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#FashionTrivia: Naomi, Linda, Mark & Marcus

Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Mark Vanderloo and Marcus Schenkenberg: the ultimate supermodels of the '90s.
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Linda Evangelista

Daughter of Italian immigrants, Linda Evangelista grew up in Canada with the dream of becoming a model. She was noticed by modelling agents after participating in Miss Niagara in teenage years, but it was during the 90s that her career truly skyrocketed. Muse of Gianni Versace and Steven Meisel, Linda is a third of the supermodel trio known all over the world, The Trinity, alongside Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. Her magnetic gaze and unmistakable stride conquered the catwalks of fashion houses such as Chanel, Calvin Klein, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana, Dior, YSL, and many more.

Because of her Italian origins, the supermodel became an ambassador of Made in Italy in the world, helping Milan to become one of the fashion world's capitals and building close relationships with Italian brands such as Versace and Dolce&Gabbana.

 

Naomi Campbell

The Black Venus needs no introduction. Born in the suburbs of London, she never knew who her biological father was. However, in her private life and career, two important figures replaced her absent father: Nelson Mandela, with whom Naomi supported various charity efforts in Africa, and the designer Azzedine Alaïa, whom she called dad. At the age of sixteen, she moved to New York, and, after initial difficulties, her career took off. She became the muse of Gianni Versace, Valentino, Steven Meisel and Peter Lindbergh. Naomi has had quite an intense life - how can one forget that, after being sentenced in 2007 following a complaint, she had to do socially useful work ... in a Dolce&Gabbana dress?

 

Mark Vanderloo

Of Dutch descent, Mark Vanderloo was studying at the University of Amsterdam when he was discovered. After leaving school and moving to New York, he immersed completely into the fashion system, becoming one of the most famous supermodels of the '90s. Known worldwide as the face of Hugo Boss, Vanderloo has posed for numerous advertising campaigns, including Calvin Klein and DKNY Men. His face and his Teutonic physique inspired the Commander Shepard character in a video game and the character Derek Zoolander in the film Zoolander. With a few more wrinkles, but still as charming as ever before, Vanderloo continues to model even today, walking for brands such as Dior Homme and Etro.

 

Marcus Schenkenberg

Marcus was rollerskating in Venice Beach, California, when he was discovered by the American photographer Bill King. Marcus Schenkenberg, of Swedish origin, has since become one of the most famous supermodels of the '90s. He has been the face of fashion houses like Versace and Calvin Klein and been on the catwalk for brands such as Giorgio Armani. Schenkenberg, however, has not remained tied to the world of fashion - he has been involved in several film projects. He has also written a book about his model life, Marcus Schenkenberg: New Rules, and the character of Smith Jerrod in Sex and the City is said to have been inspired by him.

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