TOP 8: The ’90s supermodels

Who was more fun than the Trinity? Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington shot to fame in the ’90s, and, with the help of photographers like Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh and Arthur Elgort, quickly became the faces of fashion. Along with their million dollar paycheques, they earned a rep for glamorous debauchery—Linda and Christy were snapped frolicking on a swing in a New York nightclub; Naomi dated controversial stars like Robert DeNiro and Mike Tyson.

Eventually their superstardom eclipsed what they were selling (“We don’t vogue, we are Vogue,” Evangelista told a reporter), and a new era of models marched in. The Trinity, along with their peers—Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer—still mattered, but they were no longer the only game in town.

But lately the original supers have been making a comeback. The latest example? Christy Turlington stars (with Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova) in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2010 ad campaign. That inspired us to create the following photo gallery of our top supermodel pics. There is an amazing pool to choose from, so we’ve had to add some qualifiers. So here it is: These are our favourite 1) black and white photos of 2) ’90s supermodels, 3) in which they are posing together. (Phew.)

Ready?

Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, photographed by Steven Meisel. The two models were photographed frequently together, because, as the legendary stylist Polly Mellen once said “So few girls actually look good together.”

And, with cigars, courtesy of Peter Lindbergh.

Brit superstars Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss in Vogue Italia.

Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer dominated the mainstream end of ’90s fashion, with Guess? campaigns, Revlon contracts and a workout video or two. (Remember Radu?)

Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta foreshadowed the rise of the ’90s waif. Off-camera, the pair are best friends.

Peter Lindbergh’s famous photo of the Versace models, which was on display at the Met during last year’s Model as Muse exhibition. From left: Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder and Stephanie Seymour.

Our inspiration: Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2010 campaign, featuring Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson and Christy Turlington.

BONUS: George Michael’s video for Freedom ’90 brings it all back. He chose the five models in the video—Linda, Christy, Naomi, Cindy and Tatjana—after seeing them  together on the cover of British Vogue.

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