The Canadian supermodel Linda Envagelista celebrates 59 today

Linda Evangelista rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, earning the title of one of the most iconic faces in the fashion industry

The Canadian supermodel Linda Envagelista celebrates 59 today

The Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista, who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, earning the title of one of the most iconic faces in the fashion industry, was born on May 10, 1965, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Evangelista’s career took off after she was discovered by a modeling agent at the age of 16 while competing in the Miss Teen Niagara pageant. She quickly gained recognition for her striking looks, versatility, and ability to transform herself for different editorial and runway assignments.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Evangelista became a fixture on the covers of prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, working with renowned photographers like Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, and Richard Avedon. She was known for her chameleon-like ability to adapt to various styles and looks, earning her the nickname “the chameleon” within the industry.
One of Evangelista’s most notable career achievements came in 1990 when she famously declared, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” referring to the high fees demanded by top models at the time. This statement solidified her status as a fashion icon and symbolized the era of supermodels.
In addition to her work as a model, Evangelista ventured into acting, appearing in films such as “Unzipped” and “The Loss of Sexual Innocence.” She also made cameo appearances on television shows like “Sex and the City” and “Arrested Development.”
Linda Evangelista also collaborated with George Michael on one of his most iconic music videos, “Freedom! ’90.” Directed by David Fincher, the video featured Evangelista alongside other supermodels of the era, including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Tatjana Patitz. Evangelista’s presence in the video added to its star-studded allure and helped elevate it to legendary status. The song itself became a smash hit, and Evangelista’s appearance in the video further cemented her status as a fashion icon and cultural phenomenon. She later also appeared on the singer’s music video “Too Funky” in 1992.
Despite scaling back her modeling work in the early 2000s, Evangelista remains active in the fashion industry, occasionally appearing in editorial spreads and campaigns for luxury brands. She has also ventured into philanthropy, supporting causes such as breast cancer research and children’s charities.
In recent years, Evangelista has maintained a relatively low profile, focusing on her personal life and occasional fashion projects. Her impact on the fashion world and her status as one of the most iconic models of all time continue to be remembered by industry insiders and fans alike.

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