There have been few Victoria’s Secret models more profitable for the company than Adriana Lima. Her first time on the runway was when she was only seventeen, and she went on to become the longest-running Angel of all time. Lima has been in twenty televised shows, and her skills on the runway helped her get gigs with Fendi, Vera Wang, Prada, and Alexander McQueen.
She hung up her lingerie in 2018 and hasn’t been on a runway since. After so many years as the world’s second-highest-paid model, Adriana deserves some rest and relaxation. There is no denying that Lima is one of the most well-recognized supermodels on this list.
Beverly Peele began working as a model at the surprising age of just twelve. Her first magazine cover, “Mademoiselle,” came in 1989. From there, she moved on to “Vogue,” “ELLE,” and “Cosmopolitan,” and walked for Prada, Comme des Garcon, and John Galliano.
Despite her atmospheric success, Beverly took a step back in 1993 to raise her daughter Cairo. Since then, she has had three more children, her sons Trey and DJ and daughter Storm. In 2017, Beverly and Storm appeared on the Lifetime docu-series “Growing Up Supermodel,” a show that follows the careers of the children of famous models such as Peele.
Claudia Schiffer was the very first model to appear on the cover of “Rolling Stone.” Once the highest-paid model in the world, she was bringing in something like fifty thousand dollars a day, and she was prolific, too: Claudia has appeared on magazine covers more than five hundred times.
Trying her hand at acting, she appeared in “Love Actually” and “Zoolander.” Claudia is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and was also a part of the Arts and Entertainment Support Committee. In addition to her humanitarian efforts, Claudia Schiffer launched her own fashion line and published an autobiography chronicling her illustrious career.
Brooke Shields seems to have been through it all in the world of supermodeling and beyond. She got her first modeling gig when she was only eleven months old, appearing in an ad for Ivory Soap. From her controversial advertisements with Calvin Klein to multiple covers during the eighties, Shields was at the forefront of the industry.
Now in her fifties, Brooke would rather act than model. Her acting credits include appearing in “Friends,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Jane the Virgin,” and more. She is an outspoken advocate for women suffering from postpartum blues and was the executive producer for “When the Bough Breaks,” a documentary about this unspoken problem.
There is nothing like making history. Beverly Johnson was the very first African-American model to appear on the cover of American “Vogue” in 1974, paving the way for all the other models of color. Before she arrived, black models were rare, but after her, it was a whole new world.
Now in her sixties, Johnson is still a looker. She has written a book, “Beverly Johnson's Guide to a Life of Health and Beauty,” and she was a celebrity judge on “The Face,” where contestants compete for a modeling contract. Beverly Johnson also has a successful wig and hair collection.