Famous American Models

They are everywhere - on magazines, billboards, television and runways, turning heads and bringing the traffic to a halt with their oomph and panache. Theirs are the faces and waistlines whom the teens admire and the rest of the world envies. You have spotted them campaigning for big brands or pouting on the cover pages of fashion magazines. These ramp-stompers are real-life trendsetters, the fashion divos or divas, the style gods or goddesses whom the world looks up for their dose of fashion, style cues, and lot more. They are models who keep redefining world fashion in bat of an eye. America, the land of stylish people, has produced a swarm of supermodels — male and female — who have revved up the fashion quotient of the world like no other. From Cindy Crawford to Kate Upton and Heidi Klum to Vaughn Lowery, America’s contribution to the fashion world has been colossal. Read the biography, trivia, timeline and facts on some of America’s most famous models to ever trot the ramp.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid
59
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016, fashion model Gigi Hadid has made several appearances on international Vogue magazine covers. The daughter of a former model, she began her career as a toddler. She made her mark in her teenage yeaars and continues to be a popular model.

 2 Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner
60
Famous As: One of World's Top-earning Models
Birthdate: November 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Like many of her other family members, Kendall Jenner gained fame after starring in the American reality television show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family. She is also a fashion model, co-designs a clothing line and was named the world's highest-paid model of 2018 in the Forbes top-earning models list.

 3 Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid
26
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

One of the most popular American models of the current generation, Bella Hadid has been featured in popular magazines, such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She was voted Model of the Year in 2016 by industry professionals. The same year, Hadid contributed to Johny Dar's Jeans for Refugees project in order to raise fund for the International Rescue Committee.

 4 Kate Upton

Kate Upton
20
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Michigan, United States
Model/actor Kate Upton is the great-granddaughter of Whirlpool co-founder Frederick Upton. She was a national-level equestrian earlier and had also won three APHA Reserve Championships. She shot to fame with her photos in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. She has also appeared in films such as The Layover.

 5 Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner
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Famous As: The Most Followed Woman on Instagram
Birthdate: August 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
An elite socialite and fashion model, Kylie Jenner is the head of Kylie Cosmetics and creator of the hugely popular line of lipsticks, Kylie Lip Kit. Thrown into the limelight in her teens, courtesy the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jenner has since gone on to become a highly successful businesswomen and social media influencer.

 6 Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian
54
Famous As: For Television Series Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Birthdate: October 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

First gaining media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian didn’t take long to become a celebrity in her own right. She came into the limelight in the early 2000s owing to a leaked sex tape and quickly became a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms.

 7 Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford
22
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Supermodel Cindy Crawford ruled the fashion industry in the 1990s. Her trademark mole and the red Versace dress she wore at the Oscars set fashion trends. She has endorsed scores of products, appeared in all top-notch magazines, hosted a TV show, and owns a make-up line and a furniture line. 
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 8 Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, model, and TV producer. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in American TV. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as a TV host. She began gaining popularity as an actress in the 2000s and appeared in many TV shows and films. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award.

 9 Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski
13
Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: June 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Signed with Ford Models at 14, American model Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski later graced the cover of GQ Turkey and was recommended by Ben Affleck for her role of the sassy mistress in Gone Girl. Her oomph factor made sure she got a place on Maxim's "Hot 100" list in 2014.

 10 Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman
5
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

From being a lanky girl who was made fun of in school to becoming Hollywood’s A-list star, actress Uma Thurman has had quite a journey. She worked in various movies before landing on the film that earned her international appreciation, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Later, Tarantino's two Kill Bill movies and Mira Nair’s miniseries Hysterical Blindness further boosted her stardom.

 11 Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks
17
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Christina Hendricks is an actress and producer. She began her career as a model and enjoyed international success for several years before transitioning into acting. As an actress, she was able to replicate her success and appeared in films like Drive and Lost River. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

 12 Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl
6
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Beginning her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models, Katherine Heigl made her film debut with That Night. However, the role that catapulted her to stardom was that of Dr. Isobel Stevens on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The talented actress subsequently appeared in movies like Knocked Up and Life As We Know It and TV series Suits.

 13 Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Former Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss was declared one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris. Known as “the panther,” for her signature style of catwalk, Kloss has also hosted Project Runway. She supports STEM education through Kode with Klossy and also aids underprivileged children.

 14 Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore
6
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

A fashion model turned actor, Shemar Moore is known for his rugged good looks and raw sex appeal. He started modeling in college and soon moved to act in TV shows. After having a successful stint in the TV series The Young and the Restless, he became a popular name in the show business.

 15 Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler
9
Famous As: Actor, Director, Model, Painter
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Las Vegas

American actor, Matthew Gray Gubler, is best known for playing the character of Dr Spencer Reid in the popular and acclaimed television series Criminal Minds. He has also acted in films like 500 Days of Summer, Suburban Gothic and How to Be a Serial Killer. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role in the television series, The Beauty Inside.

