Who Are Some of the Best-Known Models?


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Some of the best-known models include Twiggy, Iman and Tyra Banks. Each woman, in addition to her modeling, also found success in other industries, such as television.

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Twiggy's real name is Lesley Lawson, although she was born Lesley Hornby on Sept. 19, 1949. She received her nickname due to her thin body. The Daily Express called her "the face of 1966," the same year when she was voted British Woman of the Year. She has also worked as a singer and actor, appearing in multiple films and television shows.

Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid was born on July 25, 1955. A photoshoot for Vogue in 1976 was her first modeling job, after which she quickly booked several popular magazine covers. In 1994, Iman started a makeup line called Iman Cosmetics. She has appeared in television shows and films. She has also hosted television fashion shows, including "Project Runway Canada" and "The Fashion Show."

Tyra Banks was born on Dec. 4, 1973. Her first modeling contract was with Elite Modeling Management in 1990, after Banks had been rejected from multiple other agencies. She was the first black woman to appear on the cover of multiple magazines, including GQ and Sports Illustrated. Banks has had a successful television career, as an actor, host and the creator of shows such as "America's Next Top Model." Numerous models, including Twiggy, have appeared on "America's Next Top Model" as guests.

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