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Linda Evangelista was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada to Italian parents. She was raised in a traditional, working-class Catholic family. Miss Evangelista went to Denis Morris secondary school. Ever since she was 12 years old, Linda has always wanted to become a model. This lucky blue eyed beauty finally started her modeling career when she was spotted by a scout at the Miss Teen Niagara Contest in the year 1978.

Linda Evangelista

Linda Evalengista and her Meteoric Rise

After signing a contract with Elite Model management in New York, Linda Evangelista decided to live in New York City since it is closer to work. Later on, this beautiful Catholic girl moved to the fashion mecca of the world –Paris to pursue more in her career as a model.

An established prima donna, Evangelista uttered the words “We don’t wake up for less than $10, 000 a day.” Something that has stayed on the industry and haunted younger models even until today; Miss Evangelista said that in a Vogue photo shoot to Jonathan Van meter when they were talking about money and how she, according to her, were calling the shots along with other models.

In the 80s, she shocked the fashion world by cutting her beautiful locks to a brandish boy cut style. All her bookings were cancelled at the time because of her new but unflattering hairstyle.

Linda Evangelista was one of the hottest high-fashion supermodels in the 1980s and ‘90s. She frequented the covers of leading fashion magazines such as Harper’s bazaar and Vogue. This blue eyed beauty’s corporate clients includes Clairol and cosmetics giant Mac.

Revered as the supermodel for supermodels, Linda Evangelista would gladly jump out of a window for just to get a perfect photo. She is very passionate about her work. Her special gift is that she creates a new persona in every photo shoot –making every picture of her always one of a kind. 

Why is Evangelista as special as all of her photos? Her conviction to pose in front of the camera is unrivaled. Her charisma enabled the supermodel to lengthen her career as a model not minding the boundaries of the profession.

No one will ever rival this legendary supermodel. After a decade she is still up and running and still reigning as one of the greatest supermodels in the fashion industry.

Up Close and Personal with Linda

Linda Evangelista’s big break came in 1994 when she became the official face for Guy Laroche and Nina Ricci. She and the fiancé Gerald Marie gets married three years later. After a month of lying low, Linda went back to work and graced the cover of Vogue Paris.

In 1988, after cutting her hair into a boy cut she is idolized by women around the world and followed the trend of cutting their locks. By 1989, Evangelista becomes the official face for Versace.

She appeared in magazine after magazine and rocked the ramps for many years until Evangelista experienced a down time in her life when she and husband Gerald Marie divorced in the year 1992.

The fierce beauty known for her unorthodox comments has a very soft spot for dogs. In fact she has four pet dogs named Coco, Willow Flower, Willy, and Enzo. She received a lifetime achievement award during the 1997 VH1 Fashion Awards.

In 1989, she ranked number 2 after Cindy Crawford in MTV’s House of Style.
When Linda Evangelista got discovered by an agent she was in a beauty contest for Miss Teen Niagra. She won the heart of the scout but she lost in the said competition. Linda Evangelista got her revenge though after she reached supermodel status.

In the year 1990, the supermodel was named as one of the most beautiful people in the world by People magazine.  Two years later she met Kyle MacLachlan at Barney’s New York and the two began dating that same year. It was also that year when she and husband Gerald Marie were divorced.

She and the actor were engaged two years later. Unfortunately, things did not work out between the two and they went their separate ways in the year 1998.

Linda has always been very fashion-forward; apart from changing her hair to a boy cut she has also changed her hair color to more than twelve times.

The Italian beauty’s dad, brother and uncle work for General Motors while she and cousin Vanessa Evangelista are of course into modeling.

She gave birth to her son Augustin James Evangelista on October 11, 2006. Augustin’s dad was never named even until today but is said to be an architect from New York City. Whoever he is, he and Miss Evangelista have a beautiful little boy.

Two years after Augustin’s birth, model mom Linda Evangelista received the World Style Award in Leipzig, Germany.

Linda Evangelista is one of the five greatest supermodels of all time. The others include Christy Turlington,  Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer,and Cindy Crawford.

Linda’s personality however rose above the rest because she was not nice most of the time among her most famous quotes “It was God who made me so beautiful. If I weren’t, then I’d be a teacher.”

The most famous of all her quotes however is “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10, 000 a day,” – a quote that still haunts her until today.

Other Quotes from Linda Evangelista

‘I don’t diet. I just don’t eat as much as I’d like to.”

“People think modeling’s mindless, that you just stand there and pose, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I like to have a lot of input. I know how to wear a dress, whether it should be shot with me standing or sitting.”

In 2005, in defense of herself for her $10, 000 statement Linda said, “I can’t stand the way this follows me around. I said it a long time ago, and I hope today I am a different person. Now I get out of bed for a much better reason. I’m part of a team that raises millions of dollars and raises awareness of HIV and AIDS all over the world.”

Linda Evangelista is now a retired model apart from the casual invites to walk the runways of high fashion houses or to grace the cover of leading fashion mags. She is now an activist and has proved to be more mature than the girl who uttered that infamous $10,000 statement.



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