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Every woman wanted to look like them. Every man wanted to date them. They're the supermodels—the "it" girls—of the '70s, '80s and '90s who graced the covers of hundreds of magazines, strutted down the catwalk and took over your television.
California surfer girl Christie Brinkley was 18 years old and studying art in Paris when a photographer spotted her. "I dreamed of being an artiste in Paris, and I thought that modeling was just for people who couldn't do anything else," Christie says. "But I did love looking at the magazines and kind of thinking, 'What would that be like?'"
Christie says the man asked her to come to his studio and pose for photographs, but she shrugged off his offer at first. "I was like, 'Yeah, right. I'm [not] going to fall for that,'" she says.
Then, a few days later, a friend of Christie's explained the man was, indeed, a noted photographer. "Out of curiosity, I thought, 'Well, let me go check it out,'" she says. "I swung by my house, and grabbed a couple hats and things so I could change my look."
The photographer took a few snapshots of this California girl, and the rest is history. The photos landed on the desk of a modeling scout, and within months, Christie was the face of everything from Chanel perfume to Prell shampoo.