Evangelista was born to Italian
parents and was raised in a working-class, traditional Catholic family
in St. Catharines, Ontario. She knew she wanted to become a model when
she was 12 years old. Evangelista got into the modeling industry when
she was discovered by a talent agent at the 1978 Miss Teen Niagara
Evangelista later moved to New York City and signed with Elite
Model Management there. She then moved to Paris, to further her career.
She also appeared in music videos with George Michael.
Along with Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy
Crawford and Naomi Campbell, Linda is regarded as one of the few, true
supermodels that changed the face of fashion in the late 1980s and
early 1990s. The triumvirate of model friends that comprises Linda
Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington was affectionately
dubbed "The Trinity" and is commonly credited as responsible for
sparking supermodel mania. The Trinity pushed for better wages for
models and for better projects and subsequently Evangelista was called
the founder of the supermodel "union".
Evangelista uttered the quote, "We don't wake up for less than
$10,000 a day" (often misquoted as: "We don't get out of bed for less
than..." or "I don't get out of bed for less than...") Spoken in Vogue
(1990) to Jonathan Van Meyer, talking about money and how she and a few
other models were calling the shots and changing the game.
In the late 1980s, she cut all her hair off to brandish a
little-boy style haircut and was promptly cancelled from all the
important runway shows that season. This was the first of her many,
many dramatic hairstyle changes. Within months, she appeared on
magazine covers everywhere and many women emulated the hairstyle.
Alberta Ferretti, Alma,
American Express, Ann Taylor, Anne Klein, Bally, Barneys,
Bloomingdale's, Calvin Klein, Capezio Bags, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior
make-up, Clairol, De Beers, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, El Corte
Ingles, Elizabeth Arden 'Red Door' fragrance, Episode, Escada, Fendi,
Gianfranco Ferre, Gianna Cassoli, Gianni Versace, Guy Laroche Fidji
perfume, Hardob, Hermes, Izaac Mizrahi, Jil Sander,
Jones New York, Kathleen Madden, Kenar, Lanvin, Loewe, Lux, MAC, Marc
Cain, Marella, Marks & Spencer, MaxMara, Nars, Nicoletta Ruggiero,
Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, Phas, Pizza Hut, Ralph Lauren,
Randy Kemper, Revlon 'Charlie' perfume, Rodier, Strenesse, Strenesse
Blue, Trussardi, TSE Cashmere, Valentino, Versace, Wallis, Yardley,
Yardley 'Baroque' & 'Panache' perfumes, Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent 'Opium' perfume.
Vogue, Flare, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Numero, Photo, Marie Claire, XL Semanal, You, W, Mademoiselle, Elle Topmodel, Allure
Valentino, Anna Sui, Chanel, Chloe, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Todd Oldham, Christian Dior, Gianni Versace, John Galliano, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Jean Paul Gailtier, Lanvin, Versace, Hermes, David Jones, DSquared2, Giles Deacon