Linda Evangelista ( [evandZe’lista] born on May 10 1965) is a Canadian fashion model and one of Canada’s most famous supermodels of the 1990s. She is considered to be an extremely successful as well as influential model of the past and has appeared on more than 700 covers of magazines. The most well-known thing about Evangelista is being the long-time “muse” of photographer Steven Meisel and being the first person to coin”the expression “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” She is the only person to have a record of her many photo shoots for the covers of Vogue Italia, all of which were shot by Meisel.
The career of model Evangelista started in 1984, when she joined Elite Model Management after having relocated from Canada into New York City. Following the suggestion from photographer Peter Lindbergh, Evangelista had her hair cut in 1988. The haircut, dubbed “The Linda”, not only generated a lot of copies around the world however, it also helped her career and brought into the era that was the style of supermodel.
The “chameleon” of the fashion industry, and an important figure in the supermodels of five, Evangelista was one of the most well-known women of the world in the latter part of the 1980s, and through the 1990s. Contrary to her peers she decided to not explore other avenues of business other than modeling. She resigned from her modeling career in 1998, and then made her return after three years, however, this time only working intermittently. Her modeling achievements earned her the honor of being voted to be “The Greatest Supermodel of All Time” by viewers of the TV Show the Fashion File in the year 2008.
Childhood and early life
Evangelista was born the 10th of May 1965 to Italian people of Pignataro Interamna. Being the third in a family of 3 children Evangelista lived in an upper-middle class, Roman Catholic household in the city she was born in, St. Catharines, Ontario in Canada, where she was a student at Denis Morris Catholic High School. The father of her, Tomaso was employed by General Motors, and died on the 17th of January 14th, 2014. His mother, Marisa, was a bookkeeper. The Evangelista took a self-improvement class in a modelling academy at 12 years old where she was taught aspects like poise and etiquette as well as being recommended to take a modeling course.
As a teenager, she began to model local in the town she grew up in. When she was in 1981, she competed at an Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant. Although she didn’t be crowned Miss Teen Niagara however, her appearance was noticed by an official of Elite Model Management.
At 16 years old at the time, she took a flight to Japan to model in Japan However, an unpleasant incident involving nakedness in a project caused her to consider stopping modeling altogether. After returning home, she returned to Canada and a further two years passed when she decided that she wanted to attempt to model again.
1984-87: Beginnings and successes
Evangelista relocated from New York City in 1984 when she signed with Elite and met the famous modeling agency John Casablancas, who compared her appearance to fashion model Joan Severance. Elite then transferred Evangelista to Paris which is where she started her international fashion career when she was 19. The first major cover for a fashion magazine was in The November issue in 1984 of The Officiel. In the following months, she would go to appear on covers and pages of several international magazines, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Elle, W, Marie Claire, Allure, Time, Interview, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Cigar Aficionado and i-D. The total is of 700 covers around the world.
When she was in 1985, she began her work together with Karl Lagerfeld, the head designer of fashion house Chanel and to whom she would be a model. In relation to Evangelista, Lagerfeld once uttered, “There is not another model in the world as professional as she is.” Additionally, Evangelista became one of the first models for editorial to cross over into runway modeling. She was also an inspiration to legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace, with who her first appearance was in advertising ads in the year 1987. Alongside her work with Versace as well as Lagerfeld, Evangelista also modelled for other fashion labels including Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaia, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani, Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, Donna Karan, Jil Sander, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, Isaac Mizrahi, Escada, Calvin Klein, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara, Perry Ellis, Chloe, Comme des Garcons, Bill Blass as well as Herve Leger. She has also represented a wide range of non-fashion brands, such as Visa, American Express, Pizza Hut, De Beers along with Elizabeth Arden.
The year 1986 was when Evangelista was introduced to photographer Steven Meisel, with whom she formed a relationship. From then on they began working on a variety of professional collaborations. Evangelista was Meisel’s model in the process. Beginning in 1987, Evangelista began appearing to appear in commercials and ads in Revlon’s “The Most Unforgettable Women in the World” campaign that was shot by Richard Avedon. She was also photographed by Peter Lindbergh, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Gian Paolo Barbieri Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi, Norman Parkinson, Arthur Elgort, Gilles Bensimon, Ellen von Unwerth, Sante D’Orazio along with Nick Knight among others.
