The 90s supermodels who vanished from fame: As Tatjana Patitz dies, see what happened to her peers

The forgotten icons of fashion: As 90s supermodel Tatjana Patitz dies at 56, FEMAIL reveals what happened to the era’s OTHER stars – whose beauty was immortalized by Vogue… only for them to vanish from the spotlight in a sea of scandal and tragedy

  • Tatjana passed away from breast cancer at age 56 this week
  • She and stars like Karen Mulder, Elaine Irwin, and Niki Taylor reigned in the ’90s
  • Also popular was Yasmeen Ghauri, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista
  • Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington were also often seen
  • As Tatjana’s death rocks the fashion industry, see what her peers are doing now 

Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, and Cindy Crawford are some of the most famous names in fashion history – having achieved ‘icon’ status while dominating the industry in the 90s.

Their names are as famous today as they were back then thanks to their enduring fame and success, both within fashion and outside it. 

But while these style icons have proven that true celebrity can indeed endure – what happened to the women who were once considered their peers and equals, who have since disappeared from the spotlight altogether? 

In 1992, Naomi, Christy et al were immortalized on the front cover of Vogue’s 100th Anniversary Issue in what was considered a celebration – and a cementing – of their status as the leading lights of their industry. 

However, these famous faces shared that honor with several other supermodel stars, Tatjana Patitz, who this week passed away from breast cancer at the age of 56, with a total of ten famous faces gracing the cover of the fashion bible. 

So what became of the other 90s supermodel icons who were once held in such high esteem? 

Three decades ago, it was nearly impossible to glance at a fashion magazine without seeing one of their faces or reading one of their names, yet today the likes of Karen Mulder, Elaine Irwin, Niki Taylor, and Yasmeen Ghauri have all but disappeared from the spotlight. 

During the ’90s, supermodels like Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Karen Mulder, Elaine Irwin, Niki Taylor, Yasmeen Ghauri, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Tatjana Patitz’s faces were plastered everywhere

As the modeling industry is rocked by the death of Tatjana (seen in 1992), who passed away from breast cancer this week at age 56, FEMAIL revealed what happened to her stunning peers

As the modeling industry is rocked by the death of Tatjana (seen in 1992), who passed away from breast cancer this week at age 56, FEMAIL revealed what happened to her stunning peers

For some, it was a tale as old as time: a struggle to find work which eventually led to them falling off the grid and vanishing from the limelight. 

Some of the former ’90s style sensations were even plagued with scandal and controversy in later years – facing run-ins with the law, multiple marriages and divorces, and drug use.

One of the former fashion icons tragically saw her modeling come to a screeching halt after she got into a severe car accident in 2001, which left her fighting for her life.  

She suffered from severe internal injuries – like a collapsed lung and liver damage – needed to have steel rods put into her back to hold her spine together, and was in a coma for six week.

Another decided to go into ‘hiding’ after a botched cosmetic procedure left her face ‘brutally disfigured’ and ‘permanently deformed.’

From the fashion legends whose careers certainly stood the test of time and are still making waves in the industry today to the style icons who traded in the world of elite parties and glamorous trips for a much quieter lifestyle, here’s what your favorite ’90s supermodels are up to now. 

Karen Mulder 

Throughout the '90s, Karen (seen in 1995), now 52, stomped the runway for big brands like Valentino, Yves, Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Versace, and Giorgio Armani

Throughout the ’90s, Karen (seen in 1995), now 52, stomped the runway for big brands like Valentino, Yves, Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Versace, and Giorgio Armani

Throughout the '90s, Karen (seen in 1995) also modeled for Victoria's Secret, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, and Chanel, and she even got her own doll in collaboration with Hasbro

Throughout the '90s, Karen (seen in 1995) also modeled for Victoria's Secret, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, and Chanel, and she even got her own doll in collaboration with Hasbro

Throughout the ’90s, Karen (seen in 1995) also modeled for Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, and Chanel, and she even got her own doll in collaboration with Hasbro

However, in 2000, Karen announced she was retiring from modeling. She then briefly pursued other endeavors, like acting and music, instead. She is seen in 1998, two years before retiring

However, in 2000, Karen announced she was retiring from modeling. She then briefly pursued other endeavors, like acting and music, instead. She is seen in 1998, two years before retiring

Karen, 52, originally from the Netherlands, got involved in modeling at age 15, after she saw an ad for Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year contest in a newspaper.

