Fashion models through out history have graced the covers of many a magazine. The full page, glossy, color spreads depict fashion models at the height of glamour. To be sure, they are almost always thin and beautiful and while not necessarily reflecting the ideal image of the average women, they are nonetheless easy to look at it. While most fashion models are "just another pretty face", there have been some great fashion models who were more than that.
In the late 1940s and the 1950s, Mary Jane Russell graced the cover of fashion giants Vogue and Harper's Bazaar dozens of times. She was a favorite of world famous photographers Irving Penn and Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Though she was graceful and lovely, she was only 5 foot 6 inches, which was, and still is, considered short for fashion models. Nonetheless, she was undeniably the biggest supermodel of the era. Mary Jane Russell died in 2003 at the age of 77.
One of the greatest of fashion models was born in 1965 and began her modeling career at the age of 3. Brooke Shields, best known as for her modeling of Calvin Klein jeans, had a long and successful modeling career. Even though she transcended into the world of acting, she never became a leading lady of Hollywood. However, she remains one of the most recognizable faces of all time.
In December of 2005, Victoria Secret fashion model favorite Tyra Banks made her proclaimed last walk down the runway. Tyra's bubbly personality and respectable figure has left a mark on the modeling industry. As she pursues other career avenues, she will not soon be forgotten as a Sports Illustrated and Victoria Secret all-time favorite.
Though many fashion models have come and gone, the greatest of the great attract attention and sell fashion, but they also have encouraged self-respect and sense of beauty amongst women.