Over the weekend, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen return in a surprising reunion on Versace’s runway as a tribute to the late legendary designer Gianni Versace, who passed away 20 years ago. The move was met with rapturous applause and a standing ovation, as several fans and fashion insiders expressed that there is a dire need for “real supermodels” on the runway, rather than the so-called “insta-girls” who got their coveted spots through reality TV popularity and sheer numbers of their Instagram followers. The world was thirsty for this epic fashion moment, and only these iconic and irreplaceable models were able to elicit such an explosive response.
Schiffer, 47, Campbell, 47, Bruni, 49, Crawford, 51, and Christensen, 48, all teamed up again to revive “Versace’s Golden Girls,” a group of stunning models who dominated the fashion scene in the 90’s.
Versace’s Golden Girls in the early 90’s
It was as if time had stopped as five of the original Golden Girls looked ageless and they still gave off that overwhelming presence on the runway, truly embodying what it really means to be a “supermodel.” Here are reasons that make them so great:
Aside from being a sought-after model, Carla’s portfolio extends to being a singer-songwriter. The French-Italian stunner started her modelling career from 1987 to 1997 before taking up a career in music. She got married to Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, in 2008. She got signed on to the modeling agency City Models at age 19, and Paul Marciano, then president and creative director of Guess, discovered her photo and got her to model for his brand. And the rest, as they say, is history. By the 1990s, Bruni was among the 20 highest-paid fashion models, earning US$7.5 million in her peak year. In 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Bruni as the 35th most powerful woman in the world.
Claudia first rose to fame due to her likeness to the beautiful actress Bridgitte Bardot, but along the way she proved herself not only through her looks but also her genuine talent. The German-born model initially wanted to become a lawyer, until a top modeling agent spotted her in a nightclub, which changed her life. With her stunning face and her ability to appeal to a global audience, she was chosen to be in over a thousand magazine covers, garnering a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2002, Forbes estimated her net worth to be around US$55 million. She went on to become an actress and a designer of cashmere collections which she debuted in Paris Fashion Week. She was considered as the ultimate blonde bombshell of her time.
Naomi Campbell is notorious for her diva attitude which has been written in every major gossip newspaper and told by fellow models of her time. But whether those rumors are true or not, no one can deny that she had every reason to be demanding, as she has established herself as the number one model in the 80’s to 90’s, even until now. The English model’s first public appearance came at the age of seven, in 1978, when she was featured in the music video for Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” As she grew up she became the muse of prominent designers such as Gianni Versace, Azzedine Alaïa and Isaac Mizrahi. Together with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, Campbell became part of what was widely known as the “Trinity,” three of the most recognizable models in the 80’s. Today, she is active in TV shows, particularly the series “Empire,” and she still makes special appearances in runways. She still remains as fashion’s “Catwalk Queen.”
Nowadays, the name mentioned in every fashion news is Kaia Gerber, but that’s only because her fame is preceded by her mother: Cindy Crawford. The American model rose to fame in the international scene in the 80’s and 90’s and is widely known for her trademark mole just above her lip. In 1995, Forbes magazine named her the highest paid model on the planet. Even in her late 40’s, Crawford still lists in several prestigious rankings as one of the most beautiful and sexiest women in the world.
Out of all the supermodels who walked the Versace reunion, Christensen is the only beauty queen, having won Miss Universe in 1986 representing her home country, Denmark. Soon after winning the crown she moved to Paris to pursue modeling. Aside from her talent as a model, she has an eye for photography, and her work appeared in Nylon, Elle, and Marie Claire. In 2014, Christensen worked on a photography series: Libery Ross, Liv Tyler, and The Pursuit of Grace. . In 2016, she was announced as the “Global Explorer” for the Luxury Collection Hotels and Resorts, for her extensive travels and photography.