It is no secret that Cheryl Tiegs is a successful American fashion designer and model. She is widely regarded as America’s first supermodel. Cheryl is popularly known for her numerous appearances on posters and magazines including the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, TIME, and the pop culture-defining “Pink Bikini” poster which made her a national sex symbol in the 1970s.
As a young girl, Cheryl loved to be in front of cameras, so she started auditioning for television commercials and this exposure eventually led to her ending up on the 1964 cover of Glamour magazine. This opened the floodgate of opportunities, as she went on to land photoshoots in top magazines like Elle, People’s Magazine, Vogue, and Cover Girl. Cheryl is considered one of the hottest woman alive. Even now, her fame and reputation haven’t waned. The model, among other attainments, was the first model to score a million dollar contract; this was after she signed a deal with Cover Girl cosmetics. She has been profiled and featured in numerous magazines and articles, all praising her beauty and all she has managed to achieve in her career.
Away from her illustrious career, Cheryl is even more well-known for her philanthropic efforts. She is an active supporter of several causes including planned parenthood and global warming. She was also the first model to launch a retail venture beginning with designing a clothing an accessories line for Sears. Barely nine years after the collection launched, it reached almost $1 billion in sales.
Cheryl Tiegs Bio
The supermodel was born on September 25, 1947, in Breckenridge, Minnesota to Theodore and Phyllis Tiegs. His father was a former auto-assembly lineman who later became a funeral director. Her family moved to California in 1952 and she continues her education at Alhambra High School. While there, she posed for a swimsuit ad which appeared in Seventeen magazine. This was how her modeling career began. She went off to California State University to study English but dropped out to pursue a career in modeling full time.
Her big break came when the editors at Glamour came upon her swimsuit and invited her for a shoot with the famous photographer Ali MacGraw. She ended up on the cover and subsequently featured on Elle, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar covers. Tiegs became the first model to grace the Sports Illustrated cover twice, one of which was the iconic fishnet swimsuit picture. She appeared four times on the cover of People and three times on TIME.
Cheryl was inducted into the Sports Illustrated Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2001, she posed in a bikini on the cover of More, which earned her praise and acclaim from all corners for breaking barriers in terms of beauty, fashion, and fitness despite her age. The model also regularly appears on television shows such as Celebrity Apprentice, Just Shoot Me, Pathfinders: Exotic Journey, True Beauty, Access Hollywood, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and many more.
Her Net Worth
Cheryl Tiegs made a lot of money from her modeling and entrepreneurial efforts. She secured enormous endorsement contracts with major brands that have helped to expand her financial standing. She is estimated to have a net worth of about $24 million.
Who’s Her Spouse?
Cheryl has made several trips to the altar in her lifetime. The model and designer has been married four times. Her first marriage was in 1970 to Stan Dragoti, an advertising executive. The marriage ended in 1979.
She met Peter Beard, the famous photographer in 1978 and they traveled to Kenya together the following year to work on a documentary about the destruction and decline of African wildlife. They began dating and were married in 1981, however, they divorced two years later.
Her third marriage was to an aspiring actor called Anthony Peck in 1990, and they enjoyed four years together before splitting in 1994. The couple had a son together named Zachary. Cheryl married her fourth and final husband Rod Stryker, a yoga teacher in 1998, and they divorced in 2001. The pair gave birth to twins named Theo and Jaden.
Other Interesting Facts About Cheryl Tiegs
1. The supermodel surprisingly doesn’t equate beauty to size or weight. What matters the most for her is feeling comfortable in the body you have.
2. Cheryl Tiegs is a published author having written the book The Way to Natural Beauty with Vicki Lindner, which was released in October 1980.
3. She serves as a board member of the Earth Conservation Corps.