Tyra Banks has made the seamless transition from runway model to businesswoman with the highly successful TV franchise, “America’s Next Top Model,” and now her latest venture, a model theme park, aptly called “Modelland.”
Banks isn’t the only one who has transitioned into a successful entrepreneur. Others have also been able to make a name for themselves off the runway, including iconic Nineties’ supermodels Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson, and some of today’s biggest names, like Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen and Miranda Kerr.
From Karlie Kloss’ coding initiative to a model-themed Nineties’ restaurant, here are 16 times models made it as successful entrepreneurs.
1. Iman: Iman Cosmetics
Iman bringing her color cosmetics collection to Selfridges in 1997.
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Based on her own experience with makeup, supermodel Iman launched a color cosmetics line to offer women of color more options that match their skin tones. In the 25 years since launching the brand, Iman Cosmetics has expanded into skin care and is sold at mass retailers such as Target, Walmart and Walgreens.
2. Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington: Fashion Café
Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington at the opening of Fashion Café.
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