Bold shoulders, big hair, and a whole lot of bling characterised fashion in the ’80s. We’re talking Dynasty days, darling. It was a time when flaunting excess was de rigueur, when designers like Christian Lacroix, Claude Montana, Carolyne Roehm, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, and Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld piled on the pomp and pageantry. And there to strut down their runways and grace their campaigns were the top models. They served as muses, walking embodiments of the glamour they sought to present.
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From Iman and Anna Bayle to Jerry Hall and Brooke Shields, these veritable icons paved the way for the It girls of the ’90s, the perceived heyday of the modelling industry when Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell reigned supreme. Indeed, these names and more prove that supermodels existed well before the era of elegance. They commanded sizeable checks, were stalwarts on billboards and commercials, and attracted headlines for their jet-setting lifestyles. Below, check out the top 20 who epitomised the more-is-more mindset of the ’80s.
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