What It Was Really Like to Be a Supermodel In 1984

The group of women we consider true supermodels is small, but Linda Evangelista sits right among the greatest. And now the '80s runway staple is tackling an inspiring new position, serving as fashion editor for a autobiographical shoot in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. 

Evangelista directed noted model Raquel Zimmermann in a shoot that reimagined Evangelista's youth in Canada all the way up through her rise to fame in New York City. "Everything is where I frequented. The car I drove, my house, the store, the church… That’s what happened," Evangelista said.

The nostalgia-inducing piece highlights major moments in Evangelista's life on her way to beginning her now legendary career. And while current designer favorites like Chloé and Mansur Gavriel make an appearance, the shoot captures the essence of Evangelista's life way back when. Ready for a major dose of throwback style inspiration?

Check out a few shots from the spread below, along with shopping inspired by each look.

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Nathaniel Goldberg/Harper's Bazaar

On Raquel Zimmermann: J.Crew top; Burberry trench coat; Atelier Notify Paris jeans; Jimmy Choo heels; Hermès hat and bag; Tiffany & Co. pendant.

When Linda was just over 18 years old, she arrived in New York City. "It was chock-full of cockroaches. But I just thought everything was the way it was supposed to be," she said.

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Nathaniel Goldberg/Harper's Bazaar

On Raquel Zimmermann: Isabel Marant jacket and dress; Manolo Blahnik sandals; Miu Miu bag; Jennifer Meyer ring.

Back in the day, Evangelista would fill up her 1982 Cadillac Eldorado at this exact gas station. We're guessing she wasn't quite wearing Isabel Marant yet though.

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Nathaniel Goldberg/Harper's Bazaar

On Raquel Zimmermann: Chloé dress; A.P.C shoes; Rolex watch.

All dressed up at a local Chinese restaurant, complete with a coffee in hand and a pretty party dress.

What's your favorite shot? Let us know in the comments, and then head to Harper's Bazaar to see more!