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Apres Beach, Where? Life after Swimsuit for some of the most revered figures in SI history has been a mixed bag, from Hollywood to motherhood

Feb. 13, 2004
Feb. 13, 2004

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Feb. 13, 2004

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Apres Beach, Where? Life after Swimsuit for some of the most revered figures in SI history has been a mixed bag, from Hollywood to motherhood

By Albert Chen Swimsuit Editor Diane Smith Associate Editors M.J. Figel and Jennifer Kaplan Contributing Editor: Jule Campbell

Tyra Banks

This is an article from the Feb. 13, 2004 issue Original Layout

Forgive Tyra Banks if she appears a bit unkempt these days. She's
had to let her primping slide a bit because she's fully immersed
in her duties as executive producer of UPN's hit reality show
America's Next Top Model. The two-time Swimsuit Issue cover girl
(in 1996 and '97) and Victoria's Secret regular says working
behind the camera is more hectic than being in front of one.
"It's been really stressful," Banks says. "My stomach aches, and
I haven't had a manicure in months." Although she has starred in
films, written a book and recently recorded her first single,
Shake Ya Body, the 30-year-old L.A. native says working as a
producer has brought her the most satisfaction in her career.
"It's something I've always wanted to do," says Banks, who is
currently developing a film and a TV series for her production
company. "It's nice to finally be in charge."

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley wasn't always enthusiastic about her chosen
profession. "I thought modeling was something you did if you
couldn't do anything else," she once said, "but I discovered that
it gave me great freedom." Brinkley has been on more than 500
magazine covers worldwide--between 1979 and '81 she was the first
woman to appear on three consecutive Swimsuit Issue covers--but
the former Mrs. Billy Joel (and original Uptown Girl) has proved
to be more than an unforgettable face. Brinkley, 50, who lives on
Long Island with husband Peter Cook, an architect, and son Jack,
8, and daughter Sailor, 5, has worked as a photojournalist and
stays busy as a political activist. She has testified against
nuclear power plants, on Capitol Hill.

Rachel Hunter

On the short-lived ABC show Are You Hot?--the two winners got
$50,000; everyone else got lambasted with catty critiques--Rachel
Hunter was often a cold-blooded, Simon Cowell-like judge. But
make no mistake: This Swimsuit vet (seven appearances in SI since
1989) feels for aspiring models. "It's a tough industry," says
the 34-year-old Kiwi, who recently signed on as the face of
Classified Cosmetics, a line of spray-on makeup, and is headed to
Melbourne this month to shoot You and Your Stupid Mate. Hunter
lives in L.A., where she's raising her two children, Renee, 11,
and Liam, 9, whose father, Rod Stewart, has been separated from
Hunter for years. "Renee thinks modeling is completely stupid,"
says Hunter. "That's what I thought when I was her age."

Heidi Klum

At 30 Heidi Klum is the archetypal modern sex symbol--one of the
world's most bankable beauties, a savvy businesswoman and a
mother-to-be. "I'm embracing the fashion world now, not just as a
model but also as a designer," says Klum, who appeared in four
straight Swimsuit Issues after gracing the 1998 cover. She is
still paid handsomely to make Victoria's Secret lingerie look
good; she is developing a line of jewelry for Mouawad, and last
spring Birkenstock released a line of sandals she designed. This
will be a year of big firsts for Klum: Her first book, Heidi
Klum's Body of Knowledge, will be published in December and her
first child, with boyfriend Flavio Briatore, is due in May. "I'm
very excited to be a mom," she says. "Teaching, loving and
raising another human being is the biggest--and
best--responsibility a person can ever have."

