie in the business world. It all began back in 1993 when she took out a whopping fifty thousand dollar loan to launch her own brand of socks. Not perfume, undergarments, or shoes, but socks. Can you imagine?
You may be familiar with the Kathy Ireland Worldwide brand, sometimes branded kiWW, which is now a marketing firm. The firm boasts more than one billion dollars in sales annually, so the lesson is clear: If you want to make a fortune, socks are a great place to start. Believe it or not.
Before she was even at the age where she was allowed to drive legally, Lara Stone had already been signed to Elite Modeling Agency. Ever since then, she has been showing off the gap in her teeth and her bright blonde brows on the runway, working for the likes of Stella McCartney and Prada.
Lara's look was so iconic and memorable that, amazingly, it inspired Tyra Banks to have a contestant's tooth gap widened on season sixteen of “America's Next Top Model.” Now closer to forty than thirty, Stone is still a model and is entirely recognizable all the way across the fashion world.
Coco Rocha was in an Irish dance competition in 2002 when she was scouted, launching a decade-plus career with plenty of fashion campaigns, runway walks, and even editorials. People called her the “Queen of Pose” because she was both regal and intentional in her posing.
In 2016, Rocha purchased the ownership stake of the Nomad Mgmt Modeling Agency, becoming a brand director who helps map the careers of younger models. As a private trainer, she's worked with both Kendall and Kylie Jenner and has launched the Coco Rocha Camp, a four-day master class for those who want to become models.
Yasmin Le Bon
Born in 1964 to Iranian-English parents, Yasmin Le Bon brought a combination of traditional western beauty and exoticism. Her break came in 1987 when "Guess" hired her to be the face of a new campaign, and it was only the beginning.
Magazine covers and runways helped her become famous, but she has remained grounded – she and her husband, Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon, are still married after over thirty years. Le Bon still does a bit of modeling, and in 2012 she even posed in a dress that weighed more than a hundred pounds – almost as much as she did.