She ended up coming in second place and was signed by Elite Paris, and within two years, she was stomping the runway for big brands like Valentino, Yves, Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Versace, and Giorgio Armani. 

But in December 2002, the former model attempted to take her own life by overdosing on sleeping pills. She is seen in 2000

But in December 2002, the former model attempted to take her own life by overdosing on sleeping pills. She is seen in 2000

She made her first appearance on the cover of Vogue in 1991, and landed a contract with Guess that same year.

Throughout the ’90s, she also modeled for Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, and Chanel, among others. 

She even got her own doll in collaboration with Hasbro, and released her own CD-ROM that featured her sharing makeup, beauty, and exercise tips.

However, in 2000, Karen announced she was retiring from modeling. She then pursued other endeavors, like acting and music, instead. 

Unfortunately, neither career took off – she starred in the French short film, A Theft, One Night, in 2001, but that’s about it, and she released one self-titled album.

In the early 2000s, Karen allegedly claimed during an explosive interview with a French TV program, which never aired, that she had been raped by various members of Elite Model Management.

Soon after, it was reported that she was going to spend time at a psychiatric hospital, due to chronic depression and drug use, where she stayed for five months.

But in December 2002, the former model attempted to take her own life by overdosing on sleeping pills.

A neighbor ended up finding her passed out on the floor of her Paris apartment, and she she was rushed to the hospital, where she spent one day in a coma.

She thankfully recovered, and in 2007, she briefly returned to modeling when she walked the runway in a Dior fashion show.

Karen has pretty much left the spotlight in recent years - while she sometimes attends events, it seems like she's living a pretty normal life now. She is seen in 2014

Karen has pretty much left the spotlight in recent years – while she sometimes attends events, it seems like she’s living a pretty normal life now. She is seen in 2014

She does not use social media and stays mostly under the radar. She is seen in 2016

She does not use social media and stays mostly under the radar. She is seen in 2016

Karen was married to photographer René Bosne from 1988 to 1993. She was engaged to real estate developer named Jean-Yves Le Fur (seen)  from 1993 to 1997

Karen was married to photographer René Bosne from 1988 to 1993. She was engaged to real estate developer named Jean-Yves Le Fur (seen)  from 1993 to 1997

But in 2009, Karen faced more controversy when news hit the web that she had been arrested in Paris for allegedly threatening to attack her plastic surgeon. It is not known what the outcome of the charges was.

She later spoke out about her time as a model, and she admitted that she started to ‘hate being photographed’ soon after she started in the industry.

‘For me, it was just an assumed role, and in the end, I didn’t know who I really was as a person,’ she recalled.

‘Everybody was saying to me, “Hi, you’re fantastic.” But inside, I felt worse from day to day.’

As for her love life, Karen wed French photographer René Bosne in 1988, when she was only 20, but they split in 1993.

She was then engaged to a real estate developer named Jean-Yves Le Fur for many years, but they went their separate ways in 1997.

She welcomed a daughter, named Anna, in 2006, but it is unclear who the father is. 

Karen has pretty much left the spotlight in recent years – while she sometimes attends events, it seems like she’s living a pretty normal life now. She does not use social media and stays mostly under the radar.

Elaine Irwin 

During the '90s, Elaine (seen in 1991) walked the catwalk for brands like Victoria's Secret and Calvin Klein, and became the face of Ralph Lauren and Almay Cosmetics

During the ’90s, Elaine (seen in 1991) walked the catwalk for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein, and became the face of Ralph Lauren and Almay Cosmetics

'I started out as a naïve, very young girl,' Elaine (seen in 1989) later said of her early years. 'I didn't quite understand what it entailed or what opportunities it offered'

'I started out as a naïve, very young girl,' Elaine (seen in 1991) later said of her early years. 'I didn't quite understand what it entailed or what opportunities it offered'

‘I started out as a naïve, very young girl,’ Elaine (seen left in 1989 and right in 1991) later said of her early years. ‘I didn’t quite understand what it entailed or what opportunities it offered’

Elaine, 53, originally from Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, left her home at age 16 to pursue her dream of becoming a model.