Elle Macpherson

The woman once known as the Body has become the Mother. "The most
important thing in my life is the well-being of my children,"
says Elle Macpherson, 39, referring to sons Flynn, 4, and Cy, 2.
"Perspective has come with age. I've been spending a lot more
time looking at the inside rather than the outside." Macpherson
was a Swimsuit Issue regular between 1986 and 1994 (and a
four-time cover girl) before a successful but brief stint in
Hollywood in the mid-'90s. Today she lives with her longtime
companion, Arpade Busson, a financier, and when her children are
off at preschool, she works on her lingerie business, Elle
Macpherson Intimates, which she hopes to expand from Britain into
the U.S. "I'm still juggling a lot of balls," she says, "but my
life has achieved a very nice serenity."

Valeria Mazza

As the ebullient host of TV talk shows in Italy and Argentina,
Valeria Mazza says she has finally found her niche. Mazza, who
shared a 1996 cover with Tyra Banks, got her start on Italian
television in 2001. (Think Letterman--but with a host who is
better-looking than all her guests.) Last year she started a
similar program in her native Argentina, and both shows are
ratings-winners on Saturday nights. Mazza, 31, regularly shuttles
between her homes in Buenes Aires and Milan with her husband,
Alejandro Gravier, an industrialist, and their two sons,
Balthazar, 4, and Tiziano, 2. "I'm much more myself now on TV
than I was in fashion," says Mazza. "Fashion is a bit like
acting--you're always playing a part."

Paulina Porizkova

She has appeared on more than 350 magazine covers--including
those of the Swimsuit Issue in 1984 and '85--but the 38-year-old,
Czechoslovakian-born Paulina Porizkova says she has never felt as
exposed--nor as exhilarated--as she does now, working on her
first novel. "Writing gives me such a high," says Porizkova, who
in 1989 signed a $6 million contract with Estee Lauder. "It's a
feeling I never came close to in modeling." Porizkova, who lives
in New York City with her two children and her husband, Ric
Ocasek, best known as the leader of the band the Cars, hopes to
finish her book by the end of the year. She won't reveal what the
subject matter is, except to say, "It's about what I know best."

Vendela Kirsebom-Thomessen

After she had her first child in 1998, Vendela had a frightening
thought. "I wondered, 'Wow, is my life over?' I was thrilled to
be a mom, but I was also afraid that I wouldn't be able to do
anything else with my life." Turns out the 37-year-old Swede, who
was in the Swimsuit Issue five times from 1992 to 1997 and on the
cover in '93, had little to worry about. Vendela lives in Oslo
with her husband Olaf, a prominent businessman who may run for
prime minister in 2006, and their two daughters, Julia, 5, and
Hannah, 3. She is the face of a new Liz Claiborne ad campaign and
has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador for the last 10 years. Her
current project is to create schools in poverty-stricken Eretria.

Cheryl Tiegs

In the late 1970s and early '80s, Cheryl Tiegs was at the height
of her long and lucrative modeling career; two decades and four
marriages later, Tiegs is 56 and single--a thriving businesswoman
and, still, a siren in a swimsuit. Tiegs, who has her own lines
of eyeglasses, watches and hosiery, lives in L.A. with her
12-year-old son, Zack, whom she had with her third husband, Tony
Peck (son of Gregory). In her free time she practices yoga and
plays tennis, all the while juggling her various business
ventures--most recently, a new line of skin-care products called
Ageless Woman. "I don't mind aging," says Tiegs, who appeared on
the 1970, '75 and '83 Swimsuit covers. "Every year is better than
the last."

Roshumba Williams

"I've always had varied interests," says Roshumba Williams, who
made three Swimsuit Issue appearances in the early 1990s, "even
when I was modeling. When we were off in foreign locales for
shoots, the other girls would spend their time smoking cigarettes
and complaining that they didn't have boyfriends. I was busy
exploring the city." The 35-year-old New Yorker, who wrote The
Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Model, has been a veejay for
VH1, a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and the host of
the Tennis Channel fashion show Slam Glam. She is also working to
become an ambassador for the United Nations, and wants to
specialize in projects for disadvantaged children.

