Top 10 Most Famous Female Models of All Time

These top models have reached the pinnacle of their industry, gracing the top magazines, walking catwalks all over the globe and making millions in the process.

10. Heidi Klum

This German model has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, been the first German model to become a Victorias Secret Angel and in 2011 was ranked second on the Forbes list of the “Worlds Top-Earning Models.”

9. Christy Turlington

Christy Turlington has graced over 500 magazine covers and appeared in numerous advertising campaigns and music videos. In 1990 she famously appeared in George Michael’s Freedom Video alongside other top models of the time such as Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford.


8. Tyra Banks

Famously the first African-American woman to feature on the covers of the Victorias Secret catalogue, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and GQ, Banks also received the VH1 award for “Supermodel Of The Year” in 1997. She is also the creator of the TV show ‘America’s Next Top Model.’

7. Elle Macpherson

Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson holds the record for the most appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, gracing the cover five times.

6. Iman

Also well known as the widow of the late David Bowie, Somalia born Iman’s first ever modelling assignment in 1976 was for Vogue magazine. Following this, she was in demand to star on the cover of many prestigious magazines and soon established herself as a supermodel.

5. Twiggy

Top 1960’s model Twiggy was so named because of her waif-like stature. She was crowned “The face of 1966” by the Daily Express and has graced the covers of Vogue and Tatler.

4. Claudia Schiffer

The Guinness World Record Holder for appearing on the most magazine covers (over one thousand), German-born Claudia Schiffer rose to fame in the 1990’s and still has a contract with Loreal as one of its longest-serving ambassadors.

3. Naomi Campbell

Famous as the first black woman to grace the cover of French Vogue, Campbell was named as “The reigning megamodel of them all” by Interview Magazine and is generally viewed to be one the definitive supermodels of the 1990’s.

2. Kate Moss

Known for her waif-like figure, Kate Moss initially found fame in the 1990’s. She is particularly famous for her Calvin Klein campaigns and has appeared on the front page of numerous publications. In 2013 she received an award acknowledging her 25-year long contribution to fashion at the British Fashion Awards.

1. Cindy Crawford

With a long career in modelling, since rising to fame in the 1980’s Cindy Crawford has featured on the cover of too many magazines to count. She has also fronted advertising campaigns for a vast array of top brands ranging from Versace to Pepsi. Consistently ranking highly on lists of the world sexiest people for decades, although she officially quit modelling in 2000 she still occasionally appears on magazines and in 2017 closed the Versace Spring/Summer fashion show.