 16 Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker
15
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Brooklyn Decker is an American actress and model. One of the most popular models to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Brooklyn Decker has also worked for Victoria's Secret. Not surprisingly, she has been featured on lists like Men's Health magazine's 100 Hottest Women of All-Time and Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive.

 17 Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin
42
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

Model and TV personality Hailey Baldwin is a major figure in the international fashion scene and modeled for brands like Ralph Lauren, Guess, and Tommy Hilfiger. Born into the famous Baldwin family, she started modeling early on. She has also appeared in a few TV shows and films. 

 18 Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon
6
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: August 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Highland Park, Texas, United States

Starting out as a child model, Angie Harmon won a modeling contest organized by Seventeen magazine when she was 15. After winning a Spectrum Model Search contest, she pursued a modeling career. She then became an actress and gained international recognition for her performance in series like Baywatch Nights and Law & Order. She also practices taekwondo and boxing.

 19 Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson
7
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, United States
Best known to fans as Hanna Marin from Pretty Little Liars, a role that fetched her multiple Teen Choice awards, Ashley Benson had started modeling with Ford Models at age 8. She is also known for her roles in the film Spring Breakers and the series Days of Our Lives.

 20 Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sharonville, Ohio, United States

Carmen Electra is an actress, TV personality, and singer. One of the leading figures of glamour modeling, Carmen Electra gained popularity as a sex symbol. She is also one of the most popular Playboy models of all time. Apart from being a prominent media personality, Carmen also works with various non-profit organizations, such as Elevate Hope and HollyRod Foundation.

 21 Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley
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Famous As: Model, Actress, Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe

Christie Brinkley is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. Widely regarded as one of the most attractive women ever, Brinkley has been featured on more than 500 magazine covers and was the face of CoverGirl for 25 years! Apart from being an inspiration to aspiring models worldwide, Christie Brinkley has also touched the lives of many through her philanthropic activities.

 22 Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Starting out as a child actress, Rachael Leigh Cook went on to establish herself as a successful actress. Known for her good looks, she was ranked 26th in Stuff magazine's list of 102 Sexiest Women in the World in 2002. Also known for her public service, she was selected as a Champion of Change for Arts Education by the Obama administration.

 23 Ciara

Ciara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.

 24 Cameron Monaghan

Cameron Monaghan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California

Cameron Monaghan is an American actor whose transition from a child star to an adult actor was made successful by a TV series titled Shameless in which he played a gay bipolar teenager named Ian Gallagher. His performance in Shameless gained him international recognition and critical appreciation, after which he earned several important film and TV roles.

 25 January Jones

January Jones
9
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Best known for her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Betty Draper in Mad Men, January Jones has also appeared in The Last Man on Earth and X-Men: First Class. She has modeled for Versace; appeared on the covers of GQ, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan; and been a spokesperson for Oceana.

 26 Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 3, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Kaia Gerber is an American model whose work earned her the prestigious Model of the Year honor in 2018 at The Fashion Awards. Over the years, Gerber has been featured on the cover of popular magazines like Vogue. She had a major impact on the fashion world in 2018 when she collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld to create the KarlxKaia collection.

 27 AnnaSophia Robb

AnnaSophia Robb
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

AnnaSophia Robb is an American model, actress, and singer. Robb started her acting career as a child artist before establishing herself as a successful actress. A multi-talented personality, AnnaSophia Robb quit gymnastics and dancing at a young age to focus on her career as an actress. She serves as an inspiration to young and aspiring actresses.

 28 Grace Jones

Grace Jones
11
Famous As: Model, Singer, Actress
Birthdate: May 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica

Grace Jones began her career as a model in New York and Paris, popularizing her androgynous style. One of VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, she experimented with disco, punk, reggae, and pop, and contributed to the 1980s’ cross-dressing movement. She later appeared in films such as Vamp.

 29 Gia Carangi

Gia Carangi
10
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 18, 1986

A model who was active during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gia Carangi was considered by many to be one of the first supermodels. She was featured on the covers of multiple fashion magazines, including editions of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She also worked with various famous designers. She died of AIDS at the young age of 26.

 30 Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster
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Famous As: Actress, model
Birthdate: April 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Jordana Brewster is an American model and actress best known for playing Mia in the Fast & Furious franchise. In 2009, she was honored at the Teen Choice Awards for her performance in Fast & Furious. Brewster is also renowned for her modeling skills and has posed for several magazines. In 2011, Maxim included her in their Hot 100 list.

 31 Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

From working as a scrub technician to becoming a popular model and actress, Minka Kelly has had quite an incredible journey so far. Though she initially wanted to become a surgeon's assistant, she decided against it after landing minor roles in short films and TV series. Apart from modeling and acting, Minka also enjoys baking and cooking.

