Top Bikini Models of All Time: Where Are They Now?
BIKINI MODELS: HEIDI KLUM THEN
Heidi Klum is the definitive hot bikini model. The German beauty was a fan favorite in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition and one of Victoria’s Secret’s most famous Angels. Here, Heidi walks the runway at the 2003 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
BIKINI MODELS: HEIDI KLUM NOW
Heidi Klum’s career just won’t stop. The mother of four is the host, judge and executive producer of Project Runway and has her own line of jewelry, as well as various clothing lines and fragrances. Still, Heidi manages to stay in amazing shape, and she is fighting to end heart disease, too.
BIKINI MODELS: NAOMI CAMPBELL THEN
Naomi Campbell was one of the most recognizable faces (and bodies) during the supermodel era of the early ’90s. Discovered at the age of 15, the British model worked the runway, starred in numerous music videos and broke fashion’s color barrier by being one of the first black models to make the cover of many magazines.
BIKINI MODELS: NAOMI CAMPBELL NOW
Naomi Campbell remains a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. She is still a presence on the runway and a contributing editor for several high fashion publications. While not without her share of controversies and legal battles, Naomi does extensive charity work.
BIKINI MODELS: KATHY IRELAND THEN
In 1989 Kathy Ireland appeared on the cover of SI’s most popular Swimsuit Edition ever—which is why she was featured in 13 consecutive issues after that. The California native started an acting career in the late 80s and founded Kathy Ireland Worldwide in the early ’90s.
BIKINI MODELS: KATHY IRELAND NOW
The success of Kathy Ireland Worldwide (the company brings in a reported $1.5 billion each year) prompted Forbes to call Kathy the “prototype for model-turned mogul.” Kathy is also the author of six books, including one about her 25-pound weight gain and loss.
BIKINI MODELS: MOLLY SIMS THEN
Molly Sims started her modeling career later than most of the bikini models featured on our list, but we couldn’t leave out this Kentucky native’s perfect beach body. In 2000, the former host of MTV’s House of Style made her first appearance in SI’s Swimsuit Edition.
BIKINI MODELS: MOLLY SIMS NOW
Molly Sims made a smooth transition from modeling to acting and went on to star in all five seasons of NBC’s Las Vegas. Molly added designer to her credentials in 2010, launching her own jewelry line. The 37-year-old works out with celeb trainer Tracy Anderson to stay in amazing shape.
BIKINI MODELS: REBECCA ROMIJN THEN
Rebecca Romijn began her modeling career in 1991, working the runway and starring in ad campaigns for Victoria’s Secret. The blonde bombshell was on the cover of the 1999 SI Swimsuit Edition.
BIKINI MODELS: REBECCA ROMIJN NOW
Rebecca Romijn’s successful acting career almost makes us forget that it wasn’t her first job. The wife and mother of two starred in three X-Men movies (2000, 2003, 2006) and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for her role on ABC’s Ugly Betty. Rebecca takes long hikes and bike rides with her family.
BIKINI MODELS: CHRISTIE BRINKLEY THEN
Christie Brinkley’s 20-year contract with CoverGirl is the longest in modeling history. The California surfer girl has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers, including SI’s Swimsuit Edition for three consecutive years (1979, 1980, 1981).
BIKINI MODELS: CHRISTIE BRINKLEY NOW
Over time, Christie Brinkley dabbled in acting, illustrating, writing and designing, in addition to her involvement in many worldwide charities. The 56-year-old mother of three is still a knockout, finding creative ways to work exercise into her daily routine.
BIKINI MODELS: TYRA BANKS THEN
Tyra Banks signed her first modeling contract at age 17 and then booked a record 25 fashion shows during her first week in Paris. Tyra was the first African American to appear on the cover of GQ and the SI Swimsuit Edition.
BIKINI MODELS: TYRA BANKS NOW
As the host of her own talk show, the creator and host of the CW’s America’s Next Top Model and the co-creator of ABC’s True Beauty, Tyra Banks has successfully gone from model to media mogul. The media has scrutinized her post-modeling body, but we think the 37-year-old looks great!
— Kate Zimmerman
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