Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Instagram

See How the Hottest Supermodels of the ’70s Have Changed Over the Years

Photo Credits: Bettmann/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Mike Coppola/ Getty Images/ cropped
Photo Credits: Bettmann/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Mike Coppola/ Getty Images/ cropped

The 1970s brought about its own fashion style, focused on individual expression that included those classic bell bottoms, miniskirts, and bright colors. At the peak of this fashion movement were those who modeled the clothing, earning themselves significant fame. This is what nine of the hottest supermodels from the 1970s looked like at the height of their careers, and what they look like now.

Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson is arguably one of the most successful models from the 1970s. After she won the “Miss High Fashion Model” competition, she moved to New York. She didn’t have much luck there but relocated to Paris instead, where she was highly successful. By the time she returned to New York in 1978, she was a popular model with consistent work.

Side by side close up of young Janice Dickinson's face holding a compact, and Janice Dickinson now wearing a purple fur coat.
Janice Dickerson at a photoshoot in 1978, and at the LA Art Show Opening Night Premiere Party Benefiting St. Jude in 2022. (Photo Credit: Susan Wood/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images/ cropped)

In the 1980s she had earned herself the title of supermodel for her popularity and how easy she was to recognize. As Dickinson’s modeling career eventually dwindled, she picked up work as a fashion photographer so that she could stay in the industry. At this time she also worked as a judge on America’s Next Top Model. Later in life, she was featured on many different TV shows as a celebrity.

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton is best known for her signature feature, the gap between her two front teeth. Initially, this was something that modeling agents looked down on, but when she was signed by Revlon in 1973, that all changed. Hutton modeled for most of her life, continuing in the industry well into her 70s at New York Fashion Week.

Side by side photo of a young Lauren Hutton with her hand on her face, and Lauren Hutton now wearing a green shirt
Lauren Hutton at a photoshoot in 1974, and at the Valentino show during Paris Haute Couture in 2019. (Photo Credit: Archive Photos/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Estrop/ Getty Images/ cropped)

As with many models, she also tried her hand at acting, featuring in Paper Lion (1968) with M*A*S*H star Alan Alda, The Gambler (1974), American Gigolo (1980), and TV shows Paper Dolls and Nip/Tuck. Outside of her career, Hutton is a lifelong diver, promoting marine conservation and diving all over the world.

Grace Jones

Grace Jones first started modeling in New York when she signed with Wilhelmina Models in 1966. As with Janice Dickinson, it wasn’t until she moved to Paris in 1970 that she took off in popularity. She modeled for prestigious designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and was featured on the covers of high fashion magazines such as Elle and Vogue.

Side by side photos of a young Grace Jones with light blond hair twisted in a ponytail, and Grace Jones now wearing a black jacket and gold skull hat.
Grace Jones at a photoshoot in 1977, and performing at the Kite Festival in 2022. (Photo Credit: Gilles Petard/ Redferns/ Getty Images/ cropped, and David Corio/ Redferns/ Getty Images/ cropped)

In the 1970s Jones also took up a singing career, releasing many popular albums throughout the last few decades. She still performs her music. By the 1980s she added another career into the mix, appearing in many films with famous actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tim Curry.

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley became famous for modeling in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues. She was first discovered at a post office in Paris in 1973 by an American photographer. After joining the industry, she appeared on three Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers in a row – 1979, 1980, and 1981 – an unprecedented feat at the time. In addition, she was the face of CoverGirl for 25 years, making an appearance on an impressive 500 or more magazine covers. 

Left: Christie modeling in the '70s and right, on the runway in 2022
Christie Brinkley at a photo shoot, October 1976, and at the Michael Kors Collection Spring/Summer 2023 Runway Show in New York City, September 1, 2022. (Photo Credits: Susan Wood/ Getty Images/ Cropped, and Pierre Suu/ GC Images/ Getty Images/ Cropped

She went on to work in many different industries outside of modeling, including acting, photography, writing, and activism. She starred in National Lampoon’s Vacation, and was featured in The Cosby Show and Mad About You. Brinkley married the famous musician Billy Joel in 1985, but the pair divorced in 1994. She had three other marriages. 