She was eventually noticed by photographer Paul Pelak, who helped her launch her career. 

Her first magazine appearance was in Seventeen in 1985, and after that, she was quickly thrusted into the spotlight, appearing in numerous advertisements, campaigns, catwalk shows, and magazine covers.

She was signed to Ford Models in the late ’80s, which propelled her even further. 

During the ’90s, she posed for Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self, Elite, and Beauty Vogue, walked the catwalk for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein, and became the face of Ralph Lauren and Almay Cosmetics.

‘Looking back, I started out as a naïve, very young girl,’ she later said of her early years in the industry.

‘I was 15 when I started modeling, and I didn’t quite understand what it entailed or what opportunities it offered.

‘Over the years, I think you just adjust your priorities to what makes sense for you.’ 

By the mid-2000s, Elaine's career slowed down, and instead, she began to focus on her family. She had married musician John Mellencamp in 1992. They are seen in 1994

By the mid-2000s, Elaine’s career slowed down, and instead, she began to focus on her family. She had married musician John Mellencamp in 1992. They are seen in 1994

Together, the couple (seen in 1996) welcomed two sons, Speck, born in 1995, and Hud, born in 1994. But in 2010, they announced that they were separating

Together, the couple (seen in 1996) welcomed two sons, Speck, born in 1995, and Hud, born in 1994. But in 2010, they announced that they were separating

In October 2012, Elaine announced that she was engaged to racing team owner and businessman Jay Penske. They married in India that October. They are seen in 2016

In October 2012, Elaine announced that she was engaged to racing team owner and businessman Jay Penske. They married in India that October. They are seen in 2016

They welcomed a daughter, whose name is not known, in 2013. The family now resides in California. She is pictured in 2018

They welcomed a daughter, whose name is not known, in 2013. The family now resides in California. She is pictured in 2018

Based on her Instagram, Elaine has returned to modeling in recent years, posing for brands like Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop and Angelina Scott's clothing line recently. She is seen in 2019

Based on her Instagram, Elaine has returned to modeling in recent years, posing for brands like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Angelina Scott’s clothing line recently. She is seen in 2019

By the mid-2000s, Elaine’s career slowed down, and instead, she began to focus on her family.

She had married musician John Mellencamp in 1992 – they met after she was hired to appear on the cover of his album – and together, they welcomed two sons, Speck, born in 1995, and Hud, born in 1994.

Together, they lived in Indiana for many years, where they raised their kids – but in 2010, they announced that they were separating. Their divorce was finalized one year later.

In October 2012, Elaine announced that she was engaged to racing team owner and businessman Jay Penske. They married in India that October.

They welcomed a daughter, whose name is not known, in 2013. The family now resides in California. 

Based on her Instagram, Elaine has returned to modeling in recent years, posing for brands like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, the swimsuit apparel company Tommy Bahama, and Angelina Scott’s clothing line recently.

Niki Taylor 

Throughout the '90s, Niki (seen in 1991) worked with Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, L'Oreal, Gap, and Pantene, and appeared in publications like Allure, ELLE, Marie Claire, Shelf, and Shape

Throughout the ’90s, Niki (seen in 1991) worked with Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, L’Oreal, Gap, and Pantene, and appeared in publications like Allure, ELLE, Marie Claire, Shelf, and Shape

Niki faced a health scare in 2001 when she got into a series car accident, and she spent six days in a coma. She is seen in 1992, years before the accident

Niki faced a health scare in 2001 when she got into a series car accident, and she spent six days in a coma. She is seen in 1992, years before the accident

Niki, 47, originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, signed to Irene Marie Models when she was only 13 years old.

After that, he modeling slowed down, and she then tried her hand as a TV personality, covering events for NBC and appearing as a guest-host on MTV's Fashionably Loud. She is seen in 1994

After that, he modeling slowed down, and she then tried her hand as a TV personality, covering events for NBC and appearing as a guest-host on MTV’s Fashionably Loud. She is seen in 1994

She then entered a Fresh Faces contest and won – earning her $500,000. One year later, she posed for Seventeen magazine, and just a year after that – at age 15 – she graced the cover of Vogue, becoming the second young person to appear on its cover (after Brooke Shields).

