There are tens of thousands of models out there, but only an elite few ever reach super model status. What is the difference between a model and a supermodel, you may ask. Well, supermodel is a fairly new term that came into existence in 1979 when Janice Dickinson called herself the worlds first supermodel. However, supermodels have existed since the early 1930’s. A model is a pretty girl who you see in catalogs and on runways. A supermodel is someone you can recognize outside of the fashion world. You know their names and often, they’ve done something other than model – host a show, write a book, star in a film. Here are some modern supermodels showcasing their super styles.

Tyra Banks and Pour La Victoire Portia

Here, Tyra is seen walking the red carpet at the BET awards. Her look is silky and simple but she spices it up with some sexy shoes, similar to the Pour La Victoire Portia. The Pour La Victoire pumps share the same silky texture, platform and height. Tyra has done a lot during her 20 year career. She started modeling in 11th grade and went on to be one of the biggest names in fashion. She was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Victoria’s Secret Catalog. In 1997, she received the VH1 award for Supermodel of the Year. She hosted and produced America’s Next Top model and her own talk show; she’s starred in over half a dozen movies, she’s tried her hand at singing and she’s written a book – she most definitely qualifies as a super model.

Gisele Bundchen and Steve Madden I-Kitchi

Here Gisele Bundchen is spotted leaving a studio in California wearing a cute and casual everyday look comprised of jeans, a tee and embellished flats, similar to the Steve Madden I-Kitchi. Her flats feature sequins, this Steve Madden pair features rhinestone studs – both are adorable. We love how the high fashion model is often spotted in her downtime wearing flats, sandals or boots, it’s nice to know they’re just like the rest of us. Well, except for the fact that Gisele is a multi-millionaire and the top paid model in the world.

Elle MacPhearson and Michael Kors Jersey

The Australian model is nearly 50 and still gorgeous. Here she’s seen on the set of an Ashton Kutcher flick wearing cuffed jeans, a long sleeve tee and glittery gold gladiator sandals similar to the Michael Kors Jersey. These Michael Kors flats came straight out of heaven for a goddess worthy look. Elle currently hosts Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, has a hugely popular lingerie line and has been the host for numerous work out vids. Popular in the eighties she was a top supermodel that still has a presence today.

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