THEY WERE THE FACES OF FASHION IN THE 60's, 70's AND 80's. NOW OLDER AND WISER,
THESE WOMEN ARE ALSO HAPPIER

PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL WILLIAMS
CREATIVE DIRECTION HILARY KELLEY
TEXT KIM IZZO

Cheryl Tiegs (63)
Before the era of the supermodel ushered in household names like Linda, Naomi and Cindy, there was Cheryl Tiegs. A '70s poster-girl staple,  a fantasy of millions of adolescent and grown-up men and with the girl-next-door sexiness that women found unthreatening, she was the model you wanted to have over for dinner.

Not much has changed. At 63, Tiegs, who graced the covers of Glamour and Vogue not to mention her iconic photo shoots for Sports Illustrated is still hot. On set in Los Angeles, there is much excited anticipation when her call time nears. Then, at last, she's in front of you, her homespun sweetness intact. Her soft-spoken voice and cover-girl smile elicit awkward shyness from some of the crew — the men. One camera assistant even mutters, “I want to go out on a date with her, and I'm only 39.”

As far as models go, Tiegs is a star. But it wasn't always so. “Today, we know all the names of the top models. [In the '70s] they didn't know my name. Sports Illustrated used my name and CoverGirl but, for the most part, no one knew who I was,” she explains. “Then I was on the cover of Time in 1978. That's when my world changed.”

She recalls her newfound celebrity being a challenge because she had been so private.  “All of a sudden, people were talking about me and knew about me,” she says in a manner that implies she still amazed by her fame. “But I was around before People magazine. I was around before Entertainment Tonight. I was around before all this paparazzi madness. So, it was kind of sweet back then. And it's just gotten way out of control now.”

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