Real name: Linda Evangelista
Birthdate: May 10, 1965
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Linda Evangelista (born May 10, 1965) is a Canadian supermodel. She uttered the quote "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day".
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 Contest.
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.
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.
Evangelista is known as "The Chameleon", both for her frequent hair changes (style, length and colour) and for the way she can transform herself in front of a camera. The time line of her hairstyles:
- until 1988 long medium brown hair
- 1988 THE famous cut short brown
- 1989 barber shop crop
- 1991 platinum blond
- 1992 red
- 1992 dark brown asymmetrical cut with long bangs and razored sides and back
- 1993 Dutch boy bob
- 1994 mid-length blond
- 1995 mid-length peroxide blond
- 1995 mod cut dark brown
- 1996 mid-length brown
In 1999, Evangelista suffered a miscarriage after being 6 months pregnant by Barthez. To her delight, on October 11, 2006, she gave birth to son, Augustin James. The father is an unnamed New York architect. She has made it known for years throughout her career of her desire to have children. While pregnant, Evangelista appeared on the August 2006 issue of Vogue magazine. She was the first non-actress/singer model to appear on Vogue in over a year. In the issue, Evangelista said she was "pro-cosmetic-procedure" and admitted to using Botox, but said she stopped during her pregnancy.
She also plays the accordion, and was a cigar smoker before she gave up smoking and drinking altogether.