Kristen McMenamy was born in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1964. She began her modelling career in 1985 and is currently represented by DNA Models.
Known as one of the original supermodels, the androgynous McMenamy has worked with designers such as Gianni Versace and Karl Lagerfeld, as well as been photographed by the likes of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Steven Meisel. She has starred in campaigns for brands including Givenchy, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton. McMenamy has also been the cover star for publications like Vogue Italia, i-D and LOVE magazine.
McMenamy gained international recognition when Juergen Teller controversially photographed her with a lipstick-drawn Versace logo on her bare chest for Süddeutsche Zeitung in 1996.