The Super Model Entrepreneurs Who Ditched The Catwalk For Business
- They Are Known For Their Appearance But It Is Their Brains That Have Made Them Succesful Businesswomen
- They Wanted To Be Known For More Than Their Beauty - So They Became Entrepreneurs
The Entrepreneurs That Started Out On The Catwalk
Time and time again we see celebrities and high profile individuals become famous and then start to branch out into other fields.
Whether it's Heidi Klum who started out as a model and is now more known for being a judge on America's Got Talent or even if its Kylie Jenner who started out as the shy youngster on Keeping Up With The Kardashians but is now the billionaire owner of a cosmetic company at the age of 23.
Regardless of their route to the top one thing is obvious. The more successful you become the more opportunities arise for you and these beautiful women made the most of those opportunities.
Cindy Crawford Started Meaningful Beauty Skincare Product
During the 90s Cindy Crawford was THE supermodel that every magazine and fashion designer wanted. After her famous entrance to the Oscars in 1990 in THAT red Versace dress she was a household name.
By the time she had retired from modelling in the 2000s the Illinois born supermodel had appearances in a number of iconic Pepsi Commercials and music videos - most notably the 1994 music video with Jon Bon Jovi in "Please Come Home For Christmas".
Christine Brinkley Launched Her Own Line Of Skincare Products
Christine Brinkley is the former Sports Illustrated model that
that has gone on to have a fruitful career in acting and now in business.
The supermodel was first introduced to modelling when she was studying art in Paris and was approached by a fashion photographer in a queue at the post office.
That chance meeting changed her life as the Michigan born Brinkley went on to appear in over 500 magazine covers and is perhaps best known for being the "Uptown Girl" in Billy Joel's hit music video.
Gisele Bündchen Has Her Own Line Of Flip Flops
Brazilian born Gisele started her modelling career at the very young age of 14, moving to Sao Paulo in the hope of becoming a star.
Thanks to her natural beauty it only took Gisele only a few years for her rise to the top in the industry as she was widely credited to bringing "natural beauty" to the fore rather than the late 90s "heroin chic".
Rebecca Romijn Took The Model To Acting Transition To A New Level
Modelling has provided the gateway for a number of high profile actresses in order for them to "get their foot in the door" and to get recognised for upcoming roles.
Whilst it is a good strategy to build up your name before you enter Hollywood, it's rare for the actress to be known for their film roles rather than for their modelling.
Rebecca Romijn broke this mould and although the Sports Illustrated cover model was hugely succesful before her acting career it has been her subsequent film roles which she is best known for.
Elle Macpherson Founded WelleCo In 2014
Elle "The Body" Macpherson has had a varied career at the top. During the 1990s she was part of the emergence of a new generation of supermodels that included the likes of Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell.
In TV, the Aussie born star famously had a brief stint as Joey's roomate and girlfriend, Janine, in Friends and was the host of the popular Britain's Next Top Model. She has even had a dabble in Hollywood movies as Julie Madison in Batman & Robin but the less we mention that movie the better.
Miranda Kerr Founded Beauty Line Kora Organics
Australian Miranda Kerr grabbed our attention during the late 2000s as the next big Victoria's Secret model. Dubbed a "Victoria's Secret Angel" the Kerr's fame skyrocketed when she revealed that she was engaged to Hollywood star Orlando Bloom, making them Hollywood's most beautiful couple by far.
Although their marriage would eventually fail, Kerr's business that she set up during this time would go on to be a huge success.
Former Swimsuit Model Heidi Klum Is A Business Guru
Swimsuit model Heidi Klum rose to fame in the early 90s after winning a modelling competition in her native Germany which had over 25,000 applicants.
She quickly became one of the most famous Victoria's Secret Models during the 2000s known for her obvious beauty but also her bubbly personality.
Not satisfied with her success as one of the world's most famous models, Klum is somewhat of a workaholic as she dedicates her time between the numerous ventures that she is involved in.
Claudia Schiffer Started A Restaurant Chain With Other Supermodels
At the height of her fame during the 90s, Claudia Schiffer was part of the emergence of a new breed of supermodels that were captivating the fashion industry.
Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson and Christy Turlington were household names at this time. Looking to capitalise on their fame the four embarked on a business venture that looked set to become as lucrative as their modelling careers.
Tyra Banks Made America's Top Model What It Is Today
During the 90s not only was Tyra Banks setting the fashion industry alight but the Californian born model also featured as Will Smith's love interest in one of the most popular sitcoms running at the time, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Like so many high profile models she made a succesful transition to the entertainment industry but it was until 2003 where she would transform her career.
Under her production company, Bankable, the star developed one of the highest rated prime time shows of all time, America's Next Top Model. After a brief hiatus in 2015 the show has been running continuously since 2003 such is the popularity of the competition which Banks has fronted for all 24 series.
Iman Is The Founder And CEO Of Iman Cosmetics
Somali born Iman (Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid) set the fashion world alight during the 1980s with her tall, slender stature that was unique to her. Versace, Calvin Klein and all the high profile fashion labels would clamour over each other for her services.
Her profile erupted when in 1992 when she appeared as an Egyptian Queen in Michael Jackson's music video for "Remember The Time". It was during this period that Iman retired from modelling after spending 20 succesful years in the industry.
Kathy Ireland Is Worth Over $400m
Californian born Kathy Ireland was one of Sports Illustrated's favourite supermodels appearing over 13 times during the 1980s, a record she still holds to this day. Although she loved her modelling career the mother of three had other ambitions than just being in front of the camera.
Even though the Sports Illustrated photoshoots made her a household name, Ireland is best known today for her brand that she founded in 1993, Kathy Ireland Worldwide.
Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
It's very easy to underestimate people who primarily use their looks to get ahead. However, as we have seen those who able market themselves go on to bigger and better things.
In a competitive landscape use whatever tools are available to you in order to get noticed. When you start to achieve success more and more opportunities will be available to you.
Capitalising on those opportunities can transform your life as many of these supermodels have done.