Cheryl Rae Tiegs (born September 25, 1947) is an American model, actress, designer, author, and entrepreneur. Frequently described as the first American supermodel, Tiegs is best known for her multiple appearances on the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and TIME and for her 1978 "Pink Bikini" poster, which became an iconic image of 1970s pop culture.
Tiegs was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, to Phyllis and Theodore Tiegs, a funeral director. Along with her family, Tiegs moved to Alhambra, California, in 1952. As a senior at Alhambra High School, Tiegs posed for a swimsuit ad for bathing suit manufacturer Cole of California; the ad, which appeared in Seventeen, launched her career as a model. Although she enrolled as an English major at California State University, Los Angeles, Tiegs left college before her junior year to pursue her career.
Tiegs was the first model to appear twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but she significantly raised her profile in 1978, when she posed in a fishnet swimsuit. Tiegs additionally made the cover of People four times, and did three covers for TIME, most notably for the "All-American Model" cover story in 1978. A year later, she was signed to a reported $1.5 million two-year contract with Cover Girl cosmetics, then the biggest contract ever. In 2004, Tiegs was inducted into the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's 40th anniversary "Hall of Fame," and was included on People's 2008 50 Most Beautiful People list, and Men's Health Magazine's 2012 "100 Hottest Women of All Time" feature. In 2001 Tiegs posed in a bikini for the cover of More, and earned considerable praise for breaking age barriers related to fitness, fashion, and beauty...
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