is a famous and extremely highly paid fashion model
, almost always female
. The term also implies steady access to work, uncommon in the highly volatile fashion
industry. They are, almost by definition, sex symbols. The term emerged in the 1970s
, though a number of models had become famous in their own right as far back as Dorian Leigh
in the late 1940s
Supermodels of today are globally famous, and parlay their celebrity for product endorsement deals and often into acting careers. Supermodels who have made the switch include Milla Jovovich, Elle Macpherson, Monica Bellucci, and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
Some supermodels of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s include: