As New York Fashion Week (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) winds down, we pay tribute to the high-class video vixens of the past and present: supermodels. Fashion’s finest have appeared in videos since the early days — see Christie Brinkley looking awkard in Billy Joel‘s “Uptown Girl” and Paulina Porizkova scribbling on the wall in the Cars‘ “Drive” — and continue to pop up. Of course, the early ’90s was the golden age of the supermodel, and that era produced the most memorable music/fashion crossovers. We’ll always have George Michael to thank for that.
Rich Juzwiak is a writer and video editor whose work has appeared in the Village Voice, Jezebel, and on This American Life. He runs the pop culture blog fourfour.