Stacey Williams

Stacey Williams, who appeared in seven consecutive Swimsuit
Issues starting in 1992, says she has never been in better shape,
thanks to her new passion: Ruking. Ruking? "It's a combination of
hiking and running," explains Williams, who coined the term with
friends to describe an increasingly popular activity in the hills
of Southern California. Williams is working on a DVD, Ruking with
Stacey Williams, but devotes much of her time to community work.
In September 2001, then governor Gray Davis appointed her to the
board of the Exposition Park and California Science Center,
through which she has been deeply involved in the development of
a public school in downtown Los Angeles.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS Swimsuit's 40th Anniversary HALL of FAMEWALTER IOOSS JR. COLOR PHOTO: RUSSELL JAMES Bahamas, 1997COLOR PHOTO: JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN Captiva Island, 1981COLOR PHOTO: MARC HISPARD Lesser Antilles, Caribbean, 1991COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT ERDMANN Maldives, 1998COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT HUNTZINGER Pinese Island, 1990COLOR PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR. (2) South Africa, 1996COLOR PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR. (2) Jamaica, 1983COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT HUNTZINGER Florida Keys, 1993COLOR PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR. Brazil, 1978COLOR PHOTO: PAOLO CURTO (2) Petit St. Vincent, 1990COLOR PHOTO: PAOLO CURTO (2) Florida Keys, 1993

ELLE MACPHERSON

SWIMSUIT BY SAUVAGE SWIMWEAR BY ELIZABETH SOUTHWOOD ($106)
HAIR BY PETER BUTLER FOR ARTISTSBYTIMOTHYPRIANO.COM; MAKEUP BY
BRIGITTE REISS-ANDERSEN

PAULINA PORIZKOVA

SWIMSUIT BY ERES ($240)
HAIR BY FRANKIE FOYE FOR FRESH HAIR PRODUCTS; MAKEUP BY MOYRA
MULHOLLAND

RACHEL HUNTER

SWIMSUIT BY OMO NORMA KAMALI ($200)
HAIR BY HARRY JOSH OF GARREN NEW YORK FOR SPACE SALON; MAKEUP BY
YOLANDA HALSTON FOR CLASSIFIED COSMETICS

TYRA BANKS

SWIMSUIT BY SAUVAGE BY ELIZABETH SOUTHWOOD ($110)
HAIR BY OSCAR JAMES FOR KEN BARBOZA ASSOC; MAKEUP BY JAY MANUEL
FOR KEN BARBOZA ASSOC

VALERIA MAZZA

SWIMSUIT BY LA PERLA ($201)
HAIR BY RHEANNE WHITE FOR SEEMANAGEMENT.COM; MAKEUP BY STEVEN
ATURO FOR KNOW MANAGEMENT, USING ZA PRODUCTS

STACEY WILLIAMS

SWIMSUIT BY CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION ($100)
HAIR BY RICHARD KEOGH FOR TWI-NYC, USING REDKEN; MAKEUP BY
FRANCISCO VALERA FOR CHANEL

HEIDI KLUM

SWIMSUIT BY PRADA SPORT ($196)
HAIR BY MICHEL ALEMAN FOR FREDERIC FEKKAI BEAUTE; MAKEUP BY
CHARLIE GREEN FOR VICTORIA'S SECRET BEAUTY

CHERYL TIEGS

SWIMSUIT BY GOTTEX SWIMWEAR ($198)
HAIR BY HARRY KING FOR WARREN-TRICOMI MANAGEMENT; MAKEUP BY SANDY
LINTER FOR PETER COPPOLA NYC

ROSHUMBA

SWIMSUIT BY LA PERLA ($185)
MAKEUP BY SAM FINE FOR JEANOWENINC.COM

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY

SWIMSUIT BY KARLA COLLETTO ($200)
HAIR BY MAX PINNELL FOR BUMBLE AND BUMBLE; MAKEUP BY MOYRA
MULHOLLAND

VENDELA

SWIMSUIT BY HERMES ($450)
HAIR BY PETER BUTLER FOR ARTISTSBYTIMOTHYPRIANO.COM MAKEUP BY
BRIGITTE REISS-ANDERSEN

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