Cristina Ferrare

Cristina Ferrare began acting at the young age of 14, before working as a model for Max Factor makeup at 16. By 20, she was taking on jobs modeling on the cover of different major fashion magazines. Through her modeling career, she began to get offers to work in film.

Side by side photos of young Cristina Ferrare sitting down wearing a poncho, and Cristina Ferrare now with short blonde hair and a floral collared shirt.
Cristina Ferrare in a scene from the film J.W. Coop in 1971, and at the 32nd Annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon in 2022. (Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures/ Getty Images cropped, and Phillip Faraone/ Getty Images/ cropped)

She rose in popularity through acting in many films in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She played the lead in The Impossible Years (1968), J.W. Coop (1968), and Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1972). In 2000, she and her mother created the Cristina Ferrare Collection of clothing. Later in life, she began acting on TV shows, including Big Bowl of Love, and The Home Show. 

Patti Hansen

Unlike many 1970s supermodels, Patti Hansen didn’t go out of her way to have a career in fashion. She was discovered while working at a hot dog stand in 1972. She was quickly whisked away to Paris before eventually being featured in many magazines including Seventeen, American Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, and Esquire. 

Side by side photo of young Patti Hansen putting on makeup in a compact, and Patti Hansen now wearing a fuzzy purple jacket.
Patti Hansen at a photoshoot in 1976, and at the Michael Kors 2020 Fashion Show in 2019. (Photo Credit: David Attie/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Sean Zanni/ Patrick McMullan/ Getty Images/ cropped)

Outside of her modeling, Hansen is also well known for marrying Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. She met him when she was only 23 while on the dance floor at Studio 54, the famous disco nightclub in New York City. The couple was married on December 18, 1983 – his 40th birthday.

Cheryl Tiegs

Cheryl Tiegs is often considered to be the first American supermodel and a pinnacle of ’70s pop culture. Her career started after she posed for a bathing suit ad while in her senior year of high school. The staff at the fashion magazine Glamour saw the ad and booked her immediately for her first shoot, and the rest is history. Tiegs went on to book shoots with multiple magazines.

Side by side photos of young Cheryl Tiegs smiling at the camera, and Cheryl Tiegs now wearing a black shirt and jacket.
Cheryl Tiegs at a photoshoot in 1978, and at the Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards Gala in 2019. (Photo Credit: Bettmann/ Getty Images/ cropped, and  Jesse Grant/ Getty Images/ cropped)

It was a photo of her wearing a pink bikini in 1978 that became her most iconic, and its popularity was unrivaled throughout the 1970s. Later in her life, she was featured on a variety of different TV shows as a celebrity guest.

Jerry Hall

Model-turned-actress Jerry Hall was one of the most popular models of the 1970s. She was scouted while on a trip to the French Riviera with her twin sister, Terry. Soon after, she moved to Paris to start her career. By 1977, she had appeared on the cover of over 40 magazines including Italian Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She was also earning an impressive rate of over $1,000 a day at this point as she was one of the most wanted models in the world.

Jerry Hall at a reception in the '70s, left, and at another event on the right in 2018
Jerry Hall at a reception, December, 8, 1979, and at the British Fashion Awards in London, England, December 10, 2018. (Photo Credits: Edoardo Fornaciari/ Getty Images/ Cropped, and Daniel Leal/ AFP/ Getty Images/ Cropped)

In 1980 she appeared in the movie Urban Cowboy, and Batman in 1989. In the following years, she continued acting in both television and film. One of the things that she is arguably best known for is her marriage to Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. The pair had four children together before they decided to separate, and their marriage was declared to be not legally valid. She went on to marry Rupert Murdoch, from whom she is also divorced. 

Karen Bjornson

Karen Bjornson is best known for being one of the “Halstonettes,” a group of models who followed the famous designer Roy Halston Frowick, simply known as Halston, around. She was one of his muses for two years, having just arrived in New York City to work in modeling.

