Linda Evangelista Opens Up About Perils of Teen Modeling
Evangelista Advises Against Modeling Scams
She may be most famous for refusing to get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, but in a new interview, supermodel Linda Evangelista reveals for the first time how she almost wasn't a model in the first place.
In the September issue of "Interview" magazine, Evangelista, 48, says that at the age of 16 she enrolled in a modeling school in her native Ontario, Canada. "It was sort of a scam. In order to work as a model, you had to pay for the classes. My mom paid for me," she reveals, saying that she quickly got booked on jobs. 'They sent me there at 16, and I was chosen by a Japanese agency to go over to Japan for the summer to work."
Things quickly turned sour. "I got there and it was a catastrophe. They wanted me to take my clothes off and shoot me naked. 'It was a nightmare and I panicked and basically the Canadian Embassy helped me out. I was there about two days and went home, saying, "I don't want anything to do with this ever again."
Of course, Evangelista went on to become one of a bevvy of original supermodels (Cindy Crawford, tatjiana Patiz, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington among them) who rose to fame in the 1980s and 90s and became household names in the process.
The new issue of Interview boasts 7 different covers -- each of one of the supermodels. You can take your pick among Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Amber Valletta, Stephanie Seymour and Daria Werbowy.