Sunday, October 24, 2010

Six On Sunday - Supermodels

You heard me.

I've been in a bit of a Nyquil fog this weekend. Those eerie, green horse-pills do strange things to me... They keep me up at night when I'm begging for sleep. They topsy-turvy me.

All night long I did the Sleepless Jig - turning, turning, turning. (And blowing my nose every 15 seconds, but that's not quite as book-worthy.)

I thought about what I would wear to church in the morning (my Rudolph-nosed self ended up staying in bed), I thought about our dinner menu for the first week of November (it's a sickness I have) and then I remembered that the next day was Six On Sunday day, and all I can tell you is that it came to me like sunshine on a cloudy day - Supermodels!

I think I've already shared my early 90's obsession. It was legendary. It was mostly secret, but it was still legendary. At least in my mind.

So, here they are - my top six runway broads (because I know you're just dying to know):

Helena Christensen
Homegirl was always my favorite. If you don't believe me, just ask Sarah. There was something about her face that was a bit otherworldly, in a good way. She was also just aloof enough to be a bit enigmatic, maybe a bit of a loner, and that always speaks to me. Plus, I like the name Helena. So there.

Christy Turlington
Turly, as they (and I - duh) called her, was one of the Big Three, back in the day. She was the nicest. And the most humble. And maybe the prettiest. Rumored to be included in the "we" of Linda Evangelista's infamous quote, "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day", she was the very essence of Supermodel. She rocked a multitude of hairstyles, dated moguls and rock-stars, and breezed quite gracefully into post-Supermodeldom. No scandal. No hullabaloo. She's the teacher's pet of the whole lot of 'em. I'll bet she never even did drugs. (Not that any of them did...)

Kristen McMenamy
K-Mac emerged at the tail end of the reign of the pretty, curvy girls. All straight lines and scowly face, odd hairdo and piercings, she was the sour pickle to their cotton candy. She raged in with the Grungy girls and gave a whole new meaning to the catwalk stomp. I loved her for the fact that she was living proof that a girl with a very, ahem, unconventional look, could still be seen as beautiful. She created a ruckus when she shaved her eyebrows off and recently did it again when she emerged from "retirement" with naturally grey hair down to her booty. She's a rule-breaker. She defies convention and even today, refuses her spot in my center-aligned, single-file line. It's all good, K-Mac. We would expect nothing less.

Trish Goff
This cat stayed mostly above the fray. I can't recall even a morsel of juice about her. What I can say is that she was scrawny and brown-eyed and not especially striking, and I liked it.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Keep in mind - these are my favorite Supermodels. Not my favorite talk show hosts. Not my favorite reality tv hosts. She was beautiful and a little exotic. She was also the rumored subject of a vicious rivalry at the hands of fashion's Loosest Cannon - Naomi Campbell, and we all know how I feel about underdogs...

Niki Taylor
My love for Niki goes way back to her first fashion cover - Seventeen magazine. Although it did always cause me a small measure of distress that she was just one year older than me, I faithfully rooted for her success. She was the quintessential American girl and made Cindy Crawford's mole seem almost garish in comparison. I still remember where I was when I heard the news that her younger sister, and fellow model, Krissy, died unexpectedly. They were like sisters to us. (Sort of.)

Honorable Mentions:
Claudia Schiffer - Guess jeans. 'Nuff said. In the end though, she dated David Creepyfield and that just says something about her.

Stephanie Seymour -A classic beauty with an air of mystery. And she rocked that wedding dress in the November Rain video. (We'll pretend that Stephanie's volatile, throwing-large-breakables-at-one-another dalliance with Axl Rose says nothing about her, just for the sake of the argument.)

So, there you have it.

I'm sure we'll all rest better tonight.


  1. too funny. And not pathetic at all(eh hmmm). My fav was always Christy Brinkley. Naturally gorgeous. I remember after her plane wreck seeing the pics of her and she could have walked down the runway right then she was so perfect. And hello, Uptown Girl?? Can't forget the Billy Joel classic:)

  2. I always love these.

    Be careful with the Nyquil, girlie! That stuff gives me hallucinations instead of dreams. The last time I took it, I went to sleep and thought I was a carrot for eight hours.

    True story.

