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Zaftig sex siren once said, “Supermodels, like we once were, don’t exist any more.” True. Once models were stars; now stars have become models. Entertainers rule magazine covers while faceless figures walk the ramp and shrink into darkness. There are exceptions like Brazil

Zaftig sex siren once said, “Supermodels, like we once were, don’t exist any more.” True. Once models were stars; now stars have become models. Entertainers rule magazine covers while faceless figures walk the ramp and shrink into darkness.

There are exceptions like Brazilian hottie , the face and body of 20 global brands and the world’s richest model.

But in an age where money does the talking and beauty lies in the hands of the air brusher, the marquee is largely what matters. Because Gen Next hasn’t learnt to sizzle quite like them. Because it’s still Schiffer, , Kate Moss and who take a dress from drab to dram, with just a toss of the hair and a swirl of the derriere. No surprise then that Moss bagged 18 modelling contracts for the Autumn/Winter 2006 season just months after her cocaine scandal.

That Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson continues to sell more pin up posters than any actress in Hollywood. And fashion suffers the tantrums of Campbell and the razor tongue of Evangelista. These are women who have redefined style, given gravitas to fashion and created images for brands. They’ve lent fashion the voice that clothes can only yearn to. But there’s hope. In the shape of young Gemma Ward, Adrian Lima and . As fashion comes full circle yet again as of course it will the new crop will create its own niche and conquer couture. Meanwhile, here’s saluting the cats of the catwalk.

Drugged on Glam: Kate Moss

Date of birth: January 16, 1974

Place of birth: Addiscombe, Croydon, England

Height: 5 feet, 6 inches

Hair colour: Naturally brown, currently blond

Eye colour: HazelWeight: 48 kg

In an era when the curvy silhouette was the call of the day, she wooed the ramp with her waif like figure and became fashion’s first lady setting trends and breaking rules.

Kate Moss

She is Kate Moss, UK’s biggest fashion export. Discovered at the age of 14 at JJFK airport by Storm Model Management while returning from a vacation in the Bahamas, she went on to star on the cover of over 300 magazines. Unusually short for a ramp model, she’s modelled nude for an ad campaign for Calvin Klein’s Obsession perfume. She may have a five year old daughter, but Moss won the Sexiest Woman NME Award and made a first appearance in the Sunday Times Rich List in 2007, when she was estimated to be worth 45 million.

In mid 2007, Forbes put her at second position on the list of the world’s top earning supermodels, for earning an estimated $9 million in the past 12 months. The loot comes courtesy campaigns with designer brands such as Gucci, Dolce Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Missoni, Longchamp, David Yurman,
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Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Rimmel, and Bvlgari. Last year saw her signing a multi million pound deal with UK’s Topshop to design her own clothing range exclusively for the chain. Incidentally, Moss is as famous for her personal dressing style and headline making lifestyle as her work. She’s won the coveted Council of Fashion Designers of America’s fashion influence award and a place on Vanity Fair’s international best dressed list.

She is often credited with popularising items as diverse as the Ugg boot, ballet flats, denim cutoff shorts, Pirate Boots, Marc Jacobs ankle boots, YSL’s Muse bag, Vivienne Westwood skinny jeans, Alexander McQueen’s skull scarf, Louis Vuitton’s Sprouse Leopard Cashmere Scarf, and the Balenciaga handbag. Her relationship with singer Pete Doherty is not her only link with the sound of music. Moss has made a foray into that world by appearing in numerous music videos, providing vocals for songs and DJing. Her career may have been plagued by controversy, including the highly published cocaine scandal that lost her modelling contracts with several international companies overnight, but her friends in the industry supported her with Galliano even stomping the ramp with a ‘We love you, Kate’ tee.

Baby doll: Gemina Ward

Date of birth: February 28, 1984

Place of birth: Den, Czech Republic

Height: 5 feet, 11 inches

Hair colour: Blond

Eye colour: GreenGemina Ward

She is the model of the moment. Meet Australian supermodel and actor Gemma Ward who sauntered into the world of glamour and conquered the ramp with a baby doll look that has inspired a new craze in fashion among fashion insiders and fans alike. Accompanying her friends to a modelling competition paid off when she ended up being scouted herself. She endorsed the Prada handbag worldwide this year. Her replacement of Kate Moss as the face of Calvin Klein’s perfume, Obsession Night for Men is a good indication of her influence in the world of fashion. Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Dolce Gabbana, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jil Sander, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rochas, Swarovski, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent make up the list of the supermodel’s clients. Inspiring a new generation of models like Vlada Roslyakova, Heather Marks and Jessica Stam with her looks, Ward has quickly become an icon in the fashion industry.
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