Model Neelam Gill on September 22, 2015, during London Fashion Week. Photo unattributed – Wikimedia Commons 

Top 10 Most Popular British Models


 

Pantheon has 22 people classified as models born between 1942 and 1992. Of these 22, 22 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living models include Naomi Campbell, Twiggy, and Pattie Boyd.

 As of October 2020, 1 new model has been added to Pantheon including Karen Elson.  

1. Naomi Campbell is the most famous British Model

British model Giselle Norman during Paris Fashion Week in 2018. Photo by Christopher Macsurak – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 68.87, Naomi Campbell is the most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 65 different languages on Wikipedia.

Naomi Elaine Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is a British model, actress, singer, and businesswoman. She began her career at the age of 15 and established herself amongst the most recognizable and in-demand models of the past four decades.

Campbell was one of six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry and the international press. In addition to her modeling career, Campbell has embarked on other ventures, including an R&B studio album and several acting appearances in film and television, such as the modeling-competition reality show The Face and its international offshoots.

Campbell is also involved in charity work for various causes.

2. Twiggy biography is translated into 39 different languages 

Luissa – Miss Great Britain Globe. Photo by Lies Thru a Lens – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 67.61, Twiggy is the 2nd most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Dame Lesley Lawson (née Hornby; born 19 September 1949) is an English model, actress, and singer, widely known by the nickname Twiggy. She was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenage model during the swinging ’60s in London.

 Twiggy was initially known for her thin build and the androgynous appearance considered to result from her big eyes, long eyelashes, and short hair. She was named “The Face of 1966” by the Daily Express and voted British Woman of the Year.

 By 1967, she had modeled in France, Japan, and the US, and had landed on the covers of Vogue and The Tatler. Her fame had spread worldwide. After modeling, Twiggy enjoyed a successful career as a screen, stage, and television actress.

Her role in The Boy Friend (1971) brought her two Golden Globe Awards. In 1983, she made her Broadway debut in the musical My One and Only, for which she earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

She later hosted her series, Twiggy’s People, in which she interviewed celebrities; she also appeared as a judge on the reality show America’s Next Top Model. Her 1998 autobiography Twiggy in Black and White entered the best-seller lists.

 Since 2005, she has modeled for Marks and Spencer, most recently to promote their recent rebranding, appearing in television advertisements and print media, alongside Myleene Klass, Erin O’Connor, Lily Cole, and others.

In 2012, she worked alongside Marks & Spencer’s designers to launch an exclusive clothing collection for the M&S Woman range.

3. Pattie Boyd was one of the leading international models during the 1960s

Jaada Lawrence – Green. She is an Actor, Model Presenter. Photo by fashion love – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 67.27, Pattie Boyd is the 3rd most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Patricia Anne Boyd (born 17 March 1944) is an English model and photographer. She was one of the leading international models during the 1960s and, with Jean Shrimpton, epitomized the British female look of the era.

Boyd married George Harrison in 1966 and experienced the height of the Beatles’ popularity as well as sharing in their embrace of Indian spirituality. She divorced Harrison in 1977 and married Harrison’s friend Eric Clapton in 1979; they divorced in 1989.

 Boyd inspired Harrison’s songs “I Need You”, “If I Needed Someone”, “Something” and “For You Blue”, and Clapton’s songs “Layla”, “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Wonderful Tonight”.

In August 2007, Boyd published her autobiography Wonderful Today (titled Wonderful Tonight in the United States). Her photographs of Harrison and Clapton, titled Through the Eye of a Muse, have been widely exhibited.

4. Kate Moss is known for her waifish figure 

British model Nora Attal at Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 2018 runway. Photo by Christopher Macsurak – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 64.10, Kate Moss is the 4th most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Katherine Ann Moss (born 16 January 1974) is a British supermodel and businesswoman. Arriving at the end of the “supermodel era”, Moss rose to fame in the early 1990s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend.

Her collaborations with Calvin Klein brought her to fashion icon status. She is known for her waifish figure and role in size zero fashion. Moss has had her clothing range, has been involved in musical projects, and is also a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue.

 In 2012, she came second on the Forbes top-earning models list, with estimated earnings of $9.2 million in one year. The accolades she has received for modeling include the 2013 British Fashion Awards acknowledging her contribution to fashion over 25 years, while Time named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2007.

