Thursday, June 13, 2013

Linda Evangelista: Supermodel

Linda Evangelista has been a famous "supermodel" for a long time now, having started her career in 1984; and has been featured on the cover of over 600 magazines. She was born in Ontario, Canada; of immigrant parents from Latium.

Linda Evangelista (from Wikipedia)

Born: May 10, 1965 (age 48); St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Years active: 1984–1998 (retired), 2001–present
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue-green
Measurements: 86.5-61-89 (EU); 34-24-35 (US)
Weight: 55 kg (121 lbs)
Dress size: 36–38 (EU); 6 (US)
Manager: DNA Model Management Models 1 Agency

Linda Evangelista (born May 10, 1965) is a Canadian model. She has been featured on over 600 magazine covers. Evangelista is mostly known for being the longtime muse of photographer Steven Meisel, as well as coining the phrase "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day". She holds the record for her multiple appearances on the cover of Vogue Italia, all of which were photographed by Meisel.

Early years

Evangelista was born to Italian parents who emigrated to Canada and was raised in a working-class, traditional Roman Catholic family in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls, where she attended Denis Morris Catholic High School. Her father worked for General Motors and her mother, Marisa, was a bookkeeper. Evangelista began modelling when she was discovered by an agent from Elite Model Management at the 1978 Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant.


Evangelista later moved to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management. She then moved to Paris to further her career. She worked extensively with fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, who encouraged her to consider a short hair cut. Top hairdresser Julien Dy's cut her hair into what she described as "a bowl cut with sideburns". She cried during the haircut but it turned out to be the defining moment of her career.[citation needed]

Evangelista once said, "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 Meter.

In 2007, she signed a multiple-year exclusive contract with the cosmetics company L'Oreal Paris. It was announced in early 2008 that she would be featured in the Prada Fall 2008 campaign seen in magazines internationally.

She is signed to DNA Model Management in New York City, and Models 1 in London.

In June 2010, the New York Post reported that Evangelista will be the new face of Talbots.

Personal life

At the age of 22, Evangelista married Elite executive Gerald Marie. They were married from 1987 to 1993.

In 1999, she became pregnant by French football player Fabien Barthez. At 6 months pregnant, she delivered a stillborn baby. The couple then broke up and Evangelista left modelling for several years to recuperate.

On October 11, 2006, Evangelista gave birth to a boy, Augustin James, refusing to name his biological father, sparking rumours. While pregnant, she appeared on the August 2006 issue of Vogue. In late June 2011, Evangelista filed court papers that revealed her son was fathered by billionaire Frenchman François-Henri Pinault, by then the husband of actress Salma Hayek. After several court appearances aimed at establishing a child support agreement, on August 1, 2011, Evangelista formally filed for a child support order in Manhattan Family Court, seeking $46,000 in monthly child support from Pinault. It was reported that if granted, this amount "would probably be the largest support order in the history of the family court." A heavily-publicized child support trial began on May 3, 2012, and included testimony from both Pinault and Evangelista, with Evangelista's attorney claiming that Pinault had never supported the child. Several days into the trial, on May 7, 2012, Evangelista and Pinault reached an out-of-court settlement.



Etrusco-Umbro-Gallic said...

Impressive model, alright, but it looks like Linda's origins are from the former Kingdom of Naples, though.

Camunlynx said...

hmm. a good looking Neapolitan then. There were a few Langobards and Goths who wandered down there, and Naples had been part of the Renaissance culture; but later unfortunately the Spanish monarchy dumped a lot of people there that they didn't want.

I tend to think of the native cultures of Latium, Sudtirol, Ticino, south Graubunden, Nice, Istria, Savoia, and Monaco as being closely tied to the Cisalpine cultures in one way or another. "Honorary Cisalpines"

Etrusco-Umbro-Gallic said...

That's true---Bernini had a Tuscan father and, yes, many Lombards from various central and northern Italian cities played an instrumental role in "culturally latinizing" the south during the middle ages. To this day, a Gallo-Italic dialect is spoken in a part of Sicily.

Well, Nizzards and Monaguesques are Ligurians. So they are definitely cisalpines. Istriots are Venets. Ticinese are West Lombards. And, of course, NATIVE latins are culturally Lombard.

Etrusco-Umbro-Gallic said...

Yeah, Linda is an honorary Cisalpine.

Imo, the peninsular honorary Cisalpine lands are Neapolitan Lazio, Northern Campania, Abruzzo, and Molise for cultural and historical reasons.

Some of them:
1)Abruzzo/Molise do not have a mafia.
2)The same Lombard kings who ruled Tuscany also ruled the Abruzzi(it was a continuous state).
3)Lack of a significant Byzantine presense.
4)Famous Umbrian-descended Italic tribes like Sabines and Samnites inhabited the region.
5)Lack of a strong Greek and/or Levantine presence during Roman times.

Camunlynx said...

To stray from the subject a bit... during the long Genoa-to-San Francisco migratory pattern which particularly brought many Ligurians and north Tuscans here; included were small numbers of people from places like Monte Carlo, Nice, and Ajaccio. Anyway, collectively--whether in a city or a rural area--they were more pioneer than immigrant, being such great self-determinists.