Fab, Fearless Females: Cheryl Tiegs

Cheryl Tiegs

By: Honey Good

I saw a picture of this beautiful and bright woman last week on the Internet. The sight of her standing in a bikini piqued my fancy to investigate this woman and to bring her career to life for you, darlings. I wanted to know: How was she discovered? What is her age? What is her life style today? How has she continued to maintain her status?

She was born September 25, 1947 (age sixty-eight) in Minnesota but did not remain a Midwesterner for long. Her family moved to California when she was age five; she was raised in Alhambra, California where she appeared in her first bathing suit ad for the bathing suit company, Cole of California as a senior in high school. She appeared in Seventeen and her career as a model was launched when the editors of Glamour saw the Cole ad. They booked her to do her first shoot with Ali MacGraw.

She made the covers of Elle, Seventeen, and subsequently Vogue and Bazaar and several Sports Illustrated issues. She raised her profile in 1978 at age thirty-one when she posed in a fishnet bathing suit! Remember?

She was the “All American Model” on the Time Magazine cover and then signed with Cover Girl cosmetics, her biggest contract at a reported $1.5 million. She was included in People’s 2008, 50 most beautiful people and in 2001 at age fifty-four she was the model that broke the age barrier when she posed in a bikini for the cover of More magazine.

Her personal life is just as exciting. She married Peter Beard, a photographer in 1978; traveling with him to Kenya to investigate widespread destruction of African wildlife. Their journey to Africa was documented in an Emmy-winning episode titled “Africa: End of the Game." Later, Look Magazine ran a cover story titled “Cheryl Tiegs: The New African Queen.

Cheryl Tiegs

In 1980 Sears launched her signature line and collected 1 billion in sales using the Cheryl Tieg’s brand. It was said her brand helped turn the company around. In 1995 she established Cheryl Tiegs Sportswear which sold exclusively on QVC. Her wigs and hair accessories were developed for Revlon.

She has appeared on television shows, travel adventure series, Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz Show and has film credits to her name.

She is the spokeswoman for Renewal: a program created by Deepak Chopra that offers advice on healthy lifestyle changes for women in transition.

I am happy to write that Cheryl Tiegs has given back philanthropically. She serves on the Board of Directors of C.O.A.C.H for Kids and the Earth Conservation Corps. She is a spokeswoman for City of Hope and an Ambassador for the International Planned Parenthood Foundation. She is an activist for global warming, environmental programs and supports Macula Vision Research Foundation and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation.

She was married four times. Stan Dragoti (1970-79), Photographer Peter Beard (1981-1983), Anthony Peck (1990-1994) and Rod Stryker (1998-2001). She has three sons.

She has had an extremely successful professional life that fanned out into many arenas. Not so with her personal life. Unfortunately, I suppose ‘you can’t have it all.’

Do something GOOD today: Walk tall, think good thoughts and just simply be…

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Cheryl Tiegs