Kate Moss, Christy Turlington lead the pack of in-demand faces
That recent British BusinessAge article ranking the world’s wealthiest models could have used a little remodeling. Given that the careers of Claudia Schiffer (No. 3, with $31.2 million) and Linda Evangelista (No. 4, with $25.9 million) are as crusty as year-old mascara, it was more of a guide to the world’s wealthiest ex-models. So who are today’s most in-demand faces? After talking to fashion magazine editors and factoring in covers, big contracts, and industry buzz, here’s our list of the models who could have Cindy Crawford (No. 2, with $32.8 million) clamoring for a makeover.
1 KATE MOSS
THE WAIF Age: 23. Lucrative ad contracts (Calvin Klein, L’Oreal) and fashion mag covers (six in last 12 months) make Moss boss. Also gets points for famous ex-beau (Johnny Depp) and rumored fling (Leonardo DiCaprio).
2 CHRISTY TURLINGTON
THE MODEL’S MODEL Age: 29. The only member of the Linda-Naomi-Christy troika who still tracks like a supermodel. But she’s got issues these days: This full-time NYU liberal arts major now prefers Milton to Milan.
3 AMBER VALLETTA/SHALOM HARLOW
THE GIRLFRIENDS Ages: 24; 23. Love ’em or hate ’em (many do), Valletta vamps for Elizabeth Arden; Harlow, a high-fashion darling, could become a Hollywood fave thanks to In & Out. But RuPaul is still more of a household name than they are.
4 ANGELA LINDVALL
NEXT BIG THING Age: 19. Racking up covers (W,Vogue) and ads (Missoni, Prada) as quickly as Christie Brinkley gets married. Fear is she could suffer a sophomore slump like Bridget Hall (though Hall’s back with Gucci’s fall ads).
5 CAROLYN MURPHY
THE PRO Age: 23. Adored by editors for her chameleon-like looks and unflagging dependability, even if beaming’s not her strong suit. ”Cover Girl was dying to use her, but her smile is a bit of a problem,” says WWD’s Michel Botbol.
6 TYRA BANKS/REBECCA ROMIJN
THE BOMBSHELLS Ages: 23; 25. Being in the upright and locked position means no respect from the fashionistas, but who cares when there are GQ covers to shoot? Drawback: Romijn hasn’t made her mark on House of Style yet.
7 CINDY CRAWFORD
THE GRANDE DAME Age: 32. Trying to figure out life after supermodeldom, Crawford hopes to make a home at ABC. Though a Revlon mainstay, she faces competition from actresses-turned-models Halle Berry and Salma Hayek.
8 STELLA TENNANT
THE BLUE BLOOD Age: 25. Hard to say what’s more regal, her lineage (her family’s Burke’s Peerage all the way) or her fashion ads (Chanel). Currently on maternity leave, will likely maintain her silver spoon sheen.
9 NAOMI CAMPBELL
THE DIVA Age: 26. Roving ambassador model, thanks to photo ops with Castro and Mandela. Has her ‘tude worn thin? ”I’m sure in Naomi’s world, Naomi thinks she’s big,” says MTV’s Alisa Bellettini. Still, she’s the subject of a VH1 special in July.
10 KAREN ELSON/MAGGIE RIZER/SUNNIVA
THE REDHEADS Ages: 19; 20; 17. When you want quirky looks and flaming manes, they are who you’re gonna call. ”I like them a lot,” says Paper’s Mickey Boardman, ”though Maggie and Karen [shown left] can’t walk.”
11 ESTHER CANADAS
THE LIPS Age: 21. She claims they’re collagen-free (see right), but the guessing game goes on while she graces such magazine covers as Elle and Mademoiselle. ”Her whole vibe is sex, complete 100% sex,” says Bellettini. ”It’s great.”
12 ERIN O’CONNOR
THE THROWBACK Age: 20. Her androgynous ’60s-meets-punk vibe fits right in with edgy Versace and Dolce & Gabbana stylings. But she’ll be a full-on supermodel only when Siouxsie & the Banshees make a comeback.
13 ELLE MACPHERSON
THE BODY Age: 34. More of a capitalist than a clotheshorse. (No. 1, with $35.1 million on the BusinessAge list, thanks to her lingerie line.) She did ads for milk while pregnant and is considered one of the few models who can act.
14 NIKI TAYLOR
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR Age: 22. Despite a tumultuous personal life (she’s now a divorced mom with twins; her sister Krissy died of asthma in 1995), she’s always in demand. ”She’s been on our best-selling covers,” says Allure‘s Linda Wells.
15 VICTORIA’S SECRET VIXENS
THE VIXENS Though Stephanie Seymour, 29, Laetitia Casta, 20, and Helena Christensen, 29, are snubbed by elitists for their undie work, they are among the best-paid posers ever. (Not to mention the most lusted after.)
ALEK WEK, 20 Sudanese stunner who made a splash at the fall show]
LING, 23 Asian star of Prescriptives ads
AUDREY MARNAY, 17 Dead ringer for that other Audrey
KIARA, 22 Only black model to get a Vogue cover (July 1997) since Naomi did it two years ago
GISELE BUNDCHEN, 19 Coming to a Ralph Lauren ad near you