Linda Evangelista, one of the world’s original supermodels along with Australia’s Elle Macpherson, says the gang still catch up together.

“Absolutely. We see each other, not just at work, we do dinners. Our children play together,” she tells AAP.

The gang, which rose to fame in the 90s and put the word “supermodel” in the dictionary, consists of Evangelista and Macpherson, plus Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer.

Fashion designers and advertisers couldn’t get enough of the girls back in the 90s.

But even after more than 30 years in the industry, the 49-year-old working mother says she still doesn’t understand the term supermodel.

The industry created the term, she says.

“I still don’t know how to accept it, or categorise it. I don’t get it,” she said from Sydney on Wednesday.


Everyone is super says the Canadian born model, who has an eight-year-old son Augustin, and still fronts big fashion campaigns including Moschino and Dolce & Gabana.

She describes the nine remaining wannabe next supermodels who are contestants on Australia’s Next Top Model (ANTM) as “super” and “stunning”.

“I didn’t know what to expect but when I walked into the room I was very pleasantly surprised.

“They are stunning,” says Evangelista, who is in Sydney to film as a guest judge on the Foxtel show.

Although Evangelista has spent her professional life draped in beautiful clothes and cameras taking thousands of photos of her, she admits the judging role on ANTM has been nerve-wracking.

“I don’t like to judge as I know I don’t liked to be judged, so I’m a little bit emotional.”


But what attracted the New York-based model to the reality TV show is that it does what it says.

“I’ve never seen any of these competitions, I’ve never watched the show, but I’ve only ever heard really good things about it.

“I know actual working models have come out of this, that’s why accepted to do it.”

It’s not an easy industry to “make it” in, but Evangelista says she could instantly see the competitors in ANTM that really want to be models.

“They are taking the opportunity to make it theirs and prove that they can shine.

“There are some go-getters” in this season.


And it’s not just girls on the show that beautiful, Evangelista reckons the Australian race is pretty good looking.

“We are astounded by everywhere we look everyone is so beautiful.”

While Campbell has a reputation for being difficult at times, Evangelista says she prefers being pleasant, because “it’s easier to be nice to people”.


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