  3. They don't make supermodels like they used too. Being an Aussie, Elle McPherson is,naturally,in my top 6. I love Cindy too, especially cos she was never a skinny girl.
    Such a fun post Shannan.
    Hope you are feeling better! x

  4. Paulina Poriskova? I'm sure I didn't spell that right.

  5. I always liked Cindy Crawford...just an american beauty, oh and Christy Brinkley. Hope you feel better soon. Honey just got over that snotty mess. Fun! Fun!

  6. Well, I am a lot older... Margeaux Hemmingway, Iman, Jerry Hall, and Lauren Hutton, and Christy Brinkley.
    Feel better soon. Nyquil is some good stuff!!

  7. Awww. Turly is adorable.

    p.s. I started reading one of the books on your "fav" list-- Love Walked In. Ohmaword. It truly is poetic. (no duh; the author is a poet, but ya know...)
    I love it so far:) Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. I think you need to stop watching so much tv, and reading so many magazines. Do you like felt?

  9. First, I'm sorry your sick! If we lived nearby, I'd bring you soup!

    Second, Nikki was my favorite. I kept that Seventeen magazine for years! My best friend and I would argue over who looked more like her! (neither of us did!) I also liked and still do Christy. She's gorgeous!

  10. I always liked Patti Hanson too....only found out not too long ago that she was married to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. I always like Paulina Porizkova too.

  11. As I was scrolling down I kept thinking of one of the best supermodels this side of the mississippi and waiting for her name to could you have made such an error...after all we've been through together.!! if my luggage rack pose wasn't good enough!!

  12. Oh hope you sleep better tonight...those pills that say NIGHTIME on them...keep me up tooooo.

    Love all these models!

    Get better hugs to you.

  13. I loved all these girls too...helena always had the "other-worldly" thing going on. Remember her in Chris Isaac's video--whoo! gotta hose down :) How fun to jaunt down my high school path tonight!

    I hope you feel better, girl!

  14. I was never up on supermodels but I always adored Niki Taylor, she somehow seemed "normal." And now that I am up for the morning, I feel like I may sleep better tonight knowing this information ;) lol

  15. I so appreciate this post. I love me some 90's supermodels. Weren't these chicks in a George Michael video at some point. I remember buying the Seventeen with Nikki Taylor on the cover. What was up with her busting out twins when she was like 19??? Crazy! I do love L.Evangelista too. Hairstyles only, I need to specify.

  16. Glad to see you didn't forget Nikki T.! ;) And a nice shout out to Krissy (RIP), although you failed to mention Nikki's most horrific crash. Also, I was hoping for a photo of the NEW Kristen McN. And you didn't mention that Christy was a smoker, remember? and turned into an anti-smoking advocate and she's married to hottay Ed Burns! And I think someone is right here, didn't you like Paulina P? And of course, I shared your fondness for little-known Trish.

  17. Hey girl, what about Cindy Crawford?? I love me some Cindy. Nothing better than a girl that was going to college to be a Nuclear Engineer becoming a Supermodel!


  18. I've never known much about supermodels - thanks for the lesson! Hope you feel better soon!

  19. Hello- how could you miss Naomi, Cindy, and Linda (I never get out of bed for less than $10,000) The 90's supermodels were fierce- member Fashion Cafe? hahaha- your not the only that was obsessed- I can break out the Cindy Crawford Workout

  20. I loved Niki Taylor too--she seemed so sweet... and I had a special place in my heart for Cindy Crawford who grew up in Dekalb, IL, about a half an hour from where I grew up. :)

    And she married Richard Gere. yum

  21. i just can't stay quiet here....what about linda! as in evangelista??!?!?!? she is my absolute favorite supermodel.....and brave hair coloring muse extraordinaire!

  22. Okay, so I'm here, catching up. Hubby has gone to bed for the night, and though I know it will probably take me a few extra minutes to fall asleep with the now "humming" of his nose, I really wanted to catch up on my reading. Not sure why I'm commenting on this post rather than any of the others, but I wanted to tell you that met Niki Taylor once. I was hanging out with some people she was also hanging out with at a night club back in my "single days". My friends introduced her to me as "Nicole"... I thought she looked familiar, but I was home and in bed before it hit me who she was. I was/am definitely behind on my supermodel trivia. Thanks for the quick lesson tonight, it may come in handy in case I ever see her again. ;)