The Most Famous

MODELS from United Kingdom

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This page contains a list of the greatest Models. The pantheon dataset contains 249 Models, 22 of which were born in United Kingdom. This makes United Kingdom the birth place of the 2nd most number of Models.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Models of all time. This list of famous Models is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Models.

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1. Naomi Campbell (1970 - )

With an HPI of 59.32, Naomi Campbell is the most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 71 different languages on wikipedia.

Naomi Elaine Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is an English model, actress, singer, and businesswoman. She began her career at the age of 15, and established herself amongst the most recognisable and in-demand models of the past four decades. Campbell was one of six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry and the international press.In addition to her modelling career, Campbell has embarked on other ventures, including an R&B studio album and several acting appearances in film and television, such as the modelling-competition reality show The Face and its international offshoots. Campbell is also involved in charity work for various causes.

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2. Twiggy (1949 - )

With an HPI of 58.64, Twiggy is the 2nd most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 43 different languages.

Dame Lesley Lawson (née Hornby; born 19 September 1949) is an English model, actress, and singer, widely known by the nickname Twiggy. She was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenaged model during the swinging '60s in London. Twiggy was initially known for her thin build and the androgynous appearance considered to result from her big eyes, long eyelashes, and short hair. She was named "The Face of 1966" by the Daily Express and voted British Woman of the Year. By 1967, she had modelled in France, Japan, and the US, and had landed on the covers of Vogue and The Tatler. Her fame had spread worldwide.After modelling, Twiggy enjoyed a successful career as a screen, stage, and television actress. Her role in The Boy Friend (1971) brought her two Golden Globe Awards. In 1983, she made her Broadway debut in the musical My One and Only, for which she earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She later hosted her own series, Twiggy's People, in which she interviewed celebrities; she also appeared as a judge on the reality show America's Next Top Model. Her 1998 autobiography Twiggy in Black and White entered the best-seller lists. Since 2005, she has modelled for Marks and Spencer, most recently to promote their recent rebranding, appearing in television advertisements and print media, alongside Myleene Klass, Erin O'Connor, Lily Cole, and others. In 2012, she worked alongside Marks & Spencer's designers to launch an exclusive clothing collection for the M&S Woman range.

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3. Pattie Boyd (1944 - )

With an HPI of 56.95, Pattie Boyd is the 3rd most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Patricia Anne Boyd (born 17 March 1944) is an English model and photographer. She was one of the leading international models during the 1960s and, with Jean Shrimpton, epitomised the British female look of the era. Boyd married George Harrison in 1966 and experienced the height of the Beatles' popularity as well as sharing in their embrace of Indian spirituality. She divorced Harrison in 1977 and married Harrison's friend Eric Clapton in 1979; they divorced in 1989. Boyd inspired Harrison's songs "I Need You", "If I Needed Someone", "Something" and "For You Blue", and Clapton's songs "Layla", "Bell Bottom Blues" and "Wonderful Tonight". In August 2007, Boyd published her autobiography Wonderful Today (titled Wonderful Tonight in the United States). Her photographs of Harrison and Clapton, titled Through the Eye of a Muse, have been widely exhibited.

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4. Kate Moss (1974 - )

With an HPI of 55.10, Kate Moss is the 4th most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 55 different languages.

Katherine Ann Moss (born 16 January 1974) is a British model and businesswoman. Arriving at the end of the "supermodel era", Moss rose to fame in the early 1990s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend. Her collaborations with Calvin Klein brought her to fashion icon status. She is known for her waifish figure, and role in size zero fashion. Moss has had her own clothing range, has been involved in musical projects, and is also a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue. In 2012, she came second on the Forbes top-earning models list, with estimated earnings of $9.2 million in one year. The accolades she has received for modelling include the 2013 British Fashion Awards acknowledging her contribution to fashion over 25 years, while Time named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2007.A subject of media scrutiny due to her partying lifestyle, Moss was involved in a drug use scandal in September 2005, which led to her being dropped from fashion campaigns. She was cleared of charges and soon resumed modelling. She has inspired cultural depictions including a £1.5m ($2.8m) 18 carat gold statue of her, sculpted in 2008 for a British Museum exhibition.

