6 Top Female Models Who Went to Prestigious Colleges
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is the most prestigious and most watched fashion show in the United States every year.
With performers like Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, and many more showing up to commence the runway show, constantly draws the media’s attention every time. (watch video below)
Also, the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model became such a worldwide phenomenon that it spawned versions all around the globe: Britain’s Next Top Model, Australia’s Next Top Model, Asia’s Next Top Model, and so on.
Models are constantly known for their beauty, grace, and daring catwalks, but don’t think that they’re just all about the modeling. Some of them dropped out of college to pursue their modeling career, but many also remained to complete their degrees.
Christy Turlington Columbia University
Supermodel Christy Nicole Turlington Burns is a Maybelline model. In 2013, she was named Women of the Year by Glamour Magazine, and in 2014, she was one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Turlington was born in Walnut Creek, California, and was discovered when she was horse-riding in Miami. A photographer named Dennie Cody helped jumpstart her modeling career.
While in high school, she continued to model, but then went to New York City to follow her modeling career.
But in 1994 she went to New York University to earn a degree in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy. She also went to Columbia University to complete her master’s degree in public health.
Cindy Crawford Northwestern University
Cindy Crawford is one of America’s most successful and prominent top models in the industry and the world. She was one of the decades ago, together with Linda Evangelista, Elle McPherson, Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer.
Cynthia Ann Crawford was born in DeKalb, Illinois, and started her career in high school modeling for a clothing store. She joined a modeling contest in by Elite Model Management, and was soon represented by the company.
But she didn’t forget about her studies. She finished high school and went to to study chemical engineering. But her modeling career was taking off, so she dropped out to pursue her dreams. Decades later, she is a successful model and businesswoman.
Brooke Shields Princeton University
Brooke Christa Shields began her career as a child model. She was born in Manhattan. Her father’s family paid her mother to get an abortion, but Teri Schmon carried her daughter to term and named her Brooke.
Her mother wanted her to succeed in showbiz, so she had her daughter attend piano, ballet, and riding lessons. While working as a model, she continued her studies through high school to college.
She took a break from her work with Vogue and Calvin Klein when she went to Princeton University, where she graduated with a degree in French literature in 1987.
While in college, she was a member of two of the university’s eating clubs, Triangle Club and Cap and Gown Club
Rebecca Romjin University Santa Cruz
She played X-Men’s Mystique before Jennifer Lawrence’s turn in the recent sequels. Her legal name is Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, and she has had acting and modeling credits throughout her career in show business.
She was born in Berkeley, California, and loved theater. It wasn’t until her college years that Romjin decided to pursue modeling. She was studying Music at the when she became a fashion model. She then decided to go to Paris to pursue the field.
Her career officially started in 1991, when she worked with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Victoria’s Secret, among others. She was also able to walk down the fashion runway with some of the original Supermodels for Giorgio Armani.
Tyra Banks Harvard Business School
Top model and original host of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks constantly takes the showbiz world by storm., but long before that, Banks started out as a teen model, and was the first African American woman who appeared on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated. She was also a Victoria’s Secret model from 1997 – 2005.
She was born in Inglewood, California, and was constantly bullied as a young child for her looks. When she turned 11, though, she lost a few pounds and had a growth spurt. She started modeling when she was just 15 years old under LA Models (she was rejected by other agencies).
A year later, she signed with Elite Model Management. She was soon able to work as a model in Europe. There, she appeared in more than 20 runway shows. Since then, Banks has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, just to name a few. In 1997, she was named Supermodel of the Year.
In 2014, Banks went to Harvard Business School to complete a degree so she could establish her own beauty companies.
Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid The New School
Jelena Noura Hadid is young, but she’s no longer a rookie in the world of modeling. She was born in Los Angeles to a mother who was also a former model (Yolanda Van den Herik).
She was actually a very young child model for Baby Guess when she was just two years old. As an adult, she became the face of Guess in 2011. Three years after, she modeled during the New York Fashion Week, and in 2015, she was named Model of the Year by Daily Front Row.
In December of that year, she became a Victoria’s Secret model for its winter fashion show. This year, she was able to model for Versace, Chanel, and Tommy Hilfiger, just to name a few.
She also appeared on the covers of fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, Sports Illustrated, and Galore. She also had parts in music videos by Cody Simpson (Surfboard) and Taylor Swift (Bad Blood).