Linda Evangelista, credited as one of the original supermodels, was born in 1965 in Ontario, Canada. Interested in modelling from a young age, at fifteen she entered the 1988 Miss Teen Niagra contest, where she was spotted by a modelling scout. Although this was seen as her break, her rise to success was not completely smooth. Though her career began in New York, where she signed up with the Elite Model Agency, it was after a move to Paris and three years that she was booked by French Vogue, her first high profile editorial job. She went on to grace a number of magazine covers around the world, also appearing in campaigns for Alberta Ferretti, Clavin Klein, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karen, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Versace. She was a dominating figure of the fashion industry in the early 90s and received a fashion lifetime achievement award from VHI in 1996. She became known for her chameleon like appearance changing her hair colour seventeen times in four years but maintaining her much-imitated boyish crop. She has appeared in two George Michael videos 'Freedom' and 'Too Funky' and fashion industry documentary films 'Unzipped' and 'Catwalk'. She raises awareness for Breast Cancer Research.