Cheryl Tiegs is the woman that brought sexy and risque to the cover of men's sports magazines when she wore the sexy fishnet swimsuit which partially exposed her nipples and in the process made her the fantasy woman for men in 1978 and even today is considered an incredibly attractive woman. However, Cheryl Tiegs is not only a sex symbol but also a role model for American models because she is acknowledged as the first US supermodel.
When Cheryl Tiegs was at her peak as a model she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue two times, was on the cover of Times magazine three times and appeared four times on the cover of People magazine. She became a great businesswoman as she launched her own clothes and product line which amassed almost a billion dollars in sales and in the process demonstrated to all young models how they could use their modelling success to create their own brand.
In 2014 the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine had its 50th anniversary and Cheryl Tiegs was recognized as one of the most attractive cover models that the magazine has ever had. Today, her modelling success is still paying dividends as she is the spokesperson for several products and is not only still modelling but she acts and her name brings attention to her philanthropic activities.
Cheryl Tiegs represents the beginning for the American supermodel. Before Cheryl Tiegs American models did not dominate the magazine covers of entertainment publications nor were they a major topic of discussion in the media but Cheryl Tiegs changed the environment for American models because she helped make being a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model the launching point for career modelling success. In 2014 Cheryl Tiegs is known for many great things including being the Sports Illustrated model who helped save the company Sears and signed the biggest cosmetics contract ever in 1979 but with everything she is recognized for there is always the notation of "Sports Illustrated" cover model.
Cheryl Tiegs made the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine cover a career launching pad for models and for that she will always be revered by past, present and future models.