Style Watch

updated 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/17/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

FALLING FOR THE ACT

In the 1980s no self-respecting supermodel would go anywhere without a rock star on her arm—and vice versa. But, like the marriage of Julianne Phillips and Bruce Springsteen, that dance is over. In the '90s models are clicking with actors, à la poster couple Cindy Crawford, 27, and Richard Gere, 43. Take cover girl Carla Bruni, 24—who had been linked with music icons Eric Clapton, 48, and Mick jagger, 49. Now Bruni is making beautiful music with French actor Vincent Perez (Indochine), 29.

Meanwhile, on March 18, model Nicole Mitchell, 25, walked down the aisle with Eddie Murphy, 32. And supermodel Linda Evangelista, 27, recently split with her husband of five years and is now dating Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan, 34. Her husband, Gerald Marie, 43, happens to be the president of Elite Paris—the model agency that represents Evangelista.

The attraction between models and actors is based on "our similar professions," suggests Cheryl Tiegs, 45, who married actor turned producer Tony Peck, 36, in 1990. "There's a little bit of acting involved in modeling."

"Actors take much better care of themselves than musicians," says Beverly Johnson, 38, who has been dating Law & Order actor Chris Noth. 38, for a year, and plays a doctor in Robert Townsend's upcoming movie Meteor Man. "They need their eight hours of sleep. They are more into a life of discipline. With actors, their bodies are their instruments. And models understand that."

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