Not many models can say that they took a hiatus from modeling in their teens, only to return to it before 18 and find stardom once again. That’s what happened with Angela Lindvall. During the 2000s, Lidnvall reigned supreme, appearing in every top magazine around as well as working with Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Calvin Klein, Miu Miu, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and more. Yikes!
And it’s not just super modeling that Lindvall has excelled in over the years. Today, she is a staunch environmentalist and is the founder and president of the Collage Foundation, an organization “promoting sustainability and environmentally conscious choices among young people.”
We've discussed many models from the 70s here, but according to Yves Saint Laurent, Marisa Berenson was the girl. Berenson began modeling at 16 years old, working with YSL, Halston, Azzedine Alaïa, and more. In the late 70s and 80s, Berenson also starred in many films, including "Killer Fish," "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud," and "White Hunter Black Heart. "
Her enduring passion for the arts was evident in her later stage performance, affirming her status as a multi-talented and timeless beauty. Her most recent appearance was in 2016, where she appeared in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Garrick Theatre in London as Lady Capulet.
The great Jerry Hall truly manifested her dream life after she booked herself a one-way ticket to France. After chilling on a beach in St. Tropez, she was discovered. Weeks later, she was appearing on the cover of fashion mags being photographed by the likes of Helmut Newton. In addition to her modeling career, Hall was famous for her highly publicized relationships with rockstar Bryan Ferry and eventual husband (and ultimate ex-husband), Mick Jagger.
In 2010 Hall tried her hand at writing and performing country and western music and performed at Glastonbury! Love life-wise, The former model found love with Rupert Murdoch in 2015 and tied the knot in 2016.
Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons rose to stardom at just 13 years old, modeling throughout the 90s for top fashion houses like Valentino, Fendi, and Karl Lagerfeld (who he himself dubbed Kimora as the "Face of the 21st Century.") In 1998 the former model married music mogul and entrepreneur Russel Simmons, and together they ventured into creating a fashion line.
Her brand, "Baby Phat," became one of the top brands in the 2000s. And turned her attention toward fashion design. In August 2020, she announced the Baby Phat Beauty line curated by her daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee. Yes, the apple did not fall far.
When Alek Wek came onto the scene, no one had seen anyone quite like her. Healing from South Sudan, Wek found refuge in London at 14 years old. With her buzzcut and darker skin tone, she sparked a media frenzy. Despite the discrimination, the woman won MTV's model of the year in 1997- she was just 19 years old.
Since her modeling days, Wek has written a book about her life entitled "Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel," appeared as a judge in the 16th season of "America's Next Top Model," and has been involved with the UN Refugee Agency working with refugees from South Sudan.