The Supermodel Era from 1988 to 1992
This was Lindbergh who was the one who, in autumn 1988 she suggested to Evangelista to cut her hair in a shorter length after seeing her experiment with the shortest wig she could for the photoshoot. In the end, she received the short gamine cut by the French hair stylist Julien d’Ys. The next day she got photographed by Lindbergh and the result was the now famous photograph called “the white shirt picture”. The haircut at first was not well-liked by the fashion industry and Evangelista was removed in 16 of the fashion events. However, by season of spring 1989, her hairstyle was the style that was trending. The haircut was known by the name of “The Linda”, and it was the inspiration behind the creation of a wig dubbed “The Evangelista”. Many famous women wished to imitate the style. They included Demi Moore who wore the cut on the set of 1990’s film Ghost and Susan Sullivan from the television show Falcon Crest. There is a rumor that Evangelista she had “the world’s most famous haircut turned her from an averagely in-demand top model to an insanely in-demand, only-Linda-will-do top model, so sensationally successful that the word ‘supermodel’ had to be coined to describe her”.
Evangelista was dubbed among the supermodels the group of model stars who achieved the heights of their careers in the latter half of the 1980s and into the early 1990s. Supermodels were thought to be more famous than many singers and actresses at the time. Furthermore, Evangelista, along with Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell made up a trio of women who were called “The Trinity”. Together, they were Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz on the cover of Jan. 1990’s issue British Vogue, that was shot by Lindbergh. The cover was claimed to be the one that “defined the supermodel era”. When they saw the cover, artist George Michael chose to cast the five models in his video music video for his hit song, “Freedom! ’90” where they sung the lyrics of the track. In the month of May, Evangelista was chosen as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People. Also, she appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she was jury member for the Elite Model Search contest, and selected Leslie Bibb as the winner and later on became an actor.
We’re a couple, Christy with me. We don’t get up with less than $10,000 per day.
— The famous quote of Evangelista from
Vogue’s October 1990 issue
In an interview published in the October magazine Vogue, she said that “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” This quote is now considered to be the most famous line in the history of modeling and is called “the ‘Let them eat cake’ of the 20th century”. In October of 1990, Evangelista stunned the fashion world by having her hair stylist Oribe dye her naturally brown locks platinum blonde. A few months later she had her hair dyed in a stunning shade of red referred to as “technicolor red”. Through the entirety of her modeling profession, she was often referred as fashion’s “chameleon” for the way she was constantly reinventing her hairstyles with different styles and ever-changing hair colors that influenced hairstyles. Regarding her appearance she was compared with Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, and Gina Lollobrigida.
In 1991, there was speculation that designer Lanvin paid the model Evangelista $20,000 for her participation during their haute couture fashion show during the summer/spring season which was considered to be exorbitant. The male model Tyson Beckford recounted in an interview that Evangelista played a key role in obtaining better rates for models. In April, Evangelista renounced her runway fee in an act of solidarity for Anna Sui’s first fashion collection and instead accepted clothes as a form of payment. The following month she was a guest at Valentino’s 30th Anniversary Gala in Rome, Italy along with Meisel. The month of September, 1991 the magazine Time featured an article about the supermodels. In the next month in an article in Vogue Fashion journalist Suzy Menkes declared Evangelista to be “the world’s star model”. The model then appeared in the film Models: The Movie produced by Lindbergh. A segment on House of Style on the MTV program House of Style was devoted to Evangelista that was shot in Paris.
In the second half of 1991, and through the year, Evangelista was featured on various billboards of the brand of fashion Kenar situated in the middle of Times Square. The billboards were created in combination in conjunction with Ads Against AIDS, which was a program created in the industry of advertising in order to increase awareness about the need to fight the disease. The most talked-about and controversial of the billboards was the one that featured Evangelista sitting among seven elderly Sicilian women. The image, later called “Beauty and the Seven Beasts” by Richard Johnson in the New York Post, featured a negative image of Italian women. However the limited edition prints of the image were offered at a price of $1,000 each, to raise funds for Ads Against AIDS. Additionally, the photo was selected as one of “20 most important fashion photographs ever” by the International Center of Photography. Kenneth Zimmerman, president of Kenar, commented on Evangelista, “She has increased our sales dramatically.” He also added “Linda was our Michael Jordan. We chose her because we wanted a star, and of the four or five star models, she is number one.”
