Taking the world by storm, the women become the faces of ’90s culture until shifting perceptions and a controversial remark shake things up.
This episode originally aired on September 20, 2023
Hailing from Imagine Documentaries and One Story Up and directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Larissa Bills, the four-part series spotlights the remarkable careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Much of The Super Models works like a straightforward documentary with Campbell, Crawford, Evangelista, and Turlington addressing the camera, recalling defining moments in their careers. Fashion-world figures including Marc Jacobs, Michael Musto, Tim Blanks, Robin Givhan, Bethann Hardison, Grace Coddington, Suzy Menkes, Tom Freston, Robin Givhan and Jeanne Baker offer insight to flesh out the women’s stories, providing context about the state of the industry three decades ago — how the culture zipping around it helped shape the runways and the fashion and beauty businesses as we know them today.
“The Power,” the third episode of The Super Models examines the cultural influence of the supermodels. They were more than just models; they were also fashion icons, businesswomen, and activists. They used their voices to speak out against issues such as racism, sexism, and ageism.
For example, Christy Turlington was a vocal advocate for safe childbirth, and she founded the Every Mother Counts organization to help reduce maternal mortality rates around the world. Naomi Campbell also used her platform to speak out against racism in the fashion industry. She helped to organize a boycott of a certain magazine after it refused to feature black models on its cover.
The episode also explores the impact that the supermodels had on the fashion industry. They helped to change the way that models were perceived and treated. They also paved the way for other models from diverse backgrounds to succeed.