In the hundred-plus years since the birth of the modern fashion magazine, it’s safe to say the definition of American beauty has expanded. And, yet, every so often, a model appears on the scene that captures the country’s collective imagination. Distilling all the values of a particular time and place into one willowy, superhuman frame, these women serve as both muse and marker for their generation. What would the 1950s be, after all, without the immaculate sangfroid of Dovima—a New York City–born beauty with the face of an aristocrat that, as the modeling agent Eileen Ford once put it, “looked like she could freeze ice.” The sixties ushered in a wave idiosyncratic ingenues culminating with Marisa Berenson, whose tawny skin and liberated good looks would go on to epitomize the jet-set bohemianism of the 1970s alongside glamorous late-era superstars Jerry Hall and Pat Cleveland. The eighties were all about the healthy athleticism and wholesome voluptuousness that would come to characterize the world’s idea of American beauty. That, combined with an instantly recognizable signature—Brooke Shields’s brows! Cindy Crawford’s mole!—were what would eventually give rise to the nineties supermodel. The California-born Christy Turlington laid claim to that title. Then came Pennsylvania-bred Kristen McMenamy, who, with her fearless spirit, shaved brows, and androgynous good looks, wiped the slate clean for a less conventional kind of beauty. In more recent years, a string of new faces have charmed and captivated us once again. A few of our favorites: Karlie Kloss, Kate Upton, and Joan Smalls (who hails from the commonwealth of Puerto Rico). Made in the USA has never looked so good. Here, a look at our favorite American beauties throughout the years.