- Starting her modeling career at the age of 15 and being declared a supermodel by the international press.
- Being the first black model on the cover of French Vogue at 18, and later also becoming the first black model on the cover of Time Magazine.
- Gracing the covers of over 500 magazines and featuring in campaigns for top fashion houses like Burberry, Prada, Versace, and Chanel.
- Enjoying a thriving career as one of the world's biggest supermodels and a Victoria's Secret Angel in the 2000s.
- Beginning charity work with Nelson Mandela in 1993, and being named his “Honorary Granddaughter” in 1997.
- Founding the charity Fashion for Relief in 2005, which has organized fundraising fashion shows to benefit victims of several crises, including Hurricane Katrina.
- Creating and executive producing the hit reality TV show “The Face,” where aspiring models competed for a chance at a career in the industry.