Top Models' Top Secrets

updated 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/31/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jerry Hall, 44
Models for: pals Vivienne Westwood and Thierry Mugler. She burst onto the modeling—and nightlife—scene in the 70s as a teenage beauty from Mesquite, Texas. At 21, she began a troubled, two-decade union with Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, now 57, that ended last year. The stress, she says, took a toll. "It shows when you're really miserable," says Hall, who has four children with Jagger, ages 2 to 16. "I look happier this past year than I did a couple of years before that. I was a little depressed. Now I think I look fulfilled." To prepare for a nude scene as Mrs. Robinson in a London stage production of The Graduate next month, the 5'10" Hall is working out with two trainers. "I think being very, very fit will give me more confidence," she says. She needn't worry. At a script reading with four men, "she got to the crucial line, 'Do you want me to seduce you?' " says the show's coproducer Sacha Brooks. "We all just nodded."

Her beauty rules:

DIET: Hall grows her own vegetables in her London garden "so I never eat chemicals or pesticides." SKIN: She frequents spas for salt scrubs and seaweed wraps and since childhood has moisturized with olive oil. Using it while pregnant, Hall claims, prevented stretch marks.

HEALTH: "I never go to traditional doctors or take regular medicines," says Hall, who instead consults acupuncturists and Ayurvedic practitioners who promote balance through ancient Indian mind and body treatments.

CLOTHES: "It's a mistake to wear the same things your daughter does," says Hall. "Have a little dignity."

Stephanie Seymour, 32
Models for: Harper's Bazaar, Wand other fashion magazines. When she decided last month not to renew her contract with lingerie giant Victoria's Secret after 10 years, the only male in America who was rejoicing was her 10-year-old son Dylan. "His friends at school used to tease him," says Seymour. "It was only going to get worse. What would his friends say when he's 14?" Nothing many mothers of three wouldn't mind hearing. Seymour, who lives in Manhattan and Greenwich, Conn., with Dylan, Peter Jr., 6, Harry, 3, and her husband, publisher Peter Brant, 53, "can still stand in a lineup of models who are 17 years old and blow them out of the water," says Max Pinnell, a New York City hairstylist who has worked with her throughout her 17-year career. "I prefer my body after I've had kids to before," says the 5'10" Seymour. "I like a womanly, shapely figure." Plus, she adds, "I'm more secure as a woman. I know who I am."

Her beauty rules:

FITNESS: Nothing too sweaty or scheduled: "Long walks with my dogs and kids," says Seymour; also swimming and yoga.

SKIN: "Proactiv—that acne skin-care system you order from infomercials!" She uses their moisturizer with SPF 15 "because it doesn't make me break out."

BASICS: "Grooming is 10 times more important than makeup," says Seymour, who makes sure to keep her nails manicured and split ends trimmed. "I use a hair gloss with a teeny bit of color in it that makes my hair very shiny."

Karen Graham, 55
Models for: Estée Lauder Resilience Lift. She was the face of Estée Lauder from 1970 to 1985 but quit at age 40 because "I didn't want to see myself going downhill in the profession," says Graham. A divorced mom, she devoted her time to raising her son Graham, now 21, and to fly-fishing, a hobby that she turned into a job in 1995 when she opened a flyfishing school with a friend near her Rosendale, N.Y., home. Two years ago the Estée Lauder company asked her to come back. "She embodies everything beautiful about this stage in a woman's life—vitality, intelligence and, most of all, a passion for life," says Lauder president Dan Brestle. The 5'7½" Graham now models for a line devoted to older women. "It's insulting when products for someone my age are modeled by 17-year-olds," says Graham. "You don't have to be flawless to be beautiful. Laugh lines are good."

Her beauty rules:

FITNESS: Keeps trim by fly-fishing and trim gardening.

SKIN: To combat dryness, Graham uses creamy, not powdered, foundations, and moisturizing creams with an SPF of at least 15.

CLOTHES: Outfits that show off her "great legs," she says. And, when working outdoors, she wears fingerless gloves to protect her hands: "Fingers don't spot like the back of your hand."

Carmen Dell'Orefice, 69
Models for: Lancaster cosmetics, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marks & Spencer. During the '40s and '50s she was one of the world's most photographed women—and Carmen Dell'Orefice is still a hot commodity. "I think she got sexier as she got older," says Francesco Scavullo, who began photographing the 5'9" model soon after she was discovered by a photographer's wife while riding a New York City bus as a teen. The thrice-married Dell'Orefice, now single and living in Manhattan (daughter Laura, 47, is a psychologist in California), has no plans to quit the business. "I'm not giving in to anyone else's idea of how I ought to feel and look at 70," declares Dell'Orefice. "Retirement is not a word I can even visualize. I retire when I go to bed!"

Her beauty rules:

HAIR: She frosts her gray locks four times a year "to lift the color."

MAKEUP: To even her skin tone, she wears more foundation than in her younger days.