The month of April, 1992 saw Evangelista along with other model supermodels were featured on their cover for the issue celebrating 100 years of Vogue The issue is still the magazine’s most popular issue. Then, she appeared on the music video for George Michael’s “Too Funky” song, where she satirized her modeling persona. The month of July, 1992 she appeared on the front cover of Canadian style publication Flare it was a magazine celebrating Canada’s 125 years of being the nation. The magazine also claimed that she was the one to be the one to have initiated the trend towards slim eyebrows, which coincided with the rise of the Neo-Hippie fashion style in the autumn of 1992. The cover she wore for the October 1992 edition of Harper’s Bazaar is considered to be “iconic”, and it was ranked 9th in the American Society of Magazine Editors List of the “Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years” in 2005. In the latter part of 1992 Her name became immortalized by RuPaul’s hit song “Supermodel (You Better Work)”.
1993-1998: The last years
Evangelista was the talk of the town in 1993 when she went to Australia together with Claudia Schiffer for a 5-day tour that included a press conference as well as an on-air fashion show in conjunction with the grand opening ceremony of an department store.
In October 1994 Evangelista was one of the models featured on the cover of Vogue Italia‘s 30th anniversary issue. Then, she appeared on the screen in “Pret-a-Porter”. In 1995, hair stylist Garren from New York changed Evangelista’s look by giving her an asymmetrical hairstyle like the hairstyles popular in the 1960s. In the year she also took to take part in Thierry Mugler’s 20th Anniversary fashion showcase. Evangelista then signed an endorsement agreement with Clairol that was worth more than $5 million. Also, she was a part of Unzipped, a fashion-related documentary. “Unzipped. She was also an announcer during Miss World 1995. Miss World 1995 competition.
in 1996 Evangelista appeared as one of the characters in Lindbergh’s novel Ten Women which featured on the cover she was featured. Also, she was featured as a model in the film Catwalk. She also was one of the models for cover in the debut editions of Vogue Taiwan and Vogue Korea. In addition, she was offered an $7.75 million deal with Yardley from London. In the end she made the decision to quit modelling in 1998, and decided to settle in an island on the French Riviera, where she continued to work for the following two years.
2001-present The return
The year 2001 was the time Evangelista returned to modelling and made an appearance as the front cover model of September’s edition of Vogue. In 2001, she contributed in the revival of the “What Becomes a Legend Most?” advertisement campaign for Blackglama furs that had not been seen for more than six years. Rocco Laspata who was the photographer for the campaign said that Evangelista was “the Maria Callas of modeling”. In 2002, she was featured in an advertising campaign for Versace’s fall/winter line. In the following time, the model was on the runways of fashion in the form of a model in the shoes of Versace along with Dolce & Gabbana. In addition, she walked out of Chanel’s fall/winter 2003 haute-couture show in white wedding dresses. She was featured in spring/summer ads in each of NARS Cosmetics and Fendi. She also modelled the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier’s first line at Hermes. This summer she was included in Ann Taylor’s fiftyth birthday campaign, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz.
The year 2006 was the first time Evangelista made the cover for the publication In Vogue the Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine alongside Model Kristen McMenamy, photographed by Meisel. In the month of August, Evangelista made the cover of Vogue which made her the first model to be featured on the cover of the magazine for more than one year. The final runway appearance came in 2007, when she took part on the 60th anniversary of the fashion event for the Christian Dior brand. The following year she was awarded a multi-year exclusive deal as the brand’s ambassador the giant of cosmetics L’Oreal Paris.
In May 2008 she was spotted in the Cannes film festival, where she took photos for cameras in the red carpet with other beautiful Aishwarya Rai. Evangelista was taken by photographer Meisel in the Prada autumn/winter campaign for 2008. She was also featured in the September Issue of Vanity Fair for an article on the supermodels, titled “A League of Their Own”. In 2009 the Metropolitan Museum of Art held an exhibit titled “The Model As Muse Embodying Fashion that honored a variety of fashion models, including Evangelista as well as being featured on the cover of the book that was published in conjunction with the exhibition. In 2010, she was selected to be the face of the advertising campaign for the new Talbots brand.
Evangelista has been taken by Lagerfeld for Chanel’s spring 2012 eyewear campaign.
Then, in May of 2012 she went to in the Met Gala as the special guest of Miuccia Prada, the creative director of the Prada brand who was recognized during the event. The same the same month Evangelista featured on the cover Vogue Italia after an absence of three years from the publication. The magazine then included her within the publication Vogue the Editor’s eye as one of the fashion’s models-muses. In November, she appeared featured on the cover of the year-long anniversary edition of The Fashion magazine. The following month it was announced that the Spanish fashion label Loewe selected her to represent its latest scent Aura.