At 17 years old, Niki landed a major contract with CoverGirl, which made her the first spokesmodel under the age of 18 to work with the brand.

Throughout the ’90s, she also worked with Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, L’Oreal, Gap, and Pantene, and appeared in publications like Allure, ELLE, Marie Claire, Shelf, Shape, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

Niki faced a health scare in 2001 when she got into a series car accident, resulting in her suffering from severe internal injuries like a collapsed lung and liver damage. 

Steel rods had to be put into her back to hold her spine together, and she was in a coma for six weeks, but miraculously made a full recovery. 

After that, he modeling slowed down, and she then tried her hand as a TV personality, covering events for NBC and appearing as a guest-host on MTV’s Fashionably Loud. 

In 2016, at age 41, Niki made a fierce comeback to modeling - and has since posed for many major magazines. She is seen in 2021

In 2016, at age 41, Niki made a fierce comeback to modeling – and has since posed for many major magazines. She is seen in 2021

She also released her own perfume, called Begin by Niki Taylor, in 2005, and created her own foundation dedicated to the advancement of women in business.

She co-hosted the Bravo show Make Me a Supermodel in 2008, and appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2011. 

In 2016, at age 41, Niki made a fierce comeback to modeling – and has since posed for many major magazines like Paper, Flaunt, British and American Vogue, and Harpers Bazaar. She also became the face of CoverGirl again in April 2021.

Niki was married twice over the years – first to former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez, whom she eloped with in 1993. They had two sons together, twins named Jake and Hunter, in 1994.

They divorced in 1996, and she then married NASCAR driver Burney Lamar in 2006. They welcomed a daughter, named Ciel, in 2009, and a son, named Rex, in 2011. Together, the family now lives in Tennessee. 

Yasmeen Ghauri

During the '90s, Yasmeen (seen in 1994) became the face of Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Hermes, and Anne Klein, and walked for Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Victoria's Secret

During the ’90s, Yasmeen (seen in 1994) became the face of Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Hermes, and Anne Klein, and walked for Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Victoria’s Secret

In 1997, however, she pulled out of an Yves Saint Laurent show last minute, and soon after, she announced that she was retiring from modeling to start a family. She is seen in 1995

In 1997, however, she pulled out of an Yves Saint Laurent show last minute, and soon after, she announced that she was retiring from modeling to start a family. She is seen in 1995

In 1997, however, she pulled out of an Yves Saint Laurent show last minute, and soon after, she announced that she was retiring from modeling to start a family. She is seen in 1995

Yasmeen (seen in June) married lawyer Ralph Bernstein, and together, they welcomed two children, a daughter, named Maia, and a son, named Victor. She doesn't model anymore

Yasmeen (seen in June) married lawyer Ralph Bernstein, and together, they welcomed two children, a daughter, named Maia, and a son, named Victor. She doesn’t model anymore

Yasmeen, 51, originally from Montreal, Canada, was discovered by the artistic director of Platine Coiffure while she was working at a McDonald’s at age 17.

She then moved to New York to become a model, where she found quick success. She landed her first magazine cover – Elle – in 1991, and later that year, she also starred in Elton John’s music video for the song Sacrifice. 

During the ’90s, she also became the face of Chanel, Jill Sander, Christian Dior, Valentino, Hermes, Lanvin, and Anne Klein, and walked for Gianni Versace, Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Victoria’s Secret.

In 1997, however, she pulled out of an Yves Saint Laurent show last minute, and soon after, she announced that she was retiring from modeling to start a family.

She married lawyer Ralph Bernstein, and together, they welcomed two children, a daughter, named Maia, and a son, named Victor. The family resides in Bedford, New York.

While she doesn’t model anymore, she often shares throwback pictures from her modeling days to her Instagram. 

