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10 SHAPE Cover Models: Then and Now

Then: Marilu Henner

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Best known for her role in Taxi, Marilu Henner appeared on the cover of SHAPE with her Marty co-star John Travolta to show off the workout fashions of 1984.

Now: Marilu Henner

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Today, Henner, who is one of only 6 people in the world with the ability of superior autobiographical memory, acts as a consultant on the new hit show Unforgettable. The show stars Poppy Montgomery as a police detective who uses her extraordinary powers of observation to help solve murders.

Then: Faith Ford

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In the early 1980s, Faith Ford broke into the acting world by landing the role of Muffy Critchlow on One Life to Live. Shortly after, she moved on to Murphy Brown, Another World, and Hope and Faith (which also starred former SHAPE cover girl Kelly Ripa).

Now: Faith Ford

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Although it seems like Ford has been MIA for a while, she still acts occasionally. In 2004, she appeared in the Disney film The Pacifier, and this past April, she starred in the teen film Prom. Ford also hosts a web series called Mind Body Balance on MSN.

Then: Paula Abdul

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In the 1980s, Paula Abdul was a cheerleader for the L.A. Lakers, before making the switch to choreography and becoming one of the most sought-after music video choreographers in the '80s and '90s. She had six number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, which puts her at fifth place for female solo performers who have reached No. 1.

Now: Paula Abdul

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Although Abdul's personal life has had its share of ups and downs (she suffered from disordered eating, and rumors still fly that she's been addicted to painkillers), she's been keeping busy: Since leaving American Idol in 2009, she's launched her own jewelry line, and she's now acting as a judge on the American version of The X-Factor, alongside her fellow former American Idol judge Simon Cowell.

Then: Gloria Estefan

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Sorry Shakira, the queen of Latin pop will always be Gloria Estefan, who graced the cover of SHAPE in March 1990. Although Estefan, who speaks English, Spanish, and French, was once approached by the CIA for employment, she chose to pursue music instead. It turned out to be a good decision—she's won seven Grammy Awards and is one of 100 artists who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Now: Gloria Estefan

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Since the '90s, Estefan has ventured outside of the music arena and written two books, one of which, Noelle's Treasure Tale, spent a week at No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list. She's also opened several Cuban-themed restaurants in Miami with her husband, and in 2007 was appointed to the board of directors for Univision Communications Inc.

Then: Courteney Cox

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Can you believe how young Courteney Cox looks here? We can't! Cox, who is best known for her role as Monica Geller on Friends, was originally asked to audition for the part of Rachel Green in 1994. But she got her start long before then when she appeared in Bruce Springsteen's music video for Dancing in the Dark in 1984.

Now: Courtney Cox

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Little-known fact: Cox was actually first in line to play the role of Susan on Desperate Housewives. However, she was pregnant at the time and ultimately turned the role down (which then went to Teri Hatcher). Now, Cox stars in the hit series Cougartown as an over-40 single mother on the hunt for something new.

Then: Veronica Webb

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Veronica Webb was one of the most recognizable faces of the 1990s and the first black model to sign a contract with Revlon, a major cosmetics company. In addition to modeling, Webb has also written for various publications, including Esquire and Interview magazine.

Now: Veronica Webb

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Today, Webb concentrates on one job in particular: being a mom. She's also the new fashion director for Sector Watches, and she's training to run the New York City Marathon for the third in November 2011.

Then: Cindy Crawford

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Who doesn't recognize Cindy Crawford on this cover? One of the most popular cover models of the 1990s, Crawford has appeared on the cover of every major magazine, including Vogue,, Elle, and W. In total, she's appeared on more than 400 magazine covers, behind only Christy Turlington, and Claudia Schiffer, who have both appeared on more than 500.

Now: Cindy Crawford

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Technically, Crawford quit modeling in 2000, though she came out of retirement to appear on the May 2011 cover of Vogue Mexico. She's been concentrating on charity work, serving as an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and an official supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, among others.

Then: Claudia Schiffer

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German-born Claudia Schiffer is one of the world's most successful models, having appeared on more than 500 magazine covers. In the early 1990s, she was the face of Guess jeans, which shot her to fame in the United States.

Now: Claudia Schiffer

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Although Schiffer hasn't graced the catwalk in years, she still holds modeling contracts with multiple major agencies, including ones in Hamburg, Milan, and London. She's also dabbled in acting (Love Actually, anyone?) and gave birth to a daughter, Cosima, last year.

Then: Portia de Rossi

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Portia de Rossi got her start in the Australian film Siren, but it was her role as Nelle Porter in Ally McBeal that made her a star in the United States. She also starred in the short-lived hit series Arrested Development.

Now: Portia de Rossi

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In 2004 de Rossi married Ellen DeGeneres. Although she still goes by Portia de Rossi professionally, she petitioned to have her name officially changed to Portia Lee James DeGeneres in 2010. She also made Bluth fans everywhere jump for joy when she agreed to star in the up-and-coming film version of Arrested Development, as well as a prequel to the show.


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