She was in town for the June 2013 awards show. was a guest at in June 2013 the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony, at which she awarded the fashion writer Tim Blanks with the Media Award. She was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for the cover of July 2013 issue of Vogue Germany, in which she was styled to resemble a vintage actress Anna Magnani. She also was photographed with the pet of Lagerfeld’s Choupette. Additionally, that month she appeared appearing on the cover Vogue Italia for the issue which celebrated its 25th year anniversary Franca Sozzani’s reign as editor-in-chief of the magazine.
The year 2014 was the first time Evangelista appeared at White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She was featured as a model in the winter/fall 2014 advertising campaign of the fashion label Moschino which was shot by Meisel. She was also among many models featured that graced the front cover of Vogue Japan’s September issue of 2014, which was the publication’s 15th anniversary. She was also featured on the cover of September’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar, that was called “Harper’s biggest ever”. In addition she was among fifty models featured on the cover of September 2014 issue of Vogue Italia, the magazine’s 50th anniversary issue. Evangelista remains the record holder of the highest number Vogue Italia covers. The magazine also chose her to represent Dolce & Gabriel’s new makeup line. It was announced in October of 2014 that Evangelista would be a guest judge on the revealed that Evangelista had been selected as an expert judge for the 9th season of the reality TV show the Australian’s Next Top Model.
Evangelista was selected by Canadian department retailer Hudson’s Bay as the face of its spring 2015 campaign of its luxury clothing department called The Room. The campaign was shot with Pamela Hanson. In June 2015 Evangelista was chairperson for the FiFi Awards, where she handed out awards for ladies’ and men’s premium fragrances that year. In October of 2015 Evangelista was featured on the cover of a publication that showcased the work of the hat creator Philip Treacy titled Philip Treacy: Hat Designer. The photograph on the cover of Evangelista was described by Treacy as “the most precious thing I own”. In September, Evangelista was featured in the Moschino campaign to promote their latest scent, Fresh which was shot by Meisel.
To commemorate celebrating the centennial of British Vogue, an image of Evangelista was taken in the year 1991. It was selected as the cover photo for the publication Vogue 100: A Century of Style, published in February of this year. In April of this year, Evangelista appeared on the cover of Zoo Magazine’s 50th issue. The photo was taken by her friend and singer Bryan Adams. In the same month Evangelista was featured on the front cover of the publication The Age of the Supermodel, that features photos of photographer Donna DeMari during the haute couture fashion shows that were held in Paris during 1991. The fashion stylist was Evangelista in a photo spread entitled “A Model Journey” in the September 2016 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which was based off her first years as model. In September of 2016, Evangelista reunited with Turlington and Campbell for an advertisement to raise money for the Elephant Crisis Fund. In November of 2016, Evangelista was named Creative Director and Vice President of the Erasa Skin Care brand.
Twenty-five years later, Evangelista’s statement regarding the $10,000 a day is still mentioned throughout the news media. even being quoted in July 2017. The singer herself has stated, “I saw a movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and there’s a line in it where Brad Pitt says he won’t get out of bed for less than half a million dollars. That’s my line! Only now it’s a half million and it’s a man saying it.” In the past, a variety of T-shirts with the quote “10,000 a day” were sold, and there’s even a pillow with the phrase. In the G Hotel is located in Galway, Ireland, includes an executive suite named in honor of Evangelista as well as the interiors created by Treacy. In the September issue, 1991 of Vogue included the photo spread “Wild At Heart” that included Evangelista and was shot by Lindbergh. One of the photos from the spread is referred to by the name of “The Wild Ones”, and a platinum-palladium-printed copy of the photograph was auctioned at a Sotheby’s auction , fetching more than $30,000. The picture was auctioned off in October 2012. photo taken by Evangelista and McMenamy that was shot by Meisel for Vogue’s October 1992 issue was auctioned off at an Phillips auction, which cost $86,500. In May of 2016, a photograph from 1988 of Evangelista along with five other models taken by Lindbergh was auctioned off at auction at Sotheby’s Auction for $118,462. A photograph taken in 1996 of Evangelista is called “Linda Kissing Linda”, that was first featured in an Kenar advert, has been picked from the Guggenheim Museum as “an example of the epitome of androgyny”.
Even into our 21st century Evangelista is still an influencer to others. Because of her skills as a model , as and her own image, Evangelista is referred to by many women as either an inspiration or beauty model. They include Victoria Beckham, Martha Stewart as well as models Candice Swanepoel Kylie Bax, Kendall Jenner and Elsa Benitez, model-turned-actress Angie Harmon as well as singer Rihanna.