A subject of media scrutiny due to her party lifestyle, Moss was involved in a drug use scandal in September 2005, which led to her being dropped from fashion campaigns.

She was cleared of charges and soon resumed modeling. She has inspired cultural depictions including a £1.5m ($2.8m) 18-carat gold statue of her, sculpted in 2008 for a British Museum exhibition.

5. Cara Delevingne started her acting career with a minor role in 2012

Junaid Ahmed Model. Photo by Creative Commons – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 62.55, Cara Delevingne is the 5th most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 49 different languages.

Cara Jocelyn Delevingne ( KAH-rə DEL-ə-VEEN; born 12 August 1992) is an English model, actress, and singer. She signed with Storm Management after leaving school in 2009. Delevingne won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014. Delevingne started her acting career with a minor role in the 2012 film adaptation of Anna Karenina by Joe Wright.

Her most notable roles include Margo Roth Spiegelman in the romantic mystery film Paper Towns (2015), the Enchantress in the comic book film Suicide Squad (2016), as well as Laureline in Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).

6. Rosie Huntington – Whiteley is known for her artistic collaboration with denim-focused fashion brand Paige.

Anglo-American model Aiden Curtiss speaks to Vogue magazine about body shaming. Photo by VOGUE Taiwan – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 61.64, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the 6th most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley (born 18 April 1987) is an English model and actress.

She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, formerly being one of their brands “Angels”, for being the face of Burberry’s 2011 brand fragrance Burberry Body, for her work with Marks & Spencer, and, most recently, for her artistic collaboration with denim-focused fashion brand Paige.

Moving into acting, she had supporting roles as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment in the Transformers film series, and as The Splendid Angharad in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.

7. Kelly Brook was crowned FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World in 2005

Jourdan Dunn during BFA 2015. A British model who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year. Photo by Walterlan Papetti – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 60.71, Kelly Brook is the 7th most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Kelly Ann Parsons (born 23 November 1979), known professionally as Kelly Brook, is an English model, actress, and media personality. She is known for her modeling work in the UK, and in the US for her role as Prudence on the NBC sitcom One Big Happy (2015).

 She has appeared on various British television shows, including Strictly Come Dancing (2007), Britain’s Got Talent (2009), Celebrity Juice (2012–2013, 2015), It’s Not Me, It’s You (2016), The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off (2020), and The Masked Dancer (2021). Brook is regarded as a sex symbol and style icon.

She was crowned FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World in 2005, and as of 2015, she had appeared in every FHM 100 Sexiest countdown since 1998. Brook currently co-presents the Heart London drive show with Jason King.

She also co-presents the National Heart radio show on the Feel-Good Weekend show on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm.

8. Jean Shrimpton was an icon of Swinging London

Hilary Alexander arriving at Anna Sui Feb 2008, Photo by Ed Kavishe for Fashion WirePress – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 59.28, Jean Shrimpton is the 8th most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Jean Rosemary Shrimpton (born 7 November 1942) is an English model and actress. She was an icon of Swinging London and is considered to be one of the world’s first supermodels.

She appeared on numerous magazine covers including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies Home Journal, Newsweek, and Time. In 2009, Harper’s Bazaar named Shrimpton one of the 26 best models of all time, and in 2012, Time named her one of the 100 most influential fashion icons of all time.

She starred alongside Paul Jones in the film Privilege (1967).

9. Caroline Cossey became the first trans woman to pose for Playboy

London 2012 Models. Lily Cole celebrating British fashion climbs off a flatbed lorry after the billboard was removed. Photo by Nick Webb – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 54.19, Caroline Cossey is the 9th most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Caroline Cossey (born 31 August 1954) is a British model who often worked under the name Tula, which she also used for two memoirs. She appeared in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

 Following her appearance in the film, she was outed as transgender by the British tabloid News of the World. In 1991, she became the first trans woman to pose for Playboy. Cossey has since then fought for her right to legally marry and be legally recognized as a woman.

10. Suki Waterhouse is not just a model but an actress and singer

Dorking Models Old-fashioned tile-hung building on Dorking’s West Street catering for an old-fashioned hobby. Photo by Colin Smith – Wikimedia Commons

With an HPI of 53.84, Suki Waterhouse is the 10th most famous British Model.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Alice Suki Waterhouse (born 5 January 1992) is an English model, actress, and singer.