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Supermodels are extremely well-paid fashion models who usually also hold celebrity status in Western culture. They often are successful high-fashion models who then gain more mainstream popularity through commercial modeling including makeup campaigns and cover shoots for fashion magazines. Most supermodels can be recognized by their first names.

Many people can be credited with coining the term supermodel. Similarly, there is no agreement as to who the first supermodel was; those frequently considered here are Twiggy, Gia Carangi, and Lisa Fonssagrives. Janice Dickenson claims to have coined the term and by that definition, a hybrid of “superman” and “model,” she claims also to be the first supermodel. Fonssagrives was featured on more than 200 covers of Vogue throughout her career, which led ...

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