Happy Columbus Day! Today is the holiday we take a moment to honor the most famous Christopher in American history, who made his way over from Spain in 1492 to officially lay claim to the mysterious land across the vast ocean blue.
In the spirit of celebrating all things red, white, and blue, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest American models. From Chicago-born Karlie Kloss to Puerto Rico native Joan Smalls and more, it’s not all about Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss, after all!
See our 20 favorite All-American models below—and make sure you’ve got that air conditioning appropriately cranked!
1. Karlie Kloss
Born in Chicago in 1992, Karlie Kloss is one of the few high-fashion models who was born and bred right here in the States.
2. Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls, born in American territory Puerto Rico, is consistently ranked as the #1 model in the world my Models.com.
3. Brooklyn Decker
Brooklyn Decker is perhaps the epitome of the stereotypical American bombshell: blonde, toned, tan, and with plenty of bosom. Landing the cover of the 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition solidified her role as one of America’s most wall-worthy woman.
4. Niki Taylor
Back in 1991, during Taylor’s peak, the supermodel was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” When it comes to American beauty’s though, we still think she tops the list.
5. Carolyn Murphy
Now in her mid-30s, it looks like gravity hasn’t been doing much damage to Murphy’s supermodel figure. She still looks super sexy in this skimpy white bikini.
6. Angela Lindvall
Born in Oklahoma, Lindvall is a true Midwest American gal she was discovered by an IMG talent scout at a Kansas City fashion show.
7. Bridget Hall
From her big break landing the cover of Allure in 2003, Hall has become an established beauty on the modeling scene, but what we love most about Bridget is her American roots.
8. Devon Aoki
Devon Aoki’s quirky fashion sense and rocking figure make her equally beloved by both men and women.
9. Heidi Mount
Utah-born Heidi Mount could be easily mistaken for a European beauty with her high cheekbones and gorgeous blue eyes, which is just yet another reason why we’re proud to be Americans.
10. Crystal Renn
Renn has been around in the modeling scene for quite awhile, but it was only when she embraced her curves that she struck it big. Now the curvy brunette has broken new territory with some serious crossover, posing not just for plus-size campaigns but also walking high profile runways and posing for editorials in magazines like V, Vogue, and Elle.
11. Lindsey Wixson
Since landing the Spring 2010 ad campaign for Miu Miu, Wixson quickly became a name-to-know-now.
12. Lily Aldridge
With her gorgeous features, Los Angeles-born Aldridge has some serious crossover appeal.
13. Cindy Crawford
Made famous by a certain beauty mark above her lip, Cindy Crawford is one of those models whose name (and stellar figure) never seems to get old.
14. Marisa Miller
From Victoria’s Secret to Sports Illustrated, it doesn’t get much more American than Santa Cruz-born Marisa Miller.
15. Damaris Lewis
This Brooklyn beauty isn’t just appreciated stateside for her appearances in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issues, she’s also been the face of YSL Beaut in Europe.
16. Emily Didonato
A relatively new face on the scene, DiDonato has already stripped down for plenty of editorials as well as steaming up Calvin Klein Jeans’ ad campaigns.
17. Erin Wasson
Erin Wasson has appeared in editorials appearing in V Magazine (above), but the Dallas native started from relatively humble roots.
18. Stephanie Seymour
Back in her supermodel heydey, Seymour bared all for Playboy’s March 1991 issue. Now in her 40s, Seymour’s still going strong, posing for Jason Wu last year.
19. Tori Praver
This sexy SoCal surfer girl not only looks good in her bikini, she likes to design them too!
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