Her sexy swimwear magazine covers and iconic ‘pink bikini’ poster hung in every boy’s bedroom nearly four decades ago, but would they recognize her today?
Women’s magazine Time, once dubbed “The All American Model” in 1978, was spotted leaving a hair appointment in Montecito, California on Friday, according to photos from DailyMail.com.
The 75-year-old arrived for an early morning appointment at the popular Halo & Horns salon for their $55 “Fab Blow Out” on Coast Village Road just before the weekend rush.
She had the place all to herself and half an hour later she was heading back to her car with a light breeze hitting her fresh new headdress.
Have you ever guessed his identity?
America’s ‘first model’ was spotted leaving a Montecito hair salon with a fresh blowout on Friday
The former cover girl, 75, looked comfortable and relaxed in a black tracksuit and bare face – a far cry from the racy, glamorous looks she was famous for in the 70s
The blonde beauty is none other than supermodel Cheryl Tiegs.
Although there have been various sightings of the former cover girl in the Santa Barbara area since the early 1980s, Tiegs has managed to stay under photographers’ radar in recent years.
She removed her makeup for the outing, wearing a black tracksuit, white sneakers and accessorized with a large green handbag.
If there’s one famous face that deserves the crown of “America’s First Model”, it’s her.
The Minnesota-born beauty moved west with her family and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1965.
Tiegs is best known for her Sports Illustrated cover photos, and her pink bikini poster in 1978 has become an iconic pop culture image.
The fresh-faced cheerleader and throwback princess caught the eye of California-based swimwear maker Cole.
It was this ad – made during her senior year – that appeared in Seventeen magazine and later launched her meteoric career in the modeling industry.
She is best known for her work with Sports Illustrated and her very famous “swimsuit number”.
Tiegs has appeared on the cover several times, in 1970, 1975 and 1983 – but it was her infamous 1978 sheer fishnet swimsuit photos that captured the world’s attention.
Never had a room been so revealing and eye-catching. So much so that her pink bikini poster became an iconic pop culture image of the 1970s.
Tiegs arrived for an early morning appointment at the popular Halo & Horns salon for their signature $55 ‘Fab Blow Out’ on Coast Village Road
She stripped down for the outing, wearing a black tracksuit, white sneakers and accessorized with a large green handbag
Tiegs, who retired in 2019, has managed to stay under photographers’ radar in recent years
After a successful modeling career, Tiegs found success as an author, designer and philanthropist
Tiegs appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1970, 1975 and 1983
By the 1980s, Tiegs had landed a Cover Girl cosmetics deal – worth $1.5 million – launched her own signature clothing line for Sears and wrote her first book, The Way To Natural Beauty.
Responding to being called America’s first supermodel, Tiegs said Art of living in 2017: “Of course someone gave me this title. I think it’s a way of saying that I didn’t just disappear after a very successful modeling career; I then created other companies.
In a July 2020 Instagram post, the fashion icon opened up about a highlight of her illustrious career by paying tribute to TIME magazine — which she credits with “changing her life.”
She also attributed her success to her hard work.
“I would come early and stay late if they wanted to because I was so grateful for the money I was making and the great work,” she added.
“I think over the years – not to brag – but I think I’ve developed a reputation for being nice and easy to work with, so I think people want to work with you.”
Years earlier, Tiegs had made headlines after criticizing plus-size model Ashley Graham’s landmark Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover, which she said glorified unhealthy characters.
Tiegs was the first model to appear twice on the cover of the SI Swimsuit issue
As for her personal life, Tiegs has been married and divorced four times. She is seen with her second husband Peter Beard in 1982
Graham, who wears a size 14, made Sports Illustrated Swimsuit history by becoming the first woman her size to cover the iconic issue in February 2016.
‘I don’t like that we talk about full women because it makes them look glamorous, and your size should be under 35 [inches] Tiegs told E! News at the time.
“That’s what Dr. Oz said and I stand by it.”
The comments drew criticism from Graham and the public, prompting Tiegs to clarify and apologize on Twitter days later.
‘To clarify body weight. Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight, all related to health issues. I want everyone to be as healthy as possible. [sic]’ she wrote.
“My sincere apologies to everyone I hurt. I really want everyone to be healthy and happy, [sic]’ she added in a follow-up tweet.
Life away from the camera has proven to be a bit more difficult for the famous model, author, designer and philanthropist.
She has been married and divorced four times.
She was married to her first husband, director Stan Dragoti from 1970 to 1979. She then had a two-year marriage to photographer Peter Beard (1981-1983).
Seven years later, she married Anthony Peck – son of To Kill A Mockingbird actor Gregory Peck – with whom she shares a son, Zachary Peck, 31. The marriage ended in 1995.
Tiegs was seen posing alongside other Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girls at the magazine’s 1995 launch party. Pictured (L-R): Cheryl Tiegs, Manon Von Gerkan, Vendela, Talisa Soto and Rebecca Romijn
Since retiring from modeling, Tiegs has worked on projects as an author, designer and philanthropist. She is seen at the Project Angel Food Angel Awards gala in September 2019
Her last and most controversial union was with yoga instructor Rod Stryker (1998-2001).
After struggling at age 52 to conceive through IVF, Tiegs and Stryker welcomed twins Theo and Jaden via surrogate in 2000.
Legal battles between the couple resulted in Stryker gaining full custody of the boys who are now 22.
“My ex has custody of the twins because he’s Jewish and he wanted to raise them Jewish,” she said in an old interview.
“We also have an agreement to keep them away from the press. He was adamant about it and I said that was fine with me.
Her son Zach made her the grandmother of his children Atticus and Elektra.