The model who famously declared she wouldn't get out of bed for less than $10,000 left the fashion scene in 1998 ("I was having panic attacks," she said). She returned in 2001. Now 39, Evangelista, who is single (she's been seen with pasta heir Paolo Barilla), models when the mood strikes and has admitted to Botoxing. "If you don't tell, how do other women feel when they see the pictures? Models are not superhuman. We grow old."
Although she still appears in ads for Calvin Klein's Eternity perfume, she has called life on the catwalk "crazy." After earning a liberal arts degree at New York University in 1999, the yoga devotee, 36, started a yoga clothing line, Nuala. Not that her life is all meditation: After marrying actor-director Edward Burns in 2003, she had a daughter, Grace, now 1 (above, in New York City), and has said that three more kids would be "perfect."
She has made spotty attempts at acting (see 1991's Cool as Ice
), writing (blame the ghostwriter of her novel Swan
) and singing (even she laughs off her album Babywoman). But for drama on-and offstage, few can match Campbell, 34. For every tabloid headline-run-ins with her assistants, nights out with Usher-there is a stunning runway turn. Sober for five years, Campbell calls herself "Grandma" compared with today's teen models.
"I starved too long," says the former face of CoverGirl, 44. Now she eats but only food that's heated to less than 118°, as she explains in her new noncookbook Eating in the Raw. An actress too, Alt calls her spin on Anna Karenina in an 8-hour 1997 European miniseries her "crown jewel."
Crawford, 39, wants to clear something up: "I was never a PETA person." Though she once posed in an antifur ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, that didn't preclude her doing ads in 2004 for Blackglama mink. Married in 1998 to club owner Rande Gerber and mom to son Presley, 5, and daughter Kaia, 3, the former Revlon model recently launched her own line of skin-care products called Meaningful Beauty, sold online and through a TV infomercial. But she'll take a pass on another nude Playboy shoot. "My son might be old enough to get teased," she says.
"I was an okay model, I wasn't 'super,' " says Ireland, 41, who nonetheless appeared in 10 consecutive SPORTS ILLUSTRATED swimsuit issues. Where she is super is at the cash register. Dismissing much of fashion as "unattainable looks at unattainable prices," she now heads a retail empire of modestly priced clothing, jewelry, furniture, even window blinds and art that grossed $1 billion last year. A married mom of three, the CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide is happier today: "I never felt comfortable earning a living off how someone else perceived I looked."
"I'm sort of on maternity leave," says Schiffer, 34, whose daughter Clementine was born in November. (Son Caspar, with husband Matthew Vaughn, a producer, is 2.) She's relying on breast-feeding to help get her back in shape for a campaign with L'Oréal and is always happy to run into her supermodel pals. When she does, she says, "it's like a high school reunion."