Via Digg (very crass comments on that story–Digg users are such asshats), here’s a “where are they now” slideshow on 80s supermodels. I somehow managed to grit my teeth and get through it (my favourite was also Paulina Porizkova). I was fascinated by the fact that I knew the name of pretty much every single model.
Compare that with today. I can’t name a single supermodel under the age of 30. I don’t pay as much attention to the world of celebrity as I once did, but you’d think I’d know a few. What happened in the ensuing 20 years? Am I correct in saying that supermodels are less culturally prominent than they once were?
I only have one theory, and it’s not a very good one. Increasingly, actors, singers and athletes are taking the advertising dollars that used to be spent on the (wholly manufactured, it must be said) supermodels. I feel like I see a lot more actors selling watches and perfume when I open a magazine than I used to.