Monday, Apr. 02, 2012

Linda Evangelista

She's one of the five original supermodels of the late 1980s and early '90s, yet Linda Evangelista is as much a household name today as she was in her prime. As the longtime face of L'Oréal Paris and the newly rebranded Talbots, Evangelista is the type of celebrity who demands headlines — whether for her recent request for $46,000 a month in child-support payments or her famed statement "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day" in the October 1990 issue of Vogue at the peak of the supermodel era. The Canadian-born beauty began her career at the age of 18 when she was discovered at the Miss Teen Niagara pageant in 1978. She signed with Elite Model Management in New York City before moving to Paris in an attempt to catapult her career to the next level. It was her determination, along with her striking looks and fierce attitude, that helped Evangelista achieve quick success, nabbing the cover of French Vogue for the first time at the age of 22 and gracing the cover 10 more times over the course of her career. Evangelista is revered as a "chameleon of fashion" because of her noteworthy style metamorphoses and the way she transforms in front of the camera. She has walked the runway of almost every legendary designer and in doing so has become an unapologetic legend too.