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.
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.
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."
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.
Inès de La Fressange
When it comes to Inès de La Fressange, modeling and fashion run in her DNA, the French beauty's mother was a model in Argentina! The woman was born to model haute couture and became a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld during the early 80s, who singlehandedly revived the apparently then "dead brand." We'll give some credit to Inès, who understandably was some sort of muse.
While certainly less active today, the style icon walked the runway for Gaultier during an event at age 51, and for the Chanel spring-summer 2011 show. Inès was married to French nobleman Luigi d'Urso until his death in 2006. Together they raised two daughters.