It’s impossible to narrow down a decade, but we’ve selected a few of our favorite model moments over the past 10 years. Though we’ve only been around for just about a year, our model appreciation spans time. Celebrate the New Year with a quick remembrance of major model moments of the past decade.
Vogue Model covers
We’re not sure how they do it, but the folks at Vogue have a penchant in forecasting which newcomers will strike gold in the fashion industry—and they haven’t slipped up yet. Their May 2007 issue crowned Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Raquel Zimmermann, Chanel Iman, Agyness Deyn, Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova, Hilary Rhoda, Caroline Trentini, and Doutzen Kroes the World’s Next Top Models. It’s been over two years since that issue came out and we’re still reporting on these girls’ latest campaigns. This year Caroline and Raquel were featured a second time in the Model issue alongside Natasha Poly, Liya Kebede, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Anna Jagodzinska, and Natalia Vodianova—all names we consistently keep talking about. It seems Vogue has yet to be proven wrong, and we can’t wait to see what the next crop will bring.
All Black Issue of Vogue Italia
Vogue Italia decided the lack of diversity on the runway was simply not acceptable, so, in order to make their opinion known, took to the glossy’s pages. The July 2008 issue of the magazine featured only black models, including Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, and Naomi Campbell. Readers swarmed newsstands, Tyra Banks celebrated in the streets, and the issue has since become major model memorabilia.
Model Rocker Offspring
Rock & roll stars and models have always gone hand in hand, but the Aughts found their offspring taking over the industry. Between Georgia May Jagger’s landslide fame, Daisy Lowe’s consistent talent, and Amber Le Bon’s newly found runway appreciation, the rocker babies who entered the modeling world are sure to enter the Teens with just as powerful of a movement.
Model Baby Breakout Year
The year 2009 saw models taking a pause from the careers in order to further their family lives, as no less than five models made the year officially a baby-obsessed 12 months. Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Jourdan Dunn, and Gisele Bündchen all made the world a prettier place with their supermodel spawn.
World Wide Web of Models
While the world embraced blogging and Twitter took over the fashion industry, models followed suit by creating their own sites and @replying to their followers. Suddenly the leggy ladies seen on the runway were that much more accessible and opened their personal lives to fans through technology.
Discontent to focus their attentions on just modeling, the girls embraced their talents and stepped into different worlds. During the Aughts, Tyra Banks launched (and sadly canceled) her talk show, while at the same time creating and hosting America’s Next Top Model. Carol Alt not only changed her lifestyle with raw food, but those of her fans as well by penning two books on the subject. Molly Sims created her very own jewelry line, Noot Seear and Lily Cole transitioned into movie roles, Erin Wasson found her stylist abilities in her eccentric fashion sense, while Cindy Crawford decorated the home.
Return of the Supermodel
We’d like to argue that the world’s fascination with supermodels never really went anywhere, but the final years of the Aughts found a return to supermodel affection. Where once the ad campaigns were dominated by actor and actresses, designers found their original muses yet again and our magazines overflowed with models posing for editorials and ad campaigns alike.
Project Runway Makes Heidi a Household Name
Perhaps the decade’s return to the supermodel is due in part to one model in particular: Heidi Klum. It didn’t take long for the reality show with a creative twist to become a hit, and the folks at Bravo knew what they were doing when they hired Heidi to host. Who better to help judge new designers’ creations than a model entrenched in the world of fashion? When the show’s ratings soared, so did Heidi’s.
With constant reports of families and children around the world dying from hunger and/or disease because they’re too poor to help themselves, charities have become a huge initiative as of late. Compassionate people everywhere able to contribute seemed to dig deep into their pockets to help, and never before have we seen models’ grandeur on display to such an extent. Natalia Vodianova started the Naked Heart Foundation, Dayle Haddon teamed up with UNICEF, Selita Ebanks cofounded the charity Women’s Coalition of Empowerment and Opportunities, Jessica Stam helps raise money for charity:water, Christy Turlington is the spokeswoman for (RED), and Gisele Bündchen was named a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Environment Program. Just goes to show how big a model’s heart truly is.
Met Ball 2009, “The Model as Muse”
Though the Costume Institute puts on their Met Gala year after year, this one held a special place in Modelinia’s heart as the theme was “The Model as Muse,” celebrating the tireless models in the fashion industry and their achievements. From the cover of the tome featuring Linda Evangelista to the exhibit down model memory lane to the star-studded evening of models, the event was a rousing success.