Linda Evangelista


Small Town Girl

It all began in the Canadian town of St. Catharines, Ontario. Born to Italian parents, Linda had a modest upbringing with strong boundaries. It was the very place that she knew and loved as a child that introduced her to the world of fashion, starting with a few simple modelling classes. It was the first step in her journey, at just sixteen years of age. She was soon selected by an agency to work in Japan over the summer, but she remembers the experience as a bit of a shock and an all round catastrophe. “They wanted me to take my clothes off and shoot me naked. It was a nightmare and I panicked and basically the Canadian Embassy helped me out,” she recounted to Interview magazine. The trip would have deterred her from following her passion completely if her modelling agency hadn’t insisted on entering her into Miss Teen Niagara Pageant. It was there that she started to make a name for herself, captivating facehunter’s with her irresistible charm and classic beauty.

Next Steps

The most logical step was to move to New York, to be at the heart of the fashion industry and just a step away from a sea of contracts. Yet, the big apple only kept her for around a month. With few offers stateside, Elite agency sent her to Paris, along with a group of similar models. Whilst there was no overnight success, over her first three years there she was able to work on numerous catalogues and editorials. She kept focused with her feet firmly planted on the ground. The secret to her success was being content with where she was at, she had never dreamed of being featured by the likes of Vogue or Versace. Little by little, her drive and hard work paid off, getting her noticed on the fashion scene. It was at this point that she moved back to America, returning to the city that never sleeps to build upon this strong foundation. She worked with rising photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, and Norman Parkinson, creating iconic artworks that shaped a generation. Her work mixes elegance with energy, embracing old school techniques in a completely modern environment.

The Dream

Today, Linda has created a harmonious balance in her life. She still enjoys working, but is not a slave to the system. Today, with all of the hardest work behind her, she can dip in and out of jobs as she pleases. With the confidence to decide whether an opportunity is right for her or not, she is able to shape her career, extending it far beyond the average for models of a similar calibre. The arrival of her son, Augustin James, shifted her focus tocompletely concentrate on motherhood as she raises him to appreciate the beauty in everyday life.

Short Facts


The model has never been afraid to follow her own direction, using her talent to do good in the world. She is an activist for HIV and AIDS research, as well as featuring in endless galas to fundraise for worthy causes.


Linda’s defined bone structure and soft features make her perfect for advertising and beauty campaigns; a strength that she often played with whilst working with emerging photographers.


Evangelista was once famously quoted in a Vogue interview for stating, “We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” It was a phrase that she later found hard to live down as her priorities changed throughout her career.


1965 - Italian Traditions

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, to Italian parents. Her family provided strong boundaries, giving her a strong sense of discipline and drive from an early age.

1981 - Beauty Queen

She took her first modelling course, signing up for a beauty pageant in the local area. It was here that she began to take a keen interest in the fashion world.

1984 - Elite

Linda moved to New York for work, but didn’t find all that she had hoped for. She was soon signed up with Elite models, and they moved her to Paris to embark on a high fashion career at the age of 19. She began working with the likes of Chanel and Versace, as well as being featured on the covers of Vogue.

1988 - A Supermodel

Her supermodel era began, becoming one of the famous five. A short cropped hairstyle made her stand out from the crowd, starting her own micro trends.

1994 - Model Business

Linda featured on the cover of Vogue Italia’s 30th anniversary issue as well as landing a large endorsement deal with Clairol later that decade.

2006 - Baby Boy

Her son Augustin James was born to the French businessman François-Henri Pinault


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