Sunday 18 February 2018

Changing shapes

1940s: Widely acknowledged as the world's first supermodel, Swedish stunner Lisa Fonssagrives struck a pose on over 200 Vogue covers -- a record still unmatched by today's top models. With cheekbones you could open your mail with and a cinched17-inch waist, the ballet dancer-turned-clothes-hanger ushered in an era of impossible elegance.

1960s: It was the decade that saw the birth of the mini-skirt, and only someone as tiny as Twiggy could make one look good. Born Leslie Hornsby, the original waif certainly lived up to her nickname. A revolution packaged in the body of a 12- year-old boy, she put the Mod into model while consigning Marilyn Monroe's curves to history.

1980s: Dubbed simply 'The Body', Aussie institution Elle Macpherson had the power to make grown men weep when she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue over and over again in the 1980s. Boasting legs up to her eyeballs, luscious blonde locks and a year-round tan, she was Bondi Beach in a bombshell -- heralding a healthier looking clothes horse.

1990s: Just when we thought it was safe to eat dinner -- with shapely supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Tyra Banks ruling the runway -- along comes Kate Moss. Virtually inventing the term 'heroin-chic', the stick-thin sensation shot to fame in a Calvin Klein ad campaign alongside Mark Wahlberg in 1993. Her perennial pre-pubescent look has made her one of the highest paid supermodels on the planet.

2000s: As the size-zero battle rages, the inevitable backlash begins. First voluptuous Sophie Dahl sheds all (apart from pounds), to appear in the nip for Yves Saint Laurent perfume brand Opium. Then in 2006, size-16 supermodel Crystal Renn sashays down the runway arm-in-arm with Jean Paul Gaultier in a custom-made frock. Representing some kind of middle ground between size zero and plus-size, Brazilian Amazonian Gisele Bundchen is today's most loaded supermodel.

Irish Independent

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