7. 1986: Kim Alexis
Alexis attained global prominence when she replaced Lauren Hutton as the face of Revlon Ultimate II Line in 1983. She was a regular feature in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the 1980s.
She also acted in a few TV shows and movies, most notably Holy Man where she starred along Eddie Murphy.
8. 1987: Yasmin Le Bon
This British born model was of the highest-paid during the 1980s. She started modeling while still in school and covered the first American and British issues of Elle. She also featured on the cover of other magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan.
In 1987, she became the face of Guess? This mother of three has represented prestigious fashion brands such as Banana Republic, Dior, Versace, Chanel, and Calvin Klein.
9. 1988: Karen Alexander
Alexander's story is that of persistence and never giving up in the face of rejection. The Afro-American model was rejected by several modeling agencies who gave reasons such as being un-photogenic or uncommercial enough, but she didn't give up.
The now-defunct Legend agency finally signed her and she went on to establish herself as one of the top models of the 1980s. She covered Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, etc. She represented Tiffany & Co., Chanel and Cover Girl in advertising campaigns.
10. 1989: Kathy Ireland
Ireland is one of the wealthiest models alive. She started modeling as a teenager in 1979 and peaked a decade later with The 1989 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue which she covered. To date, this issue is the most sold issue and it was named the Greatest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover of All Time at the 50th anniversary of the magazine.
She founded a Kathy Ireland World Wide, a brand marketing agency in 1993 and business was so profitable that by 2015, Forbes estimated her to be worth $420 million dollars.
11. 1990: Linda Evangelista
She started modeling in 1984 with Elite Model Management. Following the advice of photographer Peter Lindbergh, she cut her hair short in a hairstyle called the Linda. This move was successful as it inspired many women around the world to copy the haircut.
She was nicknamed the Chameleon due to her ability to seamlessly change her appearance. In 2008, she was voted as "The Greatest Supermodel of All Time" by the viewers of the television show Fashion File.
12. 1991: Christy Turlington
This model was famous for her perfectly symmetrical face and pillow lipped smile which made Grace Coddington of American Vogue magazine to describe her as "the most beautiful woman in the world.
She was one of the highest-earning models of her time and in 1991, earned $800,000 during a 12-day campaign with Maybelline. She represented Calvin Klein Eternity campaign twice in 1989 and 2014 and was a regular cover feature. She also runs a nonprofit organization called Every Mother Counts, which focuses on making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.