Known For: Face of Revlon, Alberto V05, Balmain, Obao, Christian Dior, Clairol, Hush Puppies, Jenny, Keiko Bathing Suits, Lou Taylor, Max Factor, Virginia Slims, and Cutex
The self-proclaimed "first supermodel" is now recognized for her role as the mean judge on America's Next Top Model. Despite her image today, she was incredibly successful as a young model. She appeared on the cover of Vogue 37 times and was the face of multiple ad campaigns.
Known For: Face of Christian Dior's J’adore, DSquared2, Michael Kors, Chloé and Kenzo
The Estonian model is so much more than a great pair of legs (and lips, and amazing hair, and beautiful face). She was elected president of the Estonian National Chess League in 2004 and is probably the richest girl in Estonia.
Known For: Covered the September 1944 Harper's Bazaar (her first ever modeling gig), Face of Revlon
Leigh was one of the earliest fashion icons, and widely considered the "first supermodel." She was too old and short for a model, but her eyebrows are what sold her to multiple magazines, including her first cover shot for Harper's Bazaar. She lied about her age, saying she was 19 instead of 27, didn't mention her two children, and became one of the most recognizable models in the world.
Known For: Miss China (2003), Face of Roberto Cavalli and Giorgio Armani
Du Juan is called the first international Chinese supermodel but she originally trained to become a ballerina. When she became too tall, six foot while en pointe, to find a suitable dance partner, she realized she needed to make a career change.
Known For: Face of Invisible Zinc Skincar
Hall's long blonde hair and six-foot frame made photographers go nuts during her era. While she's most famous for her long time relationship with Mick Jagger, her reality show Kept, where she was searching for a boytoy, made her relevant again.
Known For: Face of Chanel, Jil Sander, Hermès, Valentino, Anne Klein, Christian Dior, Lanvin, Versace, Muse for Azzedine Alaïa
Part of the "Canadian Invasion" era in modeling history, Ghauri blew away spectators with her runway walk and personal street style. She has since retired from the fashion industry, but let it be known: We owe you Canada.
Known For: Covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1994, Face of Ultimo
Most fortysomethings nowadays remember the New Zealand bombshell as the chick on Sports Illustrated's classic "Dream Team" swimsuit issue of 1994. But if you were still playing with action figures and LEGOs back then, then you know Rachel best as "Stacy's Mom" in the Fountains of Wayne music video.
Known For: Muse for Francesco Scavullo
Most of Carangi's dramatic life was documented in Gia starring Angelina Jolie, but before Carangi contracted and died of HIV, she was one of the world's first supermodels. Her rise to fame came suddenly when she was 17, and she told 20/20 she didn't "build into a model. [She] just sort of became one."
Known For: Muse for Peter Lindbergh, Face of Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Blumarine and Hermès
New York Times fashion columnist, Guy Trebay, hit the nail on the head when describing Auermann with "ice maiden visage and pole vaulter's legs." After making a name for herself, and her legs, the German model broke into Germany's film industry.
Known For: Face of Prada and Yves Saint Laurent
Arizona Muse inherently had her foot in the door—designers and photographers love her last name. She originally started her career in 2008 as a long-haired blonde, but left the runway to give birth to her son. When she returned with jaw-length brunette hair, she gained a lot more attention in the industry. In fact, Muse was ranked the no. 3 model by Models.com this year.
Twiggy was the 1960s version of Tyra Banks, not in looks—Twiggy was androgynous and skinny with doll-like eyes—but in their career. After being dubbed "The Face of 1966," Twiggy enjoyed an acting career and hosted her own talk show. Consequently, the petite model became incredibly influential. Even today, the trend of women in their 60s and 70s remaining stylish is called "The Twiggy Effect."
Known For: Face of Celine, Balmain, Valentino, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Missoni, Chanel, and Salvatore Ferragamo
Daria Werbowy holds the record for opening and closing the most shows in one season. Designers just can't get enough Werbowy, who is also an avid sailor. In 2011, she sailed from Guatemala around Central America to Costa Rica, a trip that took her two months. Werbowy, one of the world's greatest models, and a fantastic pirate.
Known For: Muse of Karl Lagerfeld, Face of Chanel
Ericchsen is one of the most highly requested models in the industry. Casting agent James Scully even noted, "[Ericchsen] is the perfect old-school clothes-hanger..." which, we guess, is a compliment for models. But most importantly, she lands more chicks than you do.
Known For: Face of Valentino, Calvin Klein White Label, Gianfranco Ferrè, Blumarine, Victoria's Secret Angel
She's shot major campaigns for numerous fashion houses, she's a Victoria's Secret Angel, and she runs a non-profit called Dance4Life, which educates youths about HIV and AIDS through song and dance. Basically, she's the perfect human. Unfortunately, the closest you'll ever get to the Dutch model is standing next to her wax figure at the Amsterdam branch of Madame Tussuad's Wax Museum.