SKIN: Since undergoing a dermabrasion procedure at age 37 to peel away sun-damaged skin, Dell'Orefice has been receiving silicone injections to smooth wrinkles. "If your ceiling is falling down, don't you call someone in?" she says. "I apply the same principle to myself."

Beverly Johnson, 48
Models for: Her own skin-care line. In August 1974 she became the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Vogue. "Beverly was the Jackie Robinson of models," says her friend Walter Morgan, the producer of Down and Dirty, a thriller costarring Johnson due out later this year. "She was one of the first worldwide symbols of black beauty." But the price of success, says Johnson, was a loss of allure. "I could get sexy for a photo shoot, but in reality I wasn't very sexy. Guys weren't going, 'God, she's hot.' They'd say, 'Oh, it's that model, she's so thin!' " recalls Johnson, who admits that during her years as a top model she starved her 5'9" frame down to 103 lbs. Now living in Bel Air, Calif., Johnson, the mother of a 21-year-old daughter, Anansa Sims (with ex-husband, music publisher Danny Sims), eats what she wants, treats herself to four massages a week and says, "I feel sexier than ever. I'm voluptuous—I have curves!"

Her beauty rules:

FITNESS: Golfs daily with boyfriend Howard Lockie, 39, an actor, and plays basketball or runs on the beach up to three times a week.

DIET: As a model, Johnson says her creed was " 'Not a morsel of food or drop of drink shall pass these lips.' I barely even drank water," she recalls. Today Johnson drinks a gallon of water a day and relishes "the joy of being able to eat again."

MAKEUP: "I wash my face with my own cleanser and put on a little moisturizer," says Johnson, who adds that her daughter has influenced her to tone down her cosmetics. "She'll say, 'Mom, what's with all the blush? Give it a rest.' Otherwise, I'd still be stuck in the '70s."

Dayle Haddon, 52
Models for: L'Oréal Plénitude. When she began her career in 1962, the reigning models were tall, straight-haired blondes. "I was everything no one wanted," says Dayle Haddon. But the 5'7", curly-headed brunette persevered and in the 70s became an icon of sophisticated chic. Then, in 1986, tragedy struck: Her husband, Franco-American businessman Glenn Souham, was murdered outside their Paris home. Haddon moved to L.A., where she found herself no longer in demand as a model and took a job as a receptionist to support herself and daughter Ryan (now 29 and the wife of actor Christian Slater, 30). A year later, she managed to persuade Revlon and Max Factor to aim ad campaigns at women over 40—featuring older models like herself. Today, Haddon, author of the 1998 book Ageless Beauty, lives solo in Manhattan, where she reports on health and beauty for CBS's The Early Show and runs a multimedia company dedicated to helping women look and feel their best. started out with an extraordinary face," says her friend Douglas Wick, producer of Gladiator. "And it's gotten better."

Her beauty rules:

EXERCISE: Takes a 20-to 40-minute walk in Central Park or jumps on a mini-trampoline every morning; does squats while vacuuming.

HAIR: To avoid an artificial look, she doesn't try to match the truly black hair of her youth. Instead, she uses a dark brown dye and adds subtle highlights around her face.

RELAXATION: Meditates daily and takes what she calls "magic baths": She lights candles, adds oils to bathwater and settles in with a glass of wine or cup of herbal tea. "Small indulgences," she says, "can have huge payoffs."

Lisa Taylor, 48
Models for: American Vogue and Italian Vogue. As Calvin Klein's pre-Brooke Shields muse, the 5'9" Taylor epitomized the fresh-scrubbed style of the 70s. "Lisa is the ultimate combination of sporty and sexy, which is the quintessential American look," says Michael Kors, who wrote a tribute to her in Vogue in May explaining how a 1976 photo of Taylor inspired him to become a designer. Age hasn't dimmed her luster. "I still feel pretty and sexy," says Taylor, who lives in L.A. with her husband of 10 years, investment banker Ellis Jones, 46, and their 7-year-old twin daughters Savannah (above, left) and Taylor. "I have a few wrinkles, and my face looks a little older, but except for an extra 10 lbs., I don't look much different than I did years ago. I'm happy with how I look." She works harder to stay in shape, though. "When I turned 40,1 started having to eat half as much as before to keep my weight where I wanted it to be," says Taylor, who still indulges in her favorite foods, including ice cream. "When I look in the mirror, I see more my spirit than my body," she says. "I see a very happy spirit."

Her beauty rules:

EXERCISE: Pilates or yoga twice a week; 30 minutes on the StairMaster four or five times a week; daily swims with her girls in her backyard pool.

MAKEUP: Little more than moisturizer. "I have a real aversion to plastic surgery," says Taylor, who treats herself to monthly facials. "Even the idea of a face peel gives me the creeps."

CLOTHES: Classic blazers, T-shirts and pants; nothing way above the knee. Wears less black and more pastels as she gets older; "I don't need to be 'in,' " she says. "I almost prefer to be 'out," '

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