Tatjana Patitz 

Throughout the '90s, Tatjana (seen in 1992 walking for Chanel) worked with brands like Chanel, Versace, Valentino, Karl Lagerfield, Jean Paul Gauliter, and Vivienne Westwood

Throughout the ’90s, Tatjana (seen in 1992 walking for Chanel) worked with brands like Chanel, Versace, Valentino, Karl Lagerfield, Jean Paul Gauliter, and Vivienne Westwood

She also posed for more than 200 magazine covers - including seven American Vogue covers and 13 British Vogue covers. She is pictured in 1991

She also posed for more than 200 magazine covers – including seven American Vogue covers and 13 British Vogue covers. She is pictured in 1991

Tatjana, originally from Hamburg, Germany, started modeling at age 17, after she became a finalist in the Elite Model Look competition.

After her success in the contest, she was given a contract by the agency and moved to Paris to start her career – landing her first major cover, British Vogue, in 1985.

Throughout the ’90s, she worked with brands like Chanel, Versace, Valentino, Karl Lagerfield, Jean Paul Gauliter, and Vivienne Westwood.

She was also the face of Germaine Monteil’s makeup and perfumes for many years, starred in George Michaels’ Freedom! music video, and posed for more than 200 magazine covers – including seven American Vogue covers and 13 British Vogue covers. 

Tatjana continued to make her mark on the modeling industry during the 2000s, posing for L'Oreal, Uniqlo, Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Hermes. She is seen in April 2022

Tatjana continued to make her mark on the modeling industry during the 2000s, posing for L’Oreal, Uniqlo, Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Hermes. She is seen in April 2022

She welcomed a son, named Jonah (seen in October 2022), in 2004. She dated singer Seal from 1997 to 2003, and was briefly linked to Pierce Brosnan in 1993

She welcomed a son, named Jonah (seen in October 2022), in 2004. She dated singer Seal from 1997 to 2003, and was briefly linked to Pierce Brosnan in 1993

While her career slowed down in recent years, Tatjana (seen in 2017) continued to work. She sadly passed away from breast cancer at age 56 on January 11

While her career slowed down in recent years, Tatjana (seen in 2017) continued to work. She sadly passed away from breast cancer at age 56 on January 11

In addition, she starred in many TV commercials for Cartier, Revlon, Levi, Pantene, and Ralph Lauren over the years. She also acted in the 1993 movie Rising Sun. 

Tatjana continued to make her mark on the modeling industry during the 2000s, posing for L’Oreal, Uniqlo, Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Hermes.

In her later years, she started to focus on campaigns that related to subjects like HIV awareness, LGBTQ+ rights, ageism, and gender equality. 

She welcomed a son, named Jonah, in 2004, but it is not known who the father is. She dated singer Seal from 1997 to 2003, and was briefly linked to Pierce Brosnan in 1993.

While her career slowed down in recent years, she continued to work. Tatjana sadly passed away from breast cancer at age 56 on January 11.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi (seen in 1990) landed her first cover just ahead of her 16th birthday, and her career soon took off, with her becoming one of the top models in the industry during the late '80s and '90s

Naomi (seen in 1990) landed her first cover just ahead of her 16th birthday, and her career soon took off, with her becoming one of the top models in the industry during the late ’80s and ’90s

Namoi (seen in 1994) has walked for Versace, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Diane Von Fustenberg, Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Karl Lagerfeld

Namoi (seen in 1994) has walked for Versace, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Diane Von Fustenberg, Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Karl Lagerfeld

Naomi, 52, originally from London, England, was noticed by the head of Synchro Model Agency at age 15 during a shopping trip, and he helped launch her modeling career.

She landed her first cover – British Elle – just ahead of her 16th birthday, and her career soon took off, with her becoming one of the top models in the industry during the late ’80s and ’90s.

She didn’t slow down during the 2000s, and her career continued to flourish. She has now walked the runway for various companies and designers like Versace, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Diane Von Fustenberg, Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Louis Vuiotton, and Valentino, among others.

She has also appeared in numerous campaigns for fashion brands including Fendi, H&M, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s Barneys New York, Gap, Revlon, and Victoria’s Secret.

The model has also branched out into acting, starring in the Fox drama Empire from 2015 to 2018, as well as the fifth season of American Horror Story.

In addition, Naomi was a coach and judge on two seasons of the show The Face, and served as the host the British version for one.

