Models From The ’80s Unite For A Good Cause | Houston , Texas | My San Antonio
Born in northern California, her childhood was filled with welfare offices and transient homes.
“At times we didn’t have enough food to eat,” said Davis, a former 1980s fashion model who founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit organization to address water deprivation among the nation’s homeless. “When you’re homeless and you’re poor, you feel like you don’t belong anywhere. It really erodes at your self-esteem.”
At age 16, Davis was discovered by a modeling agent and moved to Paris to begin a career working for fashion magazines and designers in Europe, ultimately living in New York. She also was featured in a host of TV commercials.
She now lives in Houston with her husband, Gregg, and their children, and recently brought together former 1980s fashion modeling icons, including Cheryl Tiegs, Kim Alexis and Houston native Kelly Emberg to support the I Am Waters effort in a national campaign.
Many of these icons of the 1980s have long left their modeling days to start families and businesses and participate in charitable causes. Harper’s Bazaar features models from the 1980s in its May issue.
“Being in the fashion industry for so long, I understand how images impact people,” Davis said. “Modeling taught me that, so that I can help others.”
Her face still is as recognizable as it was when she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in the 1970s and ’80s.
For Tiegs, modeling took her from her Minnesota roots to a life of world travel, money and opportunity.
She says the perks of the business were grand, but giving back is another benefit.
“Isn’t that the whole point?” she said. “We worked hard, climbed the ladder of success. It’s our duty and responsibility to give back. Otherwise, what’s it all for?”