Linda Evangelista, a Canadian fashion model and a top supermodel of the 1990s, is well-known for her fabulous presence on the ramp and the magazines’ covers. She is considered one of the most talented and leading models of all time.
She has appeared on the covers of over 700 magazines. Evangelista had been a muse of photographer Steven Meisel. She was well-known for the phrase “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day”. She has appeared on the Vogue Italia cover a record number of times, all photographed by Meisel.
On May 10, 1965, Evangelista was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, to Tomaso (father) and Marisa (mother). They were Italian immigrants from PignataroInteramna, a town, and commune in Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. She was the second child among three children in the family.
She opened her eyes to a working-class family. Her family was a Roman Catholic household, so she was sent to Denis Morris Catholic High School to study. Her father worked as an employee at General Motors and died on January 17, 2014. Her mother was a bookkeeper. Evangelista took self-enhancement training in a modeling school at the age of 12. There she learned etiquette and basic poses. The school advised her of a modeling course.
Evangelista started modeling locally in her teen years. In 1981, she participated in the Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant. Though she did not win the pageant title, she did catch the attention of a representative from Elite Model Management.
Her first international modeling consignment was in Japan at the age of 16. A terrible experience (nudity during an assignment) left her with a sour taste, and she decided to quit modeling altogether. She came back to her hometown in Canada and did not model for two years. After these two years, she gave her career a second thought and entered the field again.
Evangelista married the head of Elite Model Management Paris, Gérald Marie, in 1987. In 1993 they got divorced. Then she dated actor Kyle MacLachlan. They first met on a photoshoot for Barneys New York in 1992. They got engaged in 1995 but eventually broke up in 1998.
Later, she dated French football player Fabien Barthez. She conceived his baby but miscarried six months into the pregnancy. They broke up in 2000 and reunited in 2001. They officially ended their relationship in 2002.
Evangelista moved from her native country Canada to New York City, USA, to pursue her passion for modeling. She began her modeling career in 1984 when she signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management.
In 1988, photographer Peter Lindbergh suggested Evangelista cut her hair short. Her haircut got famous by the name “The Linda” worldwide. This haircut got her much-needed fame, and her modeling career peaked as a result.
She was a key figure among the top five supermodels. She was widely known as the “chameleon” of the fashion industry because she never sticks to a particular style. She keeps on changing her looks. That is why brands love her.
Evangelista was regarded as one of the most famous women in the world from the late 1980s and 1990s. Though it has always been a trend for models to switch careers with time, Evangelista did not venture outside modeling. She said goodbye to modeling in 1998. She made a comeback again three years later, but only to work now and then. In 2008, viewers of a TV show, “Fashion Files,” voted her “The Greatest Supermodel of All Time.”
Child Support Case
In October 2006, Evangelista was blessed with a baby boy, Augustin James, whose father’s name she did not reveal, which sparked rumors. Evangelista modeled for the Vogue cover in August 2006 while pregnant.
In June 2011, she filed a case in court mentioning that her son was billionaire Frenchman François-Henri Pinault’s child. Pinault married actress Salma Hayek after briefly dating Evangelista for four months in late 2005 and early 2006.
On August 1, 2011, Evangelista formally filed for a child support order in Manhattan Family Court. She sought $46,000 in monthly child support from Pinault. On May 7, 2012, Evangelista and Pinault reached an out-of-court settlement.
Evangelista is a practicing Roman Catholic. She called Bible her favorite book.
Linda Evangelista is beautifully tall with a height of 5′ 9.5″ (1.77 m, 177 cm).
Evangelista has naturally brown hair.
Her eye color is attractive blue-green.
What Does Linda Evangelista Do Now?
After retiring for a few years, in 2001, Evangelista soon returned to the fashion world. She showed up in some top campaigns for Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana’s makeup line, and the Canadian store, Hudson’s Bay. Recently, the Erasa Skin Care brand named her the company’s Creative Director and Vice President.
Linda Evangelista’s Net Worth
Linda Evangelista has been an extremely successful Canadian supermodel. Throughout the decade of 1990s, she was one of the highest-paid models. She modeled for the likes of Revlon, Donna Karen, and Versace. She was regarded as the most famous supermodel in the world.
It is estimated that she would earn $25,000 per day in the 1990s. At the peak of her career, she regularly made $5-$8 million annually. In 1994, Clairol signed a contract that would pay her $5 million per year. In 1996, she signed a deal of $7.75 million with Yardley of London.
The net worth of Linda Evangelista is estimated to be $40 million.
She is doing many humanitarian activities to support a few charities regarding HIV/AIDS and breast cancer awareness programs, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
- Linda Evangelista is a proud grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter. The child was born to Roxanne Marie, Evangelista’s former stepdaughter, in 2017. They remain closed even after her divorce from Roxanne Marie’s father, Gerald Marie, in 1993.
- She has graced the covers of over 700 magazines which is a record.
- She has the most petite fortune of $40 million among the Big Five (the most famous supermodels in the world). Big Five includes Evangelista together with Cindy Crawford ($400 million), Naomi Campbell ($80 million), Christy Turlington ($40 million), and Claudia Schiffer ($70 million). Though $40 million is still a hefty sum.
- She grew up in a religious household.
- Evangelista is not afraid of aging. She is a bold woman who sometimes shares her no-makeup pictures with her fans.
- She hates surprises and presents, even on dates, birthdays, and Christmas. She usually sends a list of presents in advance to her family and friends, whatever she likes to have at any event.
- She is very critical of the way people dress up these days. She thinks that people should be very thoughtful about their wardrobes.
- She loves to play the accordion.
- In 2003, she was awarded a star on the Walk of Fame, Canada.
- She has inspired many women around the world. Even very successful and famous women like Victoria Beckham called Evangelista her idol.
From being born in a working-class family to becoming a super big name in the fashion world, Linda Evangelista is a classic example of “from rags to riches.” She proved that persistence and hard work earn you fame and fortune.
Starting with humble family background, today, Evangelista has a net worth of $40 million.