Currently, she is still very much a part of the fashion world, and was recently named the face of the streetwear brand Hood by Air. She is seen in October 2022

 Currently, she is still very much a part of the fashion world, and was recently named the face of the streetwear brand Hood by Air. She is seen in October 2022

The model has also branched out into acting, starring in the Fox drama Empire from 2015 to 2018, as well as the fifth season of American Horror Story. She is seen in December 2022

The model has also branched out into acting, starring in the Fox drama Empire from 2015 to 2018, as well as the fifth season of American Horror Story. She is seen in December 2022

In May 2021, she announced that she had given birth to a daughter, whose name has not been revealed, and it's unclear who the father is

In May 2021, she announced that she had given birth to a daughter, whose name has not been revealed, and it’s unclear who the father is

In 2020, she launched her own web series on YouTube, called No Filter with Naomi, in which she interviewed various well-known models and designers.

Currently, she is still very much a part of the fashion world, and was recently named the face of the streetwear brand Hood by Air.

In 2020, she revealed that she goes to great measures to maintain her stunning beauty and svelte figure – explaining that she only eats once a day. 

As for her love life, she has been linked to a slew of famous faces like U2 bassist Adam Clayton, actors Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, Formula One racer Flavio Briatore, rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, and R&B singer Usher, however, she appears to currently be single.

In May 2021, she announced that she had given birth to a daughter, whose name has not been revealed, and it’s unclear who the father is. 

Linda Evangelista

By the time she was 19 years old, Linda (seen in 1991) had already become one of the most well-known models in the world

By the time she was 19 years old, Linda (seen in 1991) had already become one of the most well-known models in the world

She has modeled for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, NARS Cosmetics, Fendi, Hermes, Christian Dior, L'Oreal Paris, Prada, and Moschino. She is seen in 1990

She has modeled for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, NARS Cosmetics, Fendi, Hermes, Christian Dior, L’Oreal Paris, Prada, and Moschino. She is seen in 1990

Linda, 57, originally from Ontario, Canada, started modeling as a teen in her hometown.

In 1981, she took part in the Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant, where she caught the attention of someone from Elite Model Management.

By the time she was 19 years old, she had already become one of the most well-known models in the world. 

In 1998, however, Linda announced that she was retiring from modeling, and spent two years living a normal life out of the spotlight near the French Riviera.

However, in 2001, she returned to the modeling world when she posed on the cover of Vogue magazine.

After that, she was back with vengeance, modeling for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, NARS Cosmetics, Fendi, Hermes, Christian Dior, L’Oreal Paris, Prada, and Moschino throughout the 2000s.

In 2016, she was also named the creative director and vice president of Erasa Skin Care. 

But later that year, she stepped away from the spotlight after a botched cosmetic procedure left her ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured.’

The model spent the last six years ‘in hiding’ after suffering from a rare reaction to the procedure known as CoolSculpting, which was designed to decrease her fat cells, but instead, made them become enlarged. 

During the procedure, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a device that’s set below freezing temperature is applied to fat deposits, which causes cell death in the tissue. 

In 2016, she stepped away from the spotlight after a botched cosmetic procedure left her 'permanently deformed' and 'brutally disfigured.' She is seen in 2017

In 2016, she stepped away from the spotlight after a botched cosmetic procedure left her ‘permanently deformed’ and ‘brutally disfigured.’ She is seen in 2017

The model spent the last six years 'in hiding' after suffering from a rare reaction to the procedure known as CoolSculpting. She is seen in August 2022

The model spent the last six years ‘in hiding’ after suffering from a rare reaction to the procedure known as CoolSculpting. She is seen in August 2022

But weeks after, Linda developed a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia – a rare adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051 per cent of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. 

With this condition, the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller. It can leave a ‘painless, visibly enlarged, firm, well-demarcated mass’ underneath the skin. 

Linda said on Instagram that she developed ‘bulges’ all over her body after the surgery, which left her ‘unrecognizable.’ 

Speaking to People magazine in 2021, the former runway star detailed how she thought she was going crazy and ‘stopped eating’ when the growths started to appear on her chin, thighs, and bust area – and said she now ‘dreads running into someone she knows’ after spending decades as a catwalk sensation. 

