22 February 2009

Linda Evangelista, b 1965, Canada


  1. Evangelista was born to Italian parents and was raised in a working-class, traditional Catholic family in St. Catharines, Ontario where she attended Denis Morris secondary school. She knew she wanted to become a model when she was 12 years old. Evangelista got into the modeling industry when she was discovered by a talent agent at the 1978 Miss Teen Niagara Contest.

    Along with Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, Evangelista is regarded as one of the few, true supermodels that changed the face of fashion in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington comprised a trio of friends that was affectionately dubbed "The Trinity" and is commonly credited as responsible for sparking supermodel mania. The Trinity pushed for better wages for models and for better projects and subsequently Evangelista was called the founder of the supermodel "union."

    “We don’t ‘vogue’; we are vogue”

    Evangelista uttered the quote, "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day" (often misquoted as: "We don't get out of bed for less than..." or "I don't get out of bed for less than...") Spoken in Vogue (1990) to Jonathan Van Meter, talking about money and how she and a few other models were calling the shots and changing the game.

    In the late 1980s, she cut all her hair off to brandish a little-boy style haircut and was promptly cancelled from all the important runway shows that season. This was the first of many dramatic hairstyle changes. Within months, she appeared on magazine covers everywhere and many women emulated the hairstyle.

    In 2007 she signed a multiple year exclusive contract with the beauty giant L'Oreal Paris.

  2. Evangelista was married to Elite executive Gerald Marie from 1987 to 1993. She has also dated actor Kyle MacLachlan (1992–1998), French football player Fabien Barthez (1998–2000), Italian oil mogul Ugo Brachetti Peretti (2003–2004), and Formula One driver Paolo Barilla (2005).

    Throughout her career, Evangelista has expressed her desire to have children. In 1999, she suffered a miscarriage after six months of pregnancy (the father was Barthez).

    To her delight, on October 11, 2006, she gave birth to a boy, Augustin James. While pregnant, Evangelista appeared on the August 2006 issue of Vogue magazine. She was the first non-actress/singer model to appear on Vogue in over a year.

    She also plays the accordion, and was a cigar smoker before she gave up smoking and drinking altogether.