Linda Evangelista was born in St. Catharines, Ontario and developed a great interest in fashion and modeling from an early age.
At 15, she entered a local beauty contest during which she was spotted by a talent scout from Elite Modeling Agency. At 18, after finishing high school, she moved to New York, then carried on to Paris the following year.
Linda's first major campaign was for Yves Saint Laurent's 'Opium' perfume. In 1988, photographer Peter Lindbergh encouraged her to cut her hair, a change that marked the beginning of Linda's rise to modeling super stardom.
The unprecedented success of the 'supermodel' phenomenon owes a lot to Linda and her ability to constantly reinvent herself.
"There is not another model in the world as professional as she is." -Karl Lagerfeld
The special relationship Linda has established with the best photographers has contributed to make fashion history and has proven that she is much more than just a model. This is also obvious in her catwalk performances, which have made her a favorite of designers around the world.
Linda Evangelista works regularly with photographers Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, and Richard Avedon; Irving Penn, Nick Knight, and Patrick Demarchelier; Javier Vallhonrat, Paolo Roversi, and Ellen von Unwerth; Arthur Elgort, and David Sims. Linda has appeared in scores of advertising campaigns, including Chanel, Calvin Klein, Max Mara and Chloe; Dolce and Gabanna, Hermes, Donna Karan, and Gianfranco Ferre; Jil Sander, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, and Clairol; and YSL, Valentino, Versace and Christian Dior.
At present Linda is enjoying her career and is actively involved with various charities. In 1998, together with Bryan Adams, she raised enough money via a concert in her hometown of St. Catharines to build a breast cancer screening clinic. Linda also participated in another breast cancer project, a CD titled Man to Woman.