Oprah Winfrey invited some of fashion's first supermodels; Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Stephanie Seymour and Beverly Johnson to her show on Friday, February 4th to talk about their careers, body issues and how modeling has changed.
Brinkley remembered going to Ford modeling agency and being told she could eat nothing but fish and water in order to drop the pounds necessary to compete in the competetive modeling world.
"She said you can eat any fish, prepared any way, but I'm not kidding," Brinkley told Oprah. "Breakfast was fish and lunch was fish. I did that for like a week and I felt like, 'Oh I'm starting to look like a model!'"
Each of the models had a different take on body image, Johnson, who was the first African-American model to be on the cover of Vogue magazine, said she once got down to 103 pounds and didn't realize she had gotten too skinny until her mother intervened.
Seymour has been in the tabloids for her public divorce proceedings and more recently for being photographed on the beach with her son in what was called an inappropriate embrace.
"I've gone through a lot in the past two years, and I gained a lot of weight, and it really upset me. So I spent two days indoors, and when I came out and finally decided to just go outside, my son was so happy to see me," she says. "He was wooing me and gave me a big hug and a kiss, and we had no idea that that one second would be turned into something that could ever be thought of as [inappropriate]."
Brinkley is currently preparing to play Roxie Hart for 11 weeks in Broadway's "Chicago" which will debut on April 4, 2011.