Side by side photo of a young Karen Bjornson wearing a long white dress, and Karen Bjornson now wearing dangling earrings and a sparkling silver dress.
Karen Bjornson at the Halston After Party for Cody Awards in 1972, and at the Naeem Khan Readt to Wear fashion show in 2019. (Photo Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd./ Wireimage/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Victor Virgile/ Gamma-Rapho/ Getty Images/ cropped)

She walked the runway for many different designers later in her career as well, including Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Ralph Lauren, and Donna Karan. Although she retired from her career in 1989 to become a mother, she did make a comeback when she was 50.


Supermodel Iman was discovered while studying political science at the University of Nairobi in 1975. She was extremely successful in her career and was the muse of multiple designers: Gianni Versace, Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Yves Saint Laurent. Iman was featured on the cover of many different fashion magazines around the world.

Side by side photo of a young Iman in a red dress, and Iman now in a cheetah print dress.
Iman at a photoshoot in 1975, and at the Fifteen Percent Pledge Benefit Gala in 2022. (Photo Credit: Anthony Barboza/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Taylor Hill/ WireImage/ Getty Images/ cropped)

Iman became so popular that she was also considered one of the great supermodels. She went on to marry David Bowie in 1992, and they stayed together until his death in 2016. The couple met when a friend set them up on a blind date in 1990.

Marisa Berenson

American Marisa Berenson was discovered by Vogue when she was a teenager, working her way into the industry in the 1960s. That didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most prominent models of the ‘70s, however. She was called “the girl of the Seventies” by Yves Saint Laurent, and, according to Berenson herself, was one of the highest-paid models in the world at the height of her career. She was the cover girl for Vogue in July 1970 and Time in December 1975.

Marisa Berenson in a black and white photo, left and walking the runway in 2022, right
Marisa Berenson at a photo shoot in the late 1960s or early 1970s, and at the Thom Browne Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2023 Show in Paris, June 26, 2022. (Photo Credits: Jack Robinson/ Hulton Archive/ Getty Images/ Cropped, and Victor Virgile/ Gamma-Rapho/ Getty Images/ Cropped

Outside of modeling, she was known for her appearances on the American nightclub scene, even earning the nickname “The Queen of the Scene.” She began acting while she was still modeling, first starring in Death in Venice in 1971, and eventually winning a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 1972 edition of Cabaret. She continued acting in her later life, and even broke into stage acting in August 2016 when she appeared in Romeo and Juliet in London, England.

Rene Russo

Rene Russo is probably best known now for being a famous actress, but when her career first started she was a model. She became famous in the ’70s after being discovered at a Rolling Stones concert. Russo became extremely popular, getting featured on the cover of Vogue and Cosmopolitan

Side by side photos of a young Renee Russo flipping her hair, and Renee Russo now in a black shirt and red lipstick.
Rene Russo at a taping of The Merv Griffin Show in 1978, and at the premiere of Velvet Buzzsaw in 2019. (Photo Credits: Ron Galella/ Ron Galella Collection/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Steve Granitz/ WireImage/ Getty Images/ cropped)

More from us: Here Are The ‘Most Beautiful’ People of the ’90s – And How They Look Today

Brooke Shields went so far as to call Russo the “most beautiful thing that ever walked the face of the earth.”By the time she was 30, she’d moved on to acting instead of modeling. Her first film was Major League (1989) but she went on to star in multiple popular movies including Yours, Mine & Ours (2005), The Intern (2015), and as Frigga in many films in the Thor franchise.

Rosemary Giles

Rosemary Giles is a history content writer with Hive Media. She received both her bachelor of arts degree in history, and her master of arts degree in history from Western University. Her research focused on military, environmental, and Canadian history with a specific focus on the Second World War. As a student, she worked in a variety of research positions, including as an archivist. She also worked as a teaching assistant in the History Department.

Since completing her degrees, she has decided to take a step back from academia to focus her career on writing and sharing history in a more accessible way. With a passion for historical learning and historical education, her writing interests include social history, and war history, especially researching obscure facts about the Second World War. In her spare time, Rosemary enjoys spending time with her partner, her cats, and her horse, or sitting down to read a good book.