 32 Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, United States

A shy schoolgirl, Kim Basinger grew up to become a successful model, actress and singer. After appearing in numerous advertisements, Kim began acting on television. Her breakthrough role came with movie Never Say Never Again where she played the Bond girl. Later, she won accolades for her performance in movies like The Natural, Batman, L.A. Confidential and Fifty Shades Darker.

 33 Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke
11
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 34 Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio
9
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erechim, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Brazilian-American model/actor Alessandra Ambrósio has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and also promoted the brand’s PINK line. Named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, she is also associated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, co-owns a beachwear brand, and has appeared on various TV shows.

 35 Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen
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Famous As: Model, Television Personality
Birthdate: November 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delta, Utah, United States

Christine Teigen, the American model, television personality, author and entrepreneur, has been the face of Gillette Venus, Olay, Nike, Gap Factory and a host of other such campaigns. She has also hosted shows for TMZ, MTV and others and has appeared in TV series like the ‘The Mindy Project’. Plus, she has written recipe books and has released a clothing line.

 36 Noah Centineo

Noah Centineo
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Noah Centineo is an American actor and co-founder of a nonprofit initiative called Favored Nations. Favored Nations is credited with raising money for a number of nonprofit organizations, such as Policing Equity, Color of Change, and Black Lives Matter. The initiative has encouraged many celebrities and social media influencers to participate in philanthropic activities and donate to various charitable causes.

 37 Ming Na Wen

Ming Na Wen
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coloane, Coloane Village, Macao
Ming-Na Wen is best known as the voice of Fa Mulan in the Mulan animated film series and the video game Kingdom Hearts II. Fans also loved her as Melinda May in the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen in ER, and as Rachel Lu in Inconceivable.

 38 Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 31, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Yara Shahidi is best known as Zoey Johnson from Black-ish and Grown-ish. She started off as a model for brands such as McDonald's and GapKids, at age 6. One of Time’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016," she was also appreciated in the film The Sun Is Also a Star.

 39 Lauren London

Lauren London
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Lauren London is best known for her portrayals of Kiera in The Game, Shelley in Single Ladies, and Sheree in Baggage Claim. Fans also loved her as Erin "New New" Garnett in the film ATL. She has been seen in a few music videos and promotes the Sean John collection.

 40 Iman Abdulmajid

Iman Abdulmajid
17
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Iman is a Somali fashion model, entrepreneur, and actress. At the peak of her fashion modeling career, Iman served as a muse for influential designers like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. Also known for her philanthropic activities, Iman is involved in several charitable endeavors. She is closely associated with the non-profit organization, Children's Defense Fund.

 41 Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham
9
Famous As: Plus-size Model
Birthdate: October 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska
Ashley Graham has been breaking down barriers in the modelling industry, especially the plus-size model movement. She has always been a force for body positivity and has never shied away from responding to critics. She owns a successful line of size-inclusive lingerie. 

 42 Chyler Leigh

Chyler Leigh
7
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Chyler Leigh is best known as Dr. Lexie Grey from Grey's Anatomy and Janey Briggs from Not Another Teen Movie. She joined the DC Universe as Alex Danvers, starting with the series Supergirl. Though she is married and has three children, she came out as queer in 2020.

 43 Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Paris Hilton comes from an affluent family and is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. A leaked 2001 sex tape with her then boyfriend, Rick Salomon, had created quite a scandal in 2003, which led her to act in the reality television series, The Simple Life. She’s also an actress, singer, model, author, socialite and businesswomen.

 44 Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen
11
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States

 45 Taylor Kinney

Taylor Kinney
6
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

 46 Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich
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Famous As: Actress, Supermodel
Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

The quintessential action heroine of Hollywood, Milla Jovovich was rightly called the reigning queen of kick-butt by VH1 in 2006. Milla Jovovich is synonymous with the Resident Evil film series as the series revolves around its central character Alice, played by Milla. The Resident Evil film franchise is the highest-grossing movie series to be adapted from video games.

 47 Robin Givens

Robin Givens
9
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Robin Givens is an American model and actress whose professional life during the late-1980s was overshadowed by her violent marriage to Mike Tyson. Subsequently, their acrimonious divorce drew considerable media attention as Givens claimed physical abuse, with Tyson admitting to punching her in the face.

 48 Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg
9
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 49 Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray
10
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

Chad Michael Murray is an American actor who started his career as a fashion model, working for brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci. Murray overcame his tough childhood and went on to establish himself as an actor. Also a writer, he co-authored a romantic thriller novel with Heather Graham, which was inspired by a dream!

 50 Meagan Good

Meagan Good
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Meagan Good is an American model and actress. After starting her career as a child artist, Meagan Good went on to establish herself as an actress in the entertainment industry. Over the years, she has contributed to the success of TV series, such as Deception and Minority Report. In 2014, she also contributed to the bestselling book Gentlewoman.