Stam was born in Kincardine, Ontario, and grew up on a farm alongside
her six brothers. As a child, her family was very religious, practicing
the Christian faith. She originally wanted to be a dentist.
Stam was discovered in a local Tim Hortons coffee shop by Michele
Miller, an agent at the International Model Management agency in
Barrie, Ontario, who found Stam on the way back from Canada's
Wonderland, a theme park just outside Toronto.
Stam attended St. Joseph's High School in Barrie, Ontario, where she
lived with roommate and fellow model Michelle V.
As soon as photographer Steven Meisel discovered the then
16-year-old Stam, he cast her in every ad campaign of his, and suddenly
she was a star. "I guess I'm his muse," she has said of her mentor Stam
won the Los Angeles Model Look Search in 2002.
Her career was set off when she appeared on the cover of UK &
German Vogue and she has appeared in advertisements for Marc Jacobs,
Anna Sui, Vera Wang, Valentino, Miu Miu, Gucci, Prada, Dolce &
Gabbana, Versace and Holt Renfrew. In 2004, Stam appeared in the short
film Agent Orange.
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs created The Marc Jacobs Stam a
bag inspired by and named after her called She also had her own
featurette and opened a Theme entitled "Pink".
In the January 2006, she appeared in the Rochas ad campaign, shot and directed by Bruno Aveillan.
For Spring 2006 Ready-to-Wear, Stam walked a total of 64 shows combined during the New York, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks.
In the May 2007 issue of American Vogue she was featured on the
cover with fellow models: Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel
Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda,
Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson as the new crop of supermodels.
In July 2007, earning at an estimated total of $1.5 million in the past
12 months, Forbes named her fifteenth in the list of the World's 15
Currently she stars in campaigns for Bulgari, Lanvin and Escada. She
also appears in the F/W 2007 Christian Dior, DKNY, Miss Sixty and Roberto Cavalli ad campaigns.
Atsuro Tayama, Banila.B, Bonne Belle, Bottega Veneta,
BCBG Max Azria, Bulgari, Cerruti Jeans, Calvin Klein 'CK One'
fragrance, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, GAP, Giorgio Armani, Holt
Renfrew, H&M, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Martine Sitbon, Miss
Sixty, Miu Miu, Prada, Roberto Cavalli for H&M, Rochas, SJ,
Valentino, Vera Wang, Versus
Alberta Ferretti, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Alexander McQueen, Amaya Arzuaga, Ann Demeulemeester, Anna Molinari, Anna Sui, Anne Klein, Antonio Berardi, Armani Prive, Atsuro Tayama, Balenciaga, Balmain, BCBG Max Azria, Behnaz Sarafpour, Belstaff, Bill Blass, Blumarine, Borbonese, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Byblos, Byblos, Cacharel, Carlos Miele, Carolina Herrera, Celine, Chado Ralph Rucci, Chanel, Charles Anastase, Chloe, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix,
Cividini, Clements Ribeiro, Corso, Costello Tagliapietra, Custo
Barcelona, Cynthia Steffe, D&G, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg,
Diesel StyleLab, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Dsquared2, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Cavallini, Emilio Pucci, Emma Cook, Esteban Cortazar, Etro, Exte, Fendi, Gaetano Navarra, Gai Mattiolo, Gibo, Giles Deacon, Givenchy, Gucci, Guerriero, Habitual, Haneza, Hermes, Iceberg, Isaac Mizrahi, ISSA, J Mendel, Jasmine Di Milo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeffrey Chow, Jenni Kayne, Jennifer Nicholson, Jill Stuart, John Galliano, John Varvatos, Julien MacDonald, Just Cavalli, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenzo, Krizia, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, La Perla, Lancetti, Lanvin, Libertine, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Love Sex Money, Luca Luca, Luella, Luella Bartley, Malo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs,
Martine Sitbon, Mary Ping, Matthew Williamson, Max Azria, MaxMara,
Michael Kors, Michel Klein, Michelle Janks, Miss Sixty, Miu Miu, MM
Facchinelli, Morgan, Moschino, Moschino
Cheap & Chic, Nanette Lepore, Narciso Rodriguez, Nicole Farhi, Nina
Ricci, Oakley, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Som, PHI, Pollini, Prada, Preen, Pringle of Scotland, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Reem Acra, Richard Chai, Richard Tyler, Rick Owens, Roberto Cavalli, Rodarte, Roland Mouret, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sonia Rykiel, Sophia Kokosalaki, Sportmax, Stella McCartney, Stephen Burrows, Strenesse, Sweetface, Temperley, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Trend Les Copains, Tuleh, Tyler, Valentino, Vera Wang, Versace, Versus, Victor de Souza, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Tam, Y & Kei, Y-3, Yuki Torii, Zac Posen, Chanpaul, 6267
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