When she was only twenty years old, Gemma Ward made twenty-five thousand dollars per runway show. By then, she had also fronted a Calvin Klein campaign and was a muse for designer Miuccia Prada. Ward was on her way to becoming the next Kate Moss.
But the unfortunate passing of her boyfriend, Heath Ledger, made her take some time off. After a break that ran for five years, she signed with IMG Models and returned to the runways. Her resume now also includes a bit of acting in movies such as “The Great Gatsby” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Tim Blanks, a fashion journalist, said that Shalom Harlow has a body made for couture, and he was right. And the place she was discovered is pretty unexpected, truth be told. After a scout spotted her at a "The Cure" concert at the age of seventeen, she quickly became a prominent model.
Harlow posed for luxury brands like Chanel and Dior. The Cure might not play as many shows as they did back then, but Shalom is still rocking the catwalks and social media. She walked in Versace's Spring 2019 show and became one of the central figures of the fashion house's spring campaign.
Tyra Banks was the first black woman to be on the cover of “Sports Illustrated,” kick-started “America's Next Top Model,” and even wrote a young adult novel. Tyra was also one of Victoria's Secret's most popular models – more sold bras are attributed to her than to any other model.
Banks is now a mother and is constantly working for a number of charity causes. One of her biggest missions is to help young girls with self-esteem issues, and she has also established a scholarship program that helps young black girls to attend the high school that she herself attended.
Tatjana Patitz was a talented model from Germany who blew up in the nineties, working with brands like Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Cartier, Versace, and Calvin Klein. Over the years, she worked beside supermodels Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and others in George Michael's “Freedom '90" music video.
While she could have any designer clothes imaginable, she was a fan of simple jeans and riding boots. For the most part, Patitz walked away from the spotlight, choosing to live with her son Johan and their many animals on a Santa Barbara ranch in California. She sadly passed away in early 2023 after battling cancer.
Frankie Rayder is best known for her Victoria's Secret campaigns. However, she's added many more strings to her bow over the years. She has adorned magazines, window showcased, and the long catwalk for more than three decades. She also won the prestigious "model of the year" award, which was sponsored by Vogue.
What we love most about Rayder is that not only does she slip smoothly into brands that are top of the range and high-end fashion names, but she also represents eye leveled stores such as GAP and Godiva Chocolates ( which used to be prestige but can be found today in every high street store).