In the past and in today, Evangelista has drawn praise and accolades from a lot of the world’s top fashion designers. For as Treacy regards her, “Linda is the ultimate model of the past 50 years”. Lagerfeld was once said that Evangelista to be “the most famous of all” and said she was “the best model in the world”. His reason was “Because she’s a true model, pure and simple. She doesn’t pretend or aspire to do anything else. She’s just brilliant at what she does.” Designer Stefano Gabbana said of Evangelista, “Linda is the model. If you talk about models of the sixties and seventies, the first name is Veruschka. In the eighties and nineties, it’s Linda.” David Bonnouvrier, one of the founding members of DNA Model Management said, “Linda is the model of all time, to its strictest definition. She could be out of a Cecil Beaton picture, she could be out of a Guy Bourdin picture.” Sozzani who is the editor-in chief for Vogue Italia, recalls receiving messages from readers who were concerned regarding “what would happen to the magazine if Linda got sick. Because it was all about Linda Evangelista. Her face had the most possibilities.” Sozzani added “For me, she is the model, not only for her beauty, but her attitude, her intelligence.”
Meisel the photographer, who Evangelista has been the “muse”, considers her “extraordinarily photogenic”. The fashion designer John Galliano has said that “inspiration hasn’t been the same without her. She is an enormous influence on all the photographers and stylists.” in his autobiography “Face Forward former makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin said about Evangelista, “I first worked with Linda in the early eighties and have yet to meet another model who was more involved in every aspect of her work. Her specialties were knowing what was best for her hair, makeup, styling, and lighting — and Linda was always right. It was mind-boggling. Many of the unforgettable images of this haunting beauty were, in great degree, due to her involvement.” This sentiment was is echoed by fashion designer Paul Cavaco who described Evangelista as “the greatest collaborator of all time.”
Evangelista was called “the supermodel’s supermodel” by Marcus Chang of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Based on Shane Watson of The Evening Standard, “Of all the supermodels, Linda was most responsible for elevating the job into an art form, pushing up the fees, piling on the expectations and generally ensuring that by the end of the Eighties the world of the top model had become as lucrative, glamorous and shrouded in enigma as that of the Hollywood star”, an assertion that perhaps best conveys the importance of Evangelista’s contribution to the world.
Awards and recognition for activism
Evangelista is an advocate for HIV/AIDS research and awareness and also for breast cancer awareness and research. She was among the most prominent figures of the Viva Glam campaign for the Mac AIDS Fund. In October of 2013 she hosted of amfAR’s inaugural Inspiration Gala in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Evangelista Foundation also has a relationship with her organization, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and is a vocal advocate for LGBT issues.
In 1996 she was the recipient the VH1 Fashion Awards Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented to her with the help of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue. Then, in June of 2003 she was presented with the honor of being a star at the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto. The year 2005 saw her recognized in the category of the World Fashion Icon by the Women’s World Awards in Leipzig, Germany. On March 28, 2008, she received the honor of being voted for the title of “The Greatest Supermodel of All Time” in a viewers poll conducted for The CBC Television show Fashion File.
When she was in 1987 Evangelista got married in 1987 to Gerald Marie who was the director the Elite Model Management’s Paris office. They separated in the year 1993. She was also involved with the actor Kyle MacLachlan, whom she first met during a photoshoot with Barneys New York in 1992. The couple was engaged in 1995, but they fell out in 1998. In the following years, she was a mate with French footballer Fabien Barthez. She fell pregnant but had a miscarriage at the age of six months pregnancy. The couple broke up around the year 2000, but reunited in 2001, but they officially broke up in 2002.
Child support case
In October of 2006, Evangelista gave birth to a sonnamed Augustin James. He refused to reveal his biological father’s name and sparked rumors. Pregnant, she was featured on the cover of August 2006 in Vogue. In June of 2011 Evangelista filed court papers which revealed that she was the mother of her baby son by billionaire Frenchman Francois-Henri pinault who at the time was the spouse of the actress Salma Hayek, and who she had been dating for four months in the latter part of 2005 and in early the year. After several court appearances that were aimed to establish a child support agreement On August 1, the 1st of August, Evangelista officially filed for a child support request within the Manhattan Family Court, seeking the amount of $46,000 per month in payment from Pinault. According to reports, the amount, if approved “would probably be the largest support order in the history of the family court”. The widely-publicized child support trial began the 3rd of May, 2012 and included testimony from Pinault and Evangelista and Evangelista’s lawyer asserting that Pinault was never a supporter of the child. A few days after the trial in May 7 2012 Evangelista and Pinault reached an out of court settlement.
In a 1997 interview Evangelista stated that she was a Roman Catholic and that her most loved bible was Bible.