The model told the outlet at the time that she can no longer bear to look at herself in the mirror – since ‘it doesn’t look like her’ – explaining that her identity as ‘Linda Evangelista, supermodel’ is now ‘gone’ due to the condition. 

She added: ‘If I walk without a girdle in a dress, I will have chafing to the point of almost bleeding. Because it’s not like soft fat rubbing, it’s like hard fat rubbing. [I can’t] put my arms flat along my side. I don’t think designers are going to want to dress me with that sticking out of my body.’ 

She has since undergone two liposuction surgeries in an attempt to fix the problem, and she announced back in February that she was done living in ‘shame.’ 

She recently returned to modeling – and she looked flawless as she posed on the cover of British Vogue’s September 2022 issue, during which, makeup artist Pat McGrath had to use tape and elastics to pull her jaw and neck back, which she covered with scarves and hats.

At the time, she explained that she is still ‘trying to love herself’ after becoming ‘so depressed’ following the faulty procedure, and that using the tape ‘took care of’ her ‘insecurities’ so that she could feel confident while ‘doing what she loves to do’ again. 

Linda was married to the head of Elite Model Management’s Paris office, Gerald Marie, from 1987 to 1993.

She was also linked to actor Kyle MacLachlan and French football player Fabien Barthez over the years.

Christy Turlington

Christy (seen in 1992) appeared in magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, L'Officiel, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Allure, to name a few throughout the '90s

Christy (seen in 1992) appeared in magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Allure, to name a few throughout the ’90s

She also starred in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Valentino, Versace (seen), Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Maybelline

She also starred in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Valentino, Versace (seen), Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Maybelline

She also starred in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Valentino, Versace (seen), Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Maybelline

Christy, 54, originally from Oakland, California, was discovered as a teen by a local photographer during a trip to Miami, Florida, to visit her father, and she soon entered into modeling school.

After she turned 18, she moved to New York City to pursue the career full-time, and went on to become one of the most success models of the ’90s.

She appeared in magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Allure, to name a few, as well as advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Valentino, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Maybelline.

She also starred in George’s Freedom! music video alongside Tatjana, Linda, Cindy, and other popular models at the time.

Christy continued to model during the 2000s. She is seen walking in the 2021 Fendi Spring-Summer catwalk show

Christy continued to model during the 2000s. She is seen walking in the 2021 Fendi Spring-Summer catwalk show

In addition to modeling, she also launched some business ventures, including a skincare line called Sundari, two clothing lines in collaboration with Puma, and a women's yoga-wear line

In addition to modeling, she also launched some business ventures, including a skincare line called Sundari, two clothing lines in collaboration with Puma, and a women’s yoga-wear line

She also dabbled in writing, contributing to Marie Claire, Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue over the years. She is pictured in June 2022

She also dabbled in writing, contributing to Marie Claire, Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue over the years. She is pictured in June 2022

She married actor Edward Burns (seen together in 2022) in 2003, and together, they welcomed two children - daughter Grace in 2003 and son Finn in 2006.

She married actor Edward Burns in 2003, and together, they welcomed two children - daughter Grace (seen together in 2022) in 2003 and son Finn in 2006.

She married actor Edward Burns (left in 2022) in 2003, and together, they welcomed two children – daughter Grace (right in 2022) in 2003 and son Finn in 2006.

Christy continued her successful career during the 2000s. In addition to modeling, she also launched a series of business ventures, including a skincare line called Sundari, two clothing lines in collaboration with Puma, and a women’s yoga-wear line.

She also dabbled in writing, contributing to Marie Claire, Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue over the years. 

In addition, she served as a Today show correspondent, and worked as a product tester for Apple in 2015.

She also has a passion for running, and has participated in several marathons during her lifetime. 

She married actor Edward Burns in 2003, and together, they welcomed two children – daughter Grace in 2003 and son Finn in 2006. 

Cindy Crawford

During the '90s, Cindy (seen in 1990) frequently posed on the cover of magazines like Vogue, W, People, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Allure

During the ’90s, Cindy (seen in 1990) frequently posed on the cover of magazines like Vogue, W, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Allure

She also stomped the catwalk for Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DKNY, and Valentino. She is seen in 1993

She also stomped the catwalk for Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DKNY, and Valentino. She is seen in 1993

Cindy, 56, originally from DeKalb, Illinois, started modeling for a local store during high school, and she then appeared in her town’s weekly magazine.

