1971: Jean Shrimpton
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This British beauty was labeled by Time Magazine in 1971 as a "supermodel" which made her one of the first to officially hold the title. She became known in the late 1960s for making the miniskirt a worldwide hit, but reached the peak of her fame in the early '70s.
What made Shrimpton so unique as a supermodel was that she was rather indifferent to her success. In 2011, she was quoted as saying "I never liked being photographed. I just happened to be good at it."