Top 10 World famous supermodels 2012 May

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1. Adriana Lima

Brazilian supermodel

About: In true fairy tale fashion, Brazilian Adriana was discovered at the age of 13 when she was shopping at a local shopping mall. By 15, she had won the 'Ford Supermodel of Brazil' contest and was placed second in the 'Ford Supermodel of the World' competition. She moved to the world's most energetic and fashion-driven city, New York, and was signed to Elite Model Management.

2. Gisele Bundchen

brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen 
Brazilian supermodel

About: She's been hailed by ROLLING STONE Magazine as THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD and confirmed her status in December 1999 as the most wanted face in fashion, when she was named VOGUE-VH1's MODEL OF THE YEAR.

Born on the 20th of July, 1980, in Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Gisele Caroline Bundchen grew up closely tied to her five sisters.

3. Heidi Klum

german supermodel Heidi Klum 
German supermodel

About: In 1992 Heidi won the contest "Model 92" and after finishing school in June 1992 she desided to pursue a career as a model. Her first modeling jobs were in Hamburg, then in Paris and Milan. A year later Heidi Klum moved to Miami and then to New York, where she has lived since October 1993.

4. Alessandra Ambrosio

brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio 
Brazilian supermodel

About: When Ambrosio was 12 years old, she enrolled in modeling classes then, began modeling for Dilson Stein at age 15. Winning Brazil's Elite Model Look started her modeling career. Her first big modeling job was the cover of the Brazilian Elle magazine. Elite passed along some of her Polaroids to Guess which led her to do the Millennium GUESS? campaign along with her friend and fellow Brazilian supermodel Ana Beatriz Barros.

5. Karolina Kurkova

supermodel Karolina Kurkova 
Czech supermodel

About: Born in the town of Decin, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) on February 28th, 1984, Karolina Kurkova had a slight taste of what celebrity would be like, as her father Josef Kurka was a star basketball player. As a child, her height made her relatively awkward and gangly, but that would all change with age.

6. Tyra Banks

supermodel Tyra Banks 
American supermodel

About: Prior to graduating from Immaculate Heart High School in 1991, she wanted to give modeling a try. She applied and was accepted at Loyola Marymount University, that Elite modeling agency gave the 17-year-old, her first modeling job. Afterwards, she had been rejected many times for modeling assignments, which led her to drop out of college so quickly.

7. Kate Moss

supermodel Kate Moss 
British supermodel

About: Moss's career began when Corinne Day shot black and white photographs of her for British magazine The Face when she was 15, in a photo shoot titled "The Third Summer of Love". After that, Kate was on her way to becoming the latest "It" girl, whose face and body would show up everywhere.

8. Cindy Crawford

supermodel Cindy Crawford 
American supermodel

About: Cynthia Ann Crawford was born February 20, 1966, in De Kalb, Illinois. She was discovered by chance by a newspaper photographer, who noticed then 16-year old Cindy at work during her summer job of detasselling corn and took her a picture of her. The photo and the positive feedback surrounding Cindy's photogenic talents were enough to convince her to quit her day job and take up modelling.

9. Naomi Campbell

supermodel Naomi Campbell 
British supermodel

About: British born NAOMI CAMPBELL has conquered the fashion industry and achieved iconic status around the world with her incomparable physique and electrifying presence. Since stepping into the limelight over 15 years ago, she has set runways and magazine covers ablaze with a sophisticated, sultry style and singular no-nonsense attitude that together have made her an international celebrity and fashion authority.

10. Claudia Schiffer

supermodel Claudia Schiffer 
German supermodel

About: After she was spotted as a potential model in a disco at the age of just seventeen, she completed her education by her mother's wishes and then began to work as a model. She flew out to Paris for a trial photo shoot and soon after she appeared in the cover of French ELLE after being well received in Paris. After several other magazine appearances she quickly achieved supermodel status when she was selected by Karl Lagerfeld to become the new face of Chanel.