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holden's avatar

What's the difference between a model and a supermodel?

Asked by holden (8442points) October 31st, 2009

Salary? Waistline? Fame? Strutiness? Seriously, what is it? Do supermodels have to graduate a special modeling course or school to attain that title?

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Likeradar's avatar

I think it’s name recognition.
There are so many models who do print ads and runway shows, but most people don’t recognize their faces or know their names. I think once a model reaches the status where plenty of people will say “hey, it’s X in that ad” then they’re a supermodel.

Paycheck goes along with the recognition.

cyn's avatar


holden's avatar

@Likeradar so, fame?
I just saw an article in CNN about Heidi Klum or whoever and they identified her as a supermodel and the question presented itself to me.

dpworkin's avatar

For ineffable reasons their work commands a premium price for a short time, and they are much in demand. This soon ends, and then they become former supermodels like Ms Klum who have to start doing reality TV to make a buck.

Facade's avatar

Fame, Salary, Look

Likeradar's avatar

@holden Yeah. Most people know who Heidi Klum is, so that makes her super. I don’t know about models like Carmen Kass though. I think a lot of people recognize her face, but do most people know her name?

delirium's avatar

30 lbs and an extra eating disorder.

holden's avatar

@delirium well, obviously.

eponymoushipster's avatar

to be a supermodel, you have to be really really ridiculously good looking. also, know how to be a uni-turner.

holden's avatar

@eponymoushipster aghh, I hated that movie.

CMaz's avatar

The paycheck.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@holden careful saying that… someone might be reading your eu-googoly soon.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@eponymoushipster And once you’ve reached supermodel status you can open your own Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.

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Supacase's avatar

@pdworkin I imagine she makes a pretty penny from Victoria’s Secret.

ragingloli's avatar

I think captain hero needs to take care of that…

Darwin's avatar

Fame (even folks not in the clothing biz know your name, and this is all over the world).

Money (enough people want you that they have to pay anything you ask to get you).

Money (folks will buy something just because your name is on it, you showed it off on QVC, or you wore it on a red carpet somewhere).

Or as Wikipedia puts it:

“The term supermodel refers to a highly-paid √©lite fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. The term was elevated to prominence in the popular culture of the 1990s. Supermodels usually work for top fashion designers and labels. They have multimillion dollar contracts, endorsements and campaigns. They have branded themselves as household names and worldwide recognition is associated with their modeling careers. They have been on the covers of various magazines. Claudia Schiffer stated, “In order to become a supermodel one must be on all the covers all over the world at the same time so that people can recognise the girls.” First-name recognition is a solid indication of supermodel status in the fashion industry.”

LeetaLuminate's avatar

i think thats the same..but all i see sometimes supermodel is more famous than just ‘model’

OpryLeigh's avatar

Ask Janice Dickenson, she claims she “coined the term”!

pinkparaluies's avatar

Model = Ford.
Supermodel = Bugatti

Model = catalogue.
Supermodel = runway

model = sears
supermodel = victoria’s secret ;)

cookieman's avatar

Model = rice cake
Supermodel = air

pinkparaluies's avatar

I love how Men think that Women could eat what they want without gaining a pound.

cookieman's avatar

Actually, quite the opposite. It’s a shame that these rediculous standards of beauty that constitute a “Supermodel” require they be so thin that a rice cake (or something similar) is their snack option.

For my money, the woman of the Dove ad campaigns should be considered Supermodels. Beautiful, curvy, unique-looking, real.

pinkparaluies's avatar

All the same, all of the eating disorder jokes are not funny.

cookieman's avatar

Sorry – satyrical humor helps to make a point without getting preachy (as I just did up there).

eponymoushipster's avatar

@pinkparaluies i know – it makes me just want to stick my finger down my throat and puke.~

delirium's avatar

They may not be funny, but they’re certainly apt.

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