She started her career posing for Bettina Rheims at the tender age of 14, and her waifish look was not to everyone’s liking. But 20 years and one drug scandal later, she is more present than ever on the fashion scene. And according to the Sunday Times, she is even the wealthiest model in the UK with an estate of £55 million (around $93.6 million). This should allow the face of the “heroin chic” trend to comfortably retire someday, although she clearly has no intention of doing so anytime soon.
During spring 2014, the 40-year-old supermodel posed for Alexander McQueen, Liu-Jo, Rimmel, Topshop, St Tropez, Kerastase, Stuart Weitzman and Lilabelle (her own fragrance). And that’s not all: she is also prolonging her collaboration with ELEVEN Paris, which began last year, and will return as the face of David Yurman this fall.
A testament to her longevity, she is no longer merely a model. She provides brands with her opinions and expertise and even creates capsule collections, all without getting carried away and putting her name on everything. Whether for Longchamp or Topshop, the supermodel often imposes her own style on collections that are always successful, in large part because so many fashionistas aim to look like her.
“I don’t like doing pictures as myself. I like to be made into someone else.”
“I got tired of feeling like Dracula. I wanted to see some daylight, and not just at six o’clock in the morning.”
“Johnny Depp told me ‘never complain, never explain’. That’s why I don’t use Twitter and things like that. I don’t want people to know what is true all the time and that’s what keeps the mystery.
“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
“It sounds really corny but if you’re beautiful on the inside it shows on the outside for sure.”
“What people say isn’t going to stop me, I have to do things for myself.”
“I thought it was quite vain to say, I want to be a model.”
“It’s a sin to be tired.”
“I have made some of the best friends that I’ve got in this bussiness.”