After that, she got signed to a small agency, which was sold to Elite Model Management soon after.

She also entered Elite’s Look of the Year contest at age 17, and made the national finals, which helped propel her into the spotlight.

During the ’90s, Cindy frequently posed on the cover of magazines like Vogue, W, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Allure, reportedly appearing in more then 500 publications by 1998. She also posed nude for Playboy in 1988 and 1998.

In addition, she stomped the catwalk for Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DKNY, and Valentino.

While she stepped away from modeling full-time in 2000, Cindy still appears in fashion magazines and campaigns occasionally. She is seen in December 2022

While she stepped away from modeling full-time in 2000, Cindy still appears in fashion magazines and campaigns occasionally. She is seen in December 2022

She married Rande Gerber in 1998, and they share two kids together - son Presley, born in 1999, and daughter Kaia, born in 2001. She is pictured with Kaia in November 2021

She married Rande Gerber in 1998, and they share two kids together – son Presley, born in 1999, and daughter Kaia, born in 2001. She is pictured with Kaia in November 2021

Cindy also launched a series of popular exercise videos throughout the ’90s and 2000s, and appeared in numerous TV commercials.

In the late ’90s, she broke into the world of acting, starring in the movie Fair Game in 1995, and the flick The Simian Line is 2001.

While she stepped away from modeling full-time in 2000, Cindy still appears in fashion magazines and campaigns occasionally.

She recently became a spokesperson for Omega watches. She also created her own line of beauty products with Jean-Louis Sebagh, called Meaningful Beauty, in 2005, and launched her own collection of furniture in 2009. 

In 2019, she ventured into the world of restaurants when she purchased a Hollywood deli, called Nate ‘n Al, with her husband, Rande Gerber.

Her and Rande married in 1998, and they share two kids together – son Presley, born in 1999, and daughter Kaia, born in 2001, who has followed in her mother’s footsteps and become a successful model.

Claudia Schiffer

During the '90s, Claudia (seen in 1991) appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Time, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and People, to name a few

During the ’90s, Claudia (seen in 1991) appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Time, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and People, to name a few

The star (seen in 1992) also walked in runway shows for Versace, Christian Dior, Fendi, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel

The star (seen in 1994) also walked in runway shows for Versace, Christian Dior, Fendi, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel

The star (seen left in 1992 and right in 1994) also walked in runway shows for Versace, Christian Dior, Fendi, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel

Claudia, 52, originally from Germany, was scouted by the head of Metropolitan Model Agency at a nightclub when she was 17. 

She was then signed by the agency, and left high school to become a model, landing her first cover later that year on Elle magazine.

In 1989, she starred in numerous campaigns for Guess, and was chosen by Karl Lagerfield to become the new face of Chanel.

During the ’90s, she continued to shine, appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Time, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and People, to name a few.

She also walked in runway shows for Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Fendi, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Valentino. 

Claudia continued to model during the 2000s, and still appears in campaigns today. She is pictured in December 2021

Claudia continued to model during the 2000s, and still appears in campaigns today. She is pictured in December 2021

In addition, she served as a judge on Fashion Fringe in 2011, released a series of exercise videos, and became the owner of a chain of restaurants. She is pictured in 2017

In addition, she served as a judge on Fashion Fringe in 2011, released a series of exercise videos, and became the owner of a chain of restaurants. She is pictured in 2017

She also acted in movies like Richie Rich, The Blackout, Friends & Lovers, Black and White, Love Actually, and Zoolander.

Claudia continued to model during the 2000s, and still appears in campaigns today.

In addition, she served as a judge on Fashion Fringe in 2011, released a series of exercise videos, and became the owner of a chain of restaurants called the Fashion Café alongside Christy, Naomi, and Elle Machpherson. In 2011, she launched her own cashmere clothing collection. 

She married English film director Matthew Vaughn in 2002, and they have welcomed a son, Caspar in 2003, and two daughters together, Clementine in 2004 and Cosima in 2010.

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