When you’re in a room with them, everything just stops (Picture: PA)
Naomi, Cindy, Linda and Christy. Four of the biggest names in popular culture for over three decades, but, according to those in the know, this fab foursome are more than stars.
‘They’re like a supernova’, says film producer Larissa Bills.
‘There is this je ne sais quoi. When you’re in a room with them, everything just stops. They’re so charismatic. Beyond the beauty, there’s just something about them. And when you put them all together, it’s something else.’
Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington’s stratospheric rise to fame has been documented by Larissa and Roger Ross Williams in the hotly-anticipated AppleTV documentary The Supermodels, due out on 20 September.
Talking about the making of the film, Roger recalls, ‘You would see 50 dresses arrive on set and these massive glam teams. We were like – how will this all work? It was fascinating; a massive endeavour.’
Alongside the glamour and prestige, the first ever supermodels have also seen plenty of dark times. To get a candid retelling of their lives, Roger and Larissa spent time alone with them before the cameras started rolling.
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‘We went to Cindy’s house and it was just very normal,’ Roger tells Metro via a Zoom chat from his New York base. ‘Kaia [Cindy’s daughter] is playing with her dog and [husband] Rande is laying by the pool and we were just at home with Cindy Crawford. It was a little surreal.’
At the height of their fame in the ’90s, the four models had the world at their feet. Linda Evangelista once famously said she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 – a statement she later came to regret.
But behind the globe trotting and glamorous photo shoots the quartet struggled with racism, addiction, illness, domestic abuse and a cosmetic surgery nightmare.
AppleTV documentary The Supermodels, due out on 20 September (Picture: PA)
Recruited as teens in the eighties, the women made huge sacrifices to follow their dreams. Cindy, who had a scholarship to study chemical engineering at university, dropped out of college before finding herself distraught in a Rome hotel room having her hair unceremoniously cut off without her consent.
The women, or ‘girls’ as they were routinely called, were paraded and ogled at in a way that is uncomfortable by today’s standards.
In one scene in the documentary, we watch as a young Cindy was told to stand up on Oprah’s show so the audience can take a proper look at her figure. Meanwhile, Linda was ordered to lose 5lbs at the beginning of her career and recalls how she passed out on a shoot.
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