In 1974, supermodel Beverly Johnson made history as Vogue's first African-American cover girl, paving the way for other black supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. In 1978, supermodel Cheryl Tiegs graced the cover of Time who named her "the all-American model." In 1980, Life declared supermodel Carol Alt "the next million dollar face." She went on to appear on over 700 magazine covers during that decade.
Throughout the years, these 3 timeless beauties have amassed many secrets that keep the signs of aging at bay.
Exactly how have Cheryl, Beverly and Carol managed to fight off those cruel wrinkles, bulges and sagging skin? You're thinking - plastic surgery. But they say that's not the case. These 3 veterans have built up all kinds of anti-aging knowledge based on their longtime access to experts in biz - from the very best makeup artists to famous hair stylists.
Here are some of their most treasured anti-aging secrets for skin, hair, diet and exercise.
Secret #1: Younger-Looking Skin
In her teens and early 20s, Cheryl had bad acne: "I was sent home from a studio once because my skin was so bad they couldn't photograph me," she says. Since then, Cheryl has kept her skin clear by religiously using a fragrance-free basic cleanser twice a day, along with applying eye cream and moisturizer. Plus, she always uses sun protection, not only on her face but on the back of her hands, to prevent brown spots and other telltale signs of aging.
Beverly swears by inexpensive, tried-and-true drugstore products like petroleum jelly and baby oil, to keep her skin looking dewy and wrinkle-free. She slathers them on before and after showering and recommends focusing on dry areas like elbows, knees and the heels of your feet. She also takes cod liver oil tablets, known to nourish skin and nails, a secret handed down by her mother.
Carol loves tamanu nut oil, a natural substance that has been used medicinally in Southeast Asia for thousands of years. An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, tamanu nut oil is inexpensive and can be purchased in health food stores or online.
Secret #2: Keeping Hair Strong and Beautiful
To address her hair's dryness, Cheryl uses sweet almond oil; its high-fat content lubricates brittle hair and adds shine. Purchase sweet almond oil in health food stores, or look for it as an ingredient in shampoos and conditioners.
Beverly combats dull hair with biotin, a B vitamin found in legumes, egg yolks and milk, and also available in supplement form. Biotin is prized for promoting hair growth and preventing thinning hair.
Carol suffers from flat hair. Her secret is hidden in the shower, where she has installed a water filter to remove chlorine and other minerals that dry out hair and skin. Purchase a pharmaceutical-grade filter at any drug store for about $50. If you don't have a filter, take short showers that are not too hot, to avoid damaging hair and skin.
Secret #3: Shape-Saving Diet and Exercise Tips
Think supermodels don't eat carbs? Think again! Cheryl starts every morning with a breakfast that includes a nutrient-packed, high-fiber and high-protein bread rich in sprouted grains and legumes, and without grain flour. To make sure she gets enough exercise, Cheryl has been wearing a pedometer for years and walks until she reaches 10,000 steps every day. Sound familiar?
Beverly's fitness secret is all about keeping both the body and mind young. A passionate golfer, Beverly recommends picking a sport you really love so exercise is an enjoyable activity, not work. In terms of diet, "Every day is a battle," she says. "That cookie is there, that popcorn is there. But I'm on top of it."
Carol is hooked on maintaining a mostly raw foods diet. "I've never looked or felt better," she says. A raw food diet is based on eating uncooked and unprocessed foods that are never cooked more than 116deg, which is believed to destroy enzymes that assist in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Feeling inspired? Try Dr. Oz's 28-Day Raw Food Challenge. Exercise-wise, Carol keeps a stability ball near her desk, so she can get work done and workout her core at the same time.