The word "supermodel" was first coined in 1981 by artist Henry Stacy Marks. In an interview with The Strand Magazine, Marks told journalist Harry How, "A good many models are addicted to drink, and, after sitting a while, will suddenly go to sleep. Then I have had what I call the 'super' model. You know the sort of man; he goes in for theatrical effect." From then on, the word would be adopted by journalists and authors everywhere to describe the seemingly different species of Homo sapien, one so statuesque, so perfectly structured, so effortlessly beautiful that it's hard to believe they're part of the same human race that birthed people like us.
And since then, they have gone on to dominate pop culture. The real-life mannequins started with taking over commercials and print ads and moved onto commanding the pages of Vogue and the hearts of big-name designers and film directors. Consequently, they've infiltrated our fantasies.
There's no sign of the idea of the "supermodel" ever leaving our consciousness. They're here to stay in our wet dreams, on the posters on our wall, and, more often than not, on the arms of enivable Hollywood elite and pro athletes.
A group that started off with about a handful of people has now amassed over hundreds of gorgeous women. But while they're all exceptionally attractive, only a fraction of them are especially memorable. They are the 100 Hottest Supermodels of All Time.
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