Linda Evangelista: Supermodel and Muse

People | October 5, 2012

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Linda Evangelista in black

Linda Evangelista was born to Italian emigrants in 1965 in St Catherines, Ontario, which is near Niagara Falls in Canada. She was raised as an Italian Roman Catholic, which may have caused friction with her supermodel status. 

At the age of thirteen she was talent-spotted at the Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant and later signed up by Elite Model Management. Back then models were praised for their curves and sleek, athletic figures, rather than the stick-thin models we get today, and Linda Evangelista certainly had curves; her measurements are 34-24-35.Linda Evangelista relocated first to New York City and then to Paris in order to further her modelling career, working extensively with Peter Lindbergh, a famous and well-respected photographer. It was he who advised her to have her now-iconic short haircut. She was fiercely opposed to the restyle and cried throughout it, but has since gone on the record to say it was this that made her so famous.
In 1990 Linda Evangelista spoke the phrase that is now synonymous with her face and name, and also very often misquoted. In an interview for Vogue magazine, she said of supermodels: “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000”.Linda Evangelista left modelling in 1999, after a relationship with footballer Fabien Barthez culminated in the tragedy of a stillborn baby. In 2006 she appeared on the cover of Vogue while pregnant and it later emerged that the child’s father is French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinoult. In 2012 Linda Evangelista took Pinoult to Court for child support payments, reportedly claiming $46,000 per month. They settled the matter out of Court for an undisclosed sum.
Linda Evangelista signed a multi-year deal with cosmetics giant L’Oreal and features regularly in their ad campaigns, but is perhaps most famous for being the muse of photophrapher Steven Meisel, considered one of the most successful fashion photographers in the industry. Linda Evangelista holds the record for the most covers of Vogue Italia by any one model – a staggering 32 covers. This confirms the grip that she had on the model world at the height of her fame, although it should be noted that she does still appear on covers to this day, proving that age (47) has not detracted from her beauty and charismatic personality.
Photo: Courtesy of Victor Soto

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