One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young, very slender person having an appearance of extreme vulnerability and fragility, an excessively waiflike person; especially a particularly thin, young, or childlike fashion model of a type favoured by many designers during the mid 1990s. Frequently (and in earliest use) attributive.
1970s; earliest use found in The Chicago Tribune. From super- + waif. In later specific use after supermodel.
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