Linda Evangelista was born May 10, 1965, in St. Catherine's, Ontario. She is considered one of the five "original" supermodels, along with Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell.
Evangelista knew she wanted to be a model when she was just 12 years old. When she was 15, a modeling scout noticed her in the Miss Teen Niagara Contest. She later signed up with the Elite Model Agency in New York City before moving to Paris to develop her career.
Evangelista has appeared in advertisements for companies such as American Express, Anne Klein, Bloomingdale's, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gianni Versace. Magazine covers include Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Allure, and Harper's Bazaar.