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Linda Evangelista was born on May 10th, 1965, in St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada. She was raised in a working class, traditional Italian Catholic family and knew that she wanted to pursue a modeling career by the age of 12. She was modeling with a Toronto agency when she entered a Miss Teen Niagara Contest, although she didn't win, she was spotted by a modeling scout.

One of Linda's first covers ever, before she cut her hair, was in the April 1988 edition of Chatelaine, a Toronto Magazine. Her career really began in New York, where she signed with the Elite Model Agency. Before finally getting a job booking with high profile fashion magazine Vogue, Linda then moved to Paris to try to develop her career.

Linda's beautiful facial structure and striking blue-green eyes have since appeared on practically every fashion magazine cover on an international scale. She has also appeared in a huge number of advertising campaigns including Alberta Ferretti, American Express, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior makeup.

Although Linda's natural hair color is brown. She has become known for her ever changing hair and her boy-style haircut. Having been practically every hair color possible, hairstylists and colourists all over have said that she has the ability to make any cut or colour work for her. She dyed her hair 17 times in four years, blonde seven times (platinum to honey), red twice, brown six times (golden brown to deep mahogany), and a combo thereof twice.

Like fellow supermodel Helena Christensen, who appeared in a wicked music video for Chris Isaac, Linda Evangelista has been in two George Michael videos: "Freedom 90", featuring the other top supermodels, as well as the video for "Too Funky". Following with the video trend, Linda has also appeared in Unzipped, by Isaac Mizrahi, and Catwalk, a documentary produced by Christy Turlington.

Linda Evangelista received a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 VH1 Fashion and Music Awards. She has also been named one of People magazine's 50 most Beautiful People in the World.

Due to her professionalism and commitment to a job, often willing to play many roles in front of the camera, fashion photographers love her ability to fit their perception and vision into their photographs.

As for her love life, Linda Evangelista has been romantically involved with Andre Rau, and was formerly engaged to Twin Peaks actor Kyle MacLachlan. She was previously married to Gerald Marie, the former head of Elite Paris.

Alongside her well-known reputation for being the most hardworking and professional model of them all (at an age where most models would have retired, she is still very much in demand), there is the by now infamous quote which she reckons will follow her to her grave, "we have a saying, Christy (Turlington) and I, we don't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day."

Linda uses her fame to help in causes that she believes in, most notably raising awareness for breast cancer research. Both her grandmother and a family friend suffered from the disease, and Linda joined Bryan Adams in hosting a charity fundraiser in aid of breast cancer research.

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