Known For: Face of Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Just Cavalli, Versus by Versace
Lara Stone is one of the most popular "It" girls in the business and has had incredible success. She's known as the anti-model, and highly regarded for not being the typical android on the catwalk. Why is she so low on our list then? Well, there was that little bitty incident where she appeared in blackface in French Vogue's October 2009 issue.
Known For: Face of Emanuel Ungaro, Emporio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Tod's, Chloe, Cesare Paciotti, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Fendi
If you can't get enough of Polish models on runways and magazines, then go out, buy a Wii, and invest in Yoga Wii. There's two positives to this: you'll get in shape and get to watch Rubik guide you through 30 different yoga positions.
Murphy is considered one of our "Modern Muses," thanks to Vogue and Calvin Klein's obsession. But Murphy doesn't just mug it up for still cameras. She appeared in the film Liberty Heights, and she's also set to replace Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as host of the second season of Project Runway All Stars.
Known For: Being the first Asian supermodel
When the industry was looking for blondes, Bayle went to Paris and, in two years time, became one of Europe's top models. When she returned to NYC after making a name for herself overseas, she was sent away by an assistant at an agency until the manager saw her leaving. And to think, before her international stardom, she was just another pre-med student on the basketball team in the Philippines.
Known For: Face of Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenburg, Nina Ricci, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, Spokesperson for David Yurman
The girl who used to sell fruit on the street with her mother has walked in over 175 fashion shows. After escaping her life of poverty, Vodianova became the founder and president of Naked Heart Foundation, an organization that creates safe and inspiring environments for children living in urban Russia.
Known For: Face of DSquared2 and Moschino Jeans
With her freckles, it's easy to confuse Dicker with the girl-next-door. However, we'd like to remind you that your crush in grade school was probably not in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for four years in a row or walking the runway for the biggest fashion houses.
Daniela "The Chameleon" Pestova is revered for being able to constantly change her look. The Czech model could credit her success to a woman she could've looked up to: Claudia Schiffer, whom Pestova modeled alongside for Guess? in the '90s.
Known For: Face of Miu Miu, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen
One of IMG Models' greatest mistakes ever is rejecting Lindsey Wixson. The then-15-year-old girl they passed on, the one whose looks apparently "wouldn't translate well on and off the runway," went on to become one of the most talked about models of the 2009-2010 seasons.
Known For: Face of Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Versace, and Elizabeth Arden
Valletta was incredibly successful as a model, but her film career isn't something to be overlooked. She creeped us out in What Lies Beneath, gained more attention for her role in Hitch and had a recurring role in Revenge as Lydia Davis.
Known For: Face of MaxMara, Valentino couture, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel cosmetics
Mulder had a lot of success in the '90s, but her depression overtook her. The Dutch model began making public allegations that powerful executives at her modeling agency, Prince Albert of Monaco, and her own father had tried to rape her. After a brief comeback, reports surfaced that she attacked her plastic surgeon. She has since kept a low profile.
Known For: Face of Balenciaga, Givenchy, Estée Lauder,Valentino, Jones New York, and Donna Karan
Hilary Rhoda should be a household name by now. She's been in the pages of Sports Illustrated, laced up lingerie for Victoria's Secret and worked with major designers. Yet, for some reason, her name stays out of conversation. Take a look at these pictures—clearly, we need to change that.
Known For: Face of Benetton and Burberry
Currently ranked no. 28 on the 50 Top Models list by Models.com, Dunn is a star on the rise. She was the first black model to walk for Prada in over a decade, and she walked in the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony. If you can't recall her, she was the one rocking the larger-than-life golden headdress.
Known For: Face of See by Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès and Christian Dior
Kloss is 20 years old; she can't even legally drink in the U.S. yet and she's already considered one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris. Her runway walk, often described as powerful, unique, and a "moody gait," is legendary in the fashion world.
Known For: Face of Chanel's Paris-London Collection, DeBeers and Coca Cola Light
Rocha is one of the few models who has spoken out about the negative effects her career has on young girls. She has stated that, during her first year of modeling, she was told, "Anorexia is in," and "We don't want you to be anorexic, but that's what we want you to look like." Since then, she's appeared on Anderson to speak about how girls are scouted too young for the industry.
Known For: Face of Miss Sixty, Jil Sander, Nicole Farhi, Christian Dior, Max Mara, Gucci and Aldo
If you aren't a die-hard member of the fashion world but Donaldson still looks vaguely familiar to you, it's because of the 2012 London Olympics. She and other models (including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell) walked the runway during the closing ceremony while your girlfriend asked where the Spice Girls were.
