Linda Evangelista cried for more clothes as a child
Linda Evangelista was so desperate for more clothes as a youngster that she broke down in tears.
The Canadian star is one of the most successful and influential models of all time, with a career spanning back to the early ‘80s. Her passion for fashion began at a young age as Linda, 51, recalled to U.S. Harper’s Bazaar how her mother Marisa helped kick-start her style dream.
"I think I was like 11 or 12 when I sat my mom down in tears, and I said, 'I need more outfits. It's so important,'” she laughed. “It sounds silly, but there was no other way to express myself. I needed that blouse with a little ruffle Peter Pan collar to go with the corduroy pants with a wedge. And she was like, 'I'm on it.' She did it."
Since then Linda has never put a fashion foot wrong, but even during her childhood she made sure to always have her next ensemble put together.
"A blazer, a skirt with a blouse, the earrings, and the shoes,” she listed. “It was from the mall or we'd go over the river to Niagara Falls, New York, or to Buffalo, where our currency at that time went further. You'd have to wear the outfit in the car home not to pay the duty."
With such thorough fashion knowledge it makes sense that Linda has taken on the role of fashion editor for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, styling model Raquel Zimmermann as a younger version of herself. Raquel wears an array of cool clothes, like a purple silk dress with a black PVC jacket and a matching suede camel jacket and skirt.
For Linda, her career wasn’t so glamorous when starting out in New York.
"It was chock full of cockroaches," she shuddered. "But I just thought everything was the way it was supposed to be. I did eight to 10 go-sees a day for a month, learned to take the subway. I remember going to SoHo and it was like going to Mars. Just trucks and abandoned buildings."