The Big 6 Comeback

Kate Moss

Famously discovered at the age of 14, Moss remains the world’s most beguiling model 20 years later. The resurgence of her career post cocaine scandal is still in full swing. She is confirmed for five new campaigns for the new year. Similarly, her clothing range with Topshop has already sold out in the UK and has just launched in the Far East, and will help launch the flagship US Topshop. Purported to be worth more than £40m, she has a daughter, Lila Grace, 6, by the magazine editor Jefferson Hack, and is currently dating Jamie Hince, guitarist of the Kills.

Claudia Schiffer

Germany’s most famous beauty began modelling 21 years ago. Her presence in the Guess jeans ads in the early 1990s catapulted her to fame, then, six years ago, she married the film producer and director Matthew Vaughn, with whom she has two children, Caspar and Clementine. They live in Notting Hill and are worth an estimated £60m. Late last year, Claudia, 38, became Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel muse once again. She is now the face of Dolce & Gabbana.

Linda Evangelista

Evangelista, 43, was discovered 30 years ago. Her bob hairstyle and infamous comment that “We won’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day” brought her notoriety and fame throughout her 1990s peak. However, she took a three-year break from the industry to have her son, Augustin James, now 2. She has never identified his father. She is now back, fronting Prada’s autumn/winter 2008 campaign.

Naomi Campbell

The sight of Campbell and black newbie Jourdan Dunn walking down the runway together at the end of the Issa spring/summer 2009 show seemed to signal a changing of the guard. Recent years had seen her become a tabloid target for drug and behaviour scandals and she languished in the doldrums of high-street campaigns. At the age of 38, however, Campbell has just become the face of Yves Saint Laurent. Her Fashion for Relief campaign is bringing her increasing influence across the industry and she now has seven fragrances under her belt. She is currently dating the Russian entrepreneur Vladimir Doronin.

Christy Turlington

Those Calvin Klein fragrance ads 21 years ago secured Turlington her iconic status in the industry. Her face is perhaps most synonymous with the era of the Big Six. She retired from the runway at the age of 25 and has since developed her own skin-care line, Sundari, and two clothing lines in association with Puma, Nuala and Mahanuala. This season, however, Escada persuaded her to return to high fashion at the age of 39. She is married to the actor/director Edward Burns, and they have two children, Grace and Finn.

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