Known For: Face of Jean Paul Gaultier and Jimmy Choo
One look at Crystal Renn doesn't scream "plus-size," but that's what the 26-year-old beauty has been marketed as. The size-eight Miami native, who posed for the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue this year, was the first model weighing more than a feather to cover Harper's Bazaar.
Known For: Face of Jill Sander, Hermès, Valentino, Burberry, Calvin Klein's Obsession, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton
Sometimes we spend hours staring at Gemma Ward. Yes, of course, because she's beautiful. But also because we want to make sure she blinks and we're not just staring at a life-size doll.
She may have retired from modeling, but that is far from the last you'll see of Ward. She's already starting to build a pretty impressive film résumé and will be in The Great Gatsby in 2013 as Catherine.
Known For: Covered Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (1982), Face of Diet Pepsi, General Motors, Cover Girl Cosmetics, Noxema and Hanes
Alt got into modeling when she was 18 years old to try to make money for college. We tried the same thing, which explains why we're in debt. Toward the end of the '80s, Alt shifted her focus on her acting career and the Queens-born model began appearing in numerous Italian productions.
Known For: Host of MTV's House of Style, Covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (1999)
Romijn's hotness speaks for itself. She can be covered in blue body paint, like in X-Men, or playing a character who was born a man, like in Ugly Betty, and it would not deter anyone from still hitting on her.
Known For: Spokesperson for L'Oreal and Mango, Face of Ann Taylor
It's not often that we're terrified of models (except for looking like losers in front of them), but Jovovich is the scariest of all. Her hobbies include martial arts, and she's become an action star thanks to the Resident Evil franchise. We fancy that Jovovich would be a good companion if there ever was a real zombie apocalypse.
Known For: Covered Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (2011), Face of Intimissimi and La Clover
We spoke of our Shayk love before. She may have gotten a late start for a model, at age 19, but she has quickly taken the world by storm. Cristiano Rinaldo's jump-off even appeared in the Kanye video, "Power."
Known For: Appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (2009, 2010, 2011)
Ginzburg's feud with fellow Israeli model, Bar Refaeli, is legendary in the inner circles of the fashion world. What could the two models fight over? Well, it's not as shallow as you probably assumed. Ginzburg criticized Refaeli for avoiding mandatory Israeli military service through a short-lived marriage to a family friend, while Ginzburg was proudly drafted in 2009, ending her service in 2011.
Known For: Face of Stella McCartney, Diesel and Guess?
Miller always thought she'd appear in Sports Illustrated for soccer, one of her passions and what she thought she'd be doing professionally. The sports mag still got her though, when she appeared in their Swimsuit Issue covered in body paint. Close enough!
Known For: Victoria's Secret Angel, Face of A/X Armani Exchange and Dolce & Gabbana
During Goulart's fashion show debut, she experienced a wardrobe malfunction when her bikini top fell off on the runway. While we're sure it seemed like a high school nightmare for her, it was one of those moments where humanity looks up to the heavens and says, "Thanks, man."
Known For: Covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (1999), Spokesperson for Old Navy
Before Sims was Delinda Deline in Las Vegas and before she famously wore a bikini for Sports Illustrated that was worth $30 million, Sims was just a Delta Delta Delta sorority girl trying to become a lawyer. We don't say this often, but thank god she dropped out. Now, Sims is best known for her acting career, her roles in comedy films, and, most notably, as the girl who inspired Andy Samberg's first riff of, "Jizzed in My Pants."
Known For: Face of Guess?, Spokesperson for Maybelline
Things you may not know about Maran: she was in a Backstreet Boys music video, she was in a band with Nicole Ritchie, and she played one of Dracula's wives in Van Helsing. Things you do know about Maran: she's hot. You're so lucky you have me here to educate you.
Known For: Face of Chanel, Christian Dior, Missoni, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Zara, Hermès and Prada
The Best Dressed Environmentalist Award goes to Lindvall. The only thing Lindvall loves more than, we assume, stepping out of eight-inch heels into comfy cozy slippers, is the environment. She is the founder and president of Collage Foundation, which promotes sustainability and environmentally conscious choices among young people.
Known For: Face of Chloe and CoverGirl
To the fashion industry, she's the girl whom Tyra Banks dubbed as "the model of her generation." To Hollywood, she's the chick who made a cameo in Big Mamma's House 2. To tabloid readers, she's that really hot chick Sean Penn dated.
Known For: Victoria's Secret Angel, Face of Guess? swimwear
Candice Swanepoel became a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2010, and the world would just like to take this moment to thank the underwear company for all they have done for us. This woman does not take ugly pictures!