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5. Kelly Brook (1979 - )

With an HPI of 52.40, Kelly Brook is the 5th most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Kelly Ann Parsons (born 23 November 1979), known professionally as Kelly Brook, is an English model, actress, and media personality. She is known for her modelling work in the UK, and in the US for her role as Prudence on the NBC sitcom One Big Happy (2015). Brook was a co-presenter of the British television show The Big Breakfast in 1999 alongside Johnny Vaughan. She has appeared on numerous British reality shows, including Strictly Come Dancing (2007), Britain's Got Talent (2009), Celebrity Juice (2012–2013, 2015), It's Not Me, It's You (2016), The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off (2020), and The Masked Dancer (2021). As an actress, she has appeared in the films Ripper (2001), House of 9 (2004), Survival Island (2005), Piranha 3D (2010), and Taking Stock (2015). Brook is regarded as a sex symbol and style icon. She was crowned FHM's Sexiest Woman in the World in 2005, and as of 2015, she had appeared in every FHM 100 Sexiest countdown since 1998.Brook currently co-presents the Heart London Drivetime Show with Jason King. She also co-presents the National Heart radio show on the Feel Good Weekend on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

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6. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (1987 - )

With an HPI of 50.13, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the 6th most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley (born 18 April 1987) is an English model and actress. She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret, formerly being one of their brand "Angels", for being the face of Burberry's 2011 brand fragrance Burberry Body, for her work with Marks & Spencer, and, most recently, for her artistic collaboration with denim-focused fashion brand Paige.Moving into acting, she had supporting roles as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment in the Transformers film series, and as The Splendid Angharad in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.

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7. Cara Delevingne (1992 - )

With an HPI of 49.94, Cara Delevingne is the 7th most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Cara Jocelyn Delevingne ( KAH-rə DEL-ə-VEEN; born 12 August 1992) is an English model, actress and singer. She signed with Storm Management after leaving school in 2009. Delevingne won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014.Delevingne started her acting career with a minor role in the 2012 film adaptation of Anna Karenina by Joe Wright. Her most notable roles include Margo Roth Spiegelman in the romantic mystery film Paper Towns (2015), the Enchantress in the comic book film Suicide Squad (2016), as well as Laureline in Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).

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8. Jean Shrimpton (1942 - )

With an HPI of 49.37, Jean Shrimpton is the 8th most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Jean Rosemary Shrimpton (born 7 November 1942) is an English model and actress. She was an icon of Swinging London and is considered to be one of the world's first supermodels. She appeared on numerous magazine covers including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and Time. In 2009, Harper's Bazaar named Shrimpton one of the 26 best models of all time, and in 2012, Time named her one of the 100 most influential fashion icons of all time. She starred alongside Paul Jones in the film Privilege (1967).

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9. Caroline Cossey (1954 - )

With an HPI of 44.23, Caroline Cossey is the 9th most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Caroline Cossey (born 31 August 1954) is a British model who often worked under the name Tula, which she also used for two memoirs. She appeared in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Following her appearance in the film, she was outed as transgender by British tabloid News of the World. In 1991, she became the first trans woman to pose for Playboy. Cossey has since then fought for her right to legally marry and be legally recognised as a woman.

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10. Suki Waterhouse (1992 - )

With an HPI of 38.31, Suki Waterhouse is the 10th most famous Model.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Alice Suki Waterhouse (born 5 January 1992) is an English model, actress and singer.

Pantheon has 24 people classified as models born between 1942 and 1992. Of these 24, 24 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living models include Naomi Campbell, Twiggy, and Pattie Boyd. As of April 2022, 2 new models have been added to Pantheon including Georgia May Jagger and Jourdan Dunn.

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