Canada has always taken pride in its models, and is rich in fashion models. Many of Canada’s top models have scaled the heights of their modeling careers and are famous all over the world. Here, we look into some of the leading Canadian fashion models that have scaled the heights of the fashion industry.
8 Most Popular Canadian Fashion Models
1. Shalom Harlow
Shalom Harlow is one of the Canadian fashion models who is also an actress and has been prominent since the 90s. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue multiple times and has acted in many movies too. She has also hosted many reality-shows and TV programs and is considered one of the finest Canadian models who has earned millions through modeling.
Harlow started modeling right after completing high school. She was hailed as a model after she participated in a concert at Toronto called The Cure. Since then, Harlow has appeared in many magazines, editorials, and many shows. After being hailed as a model, she got opportunities in many movies too.
Some of her famous movies include: In & Out (1997), Cherry (1999), Head Over Heels (2001), Vanilla Sky (2001), The Salton Sea (2002), Happy Here and Now (2002), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), I Love Your Work (2003), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Game 6 (2005), The Last Romantic (2006) and Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007).
Harlow also co-hosted the program House of Style in the year 1996-97. Forbes listed her as the 13th top-earning fashion model in the world.
2. Jessica Stam
Jessica Stam is one of the top Canadian fashion models popularly known as the “Doll Face”. She was also on the list of Forbes, who has earned the most through modeling. She was found in a coffee shop and hailed to be one of the world’s top models.
Jessica won the Los Angeles Model Look contest in 2002 and had many photo-shoots that took her to fame. She was cast in many advertisements, and her popularity rose to great heights. She eventually became a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
She has also appeared in a short film called Agent Orange. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs designed a bag and named it The Marc Jacobs Stam, inspired by her. She has been placed on the list of many top running models globally and has been part of many fashion campaigns.
Though her dream job was to become a dentist, she ended up becoming a supermodel while sipping coffee at a coffee shop.
3. Yasmin Warsame
Among the top Canadian Fashion Models, Yasmin Warsame is a model and an activist of the Somali region. The Fashion magazine named her as the most alluring model in 2004. Yasmin has been working in the field of modeling and also, social work. This makes her a rare personality in the fashion industry.
A professional modeling company found her in 1997. She did not accept the modeling offer easily. It was only later she accepted it. She also had to take a short break from modeling while she was pregnant. Though she was a well-known model, work was scarce for her due to her looks.
Her patron agency is the SHOK models. Later she went to work for agencies like NEXT Paris, NEXT London, View Barcelona, NEXT Toronto, and many more. She appeared on magazines covers like American and British Elle, Vogue Italia and American Vogue, Amica, Surface, and many other well-known magazines.
Yasmin has been in the advertisements of Escada, Hermes, GAP, H & M, Valentino couture, and many well-esteemed companies. She was also a judge at the reality TV series Canada’s Next Top Model. She has always been a social activist in the Somalia region and is continuing to perform charity works.
4. Stacey McKenzie
Stacey McKenzie is a Jamaican model, a TV personality and a motivational speaker among the Canadian fashion models. She also has been the judge of the TV reality show Canada’s Next Top Model, America’s Next Top Model, and Canada’s Drag Race.
Stacey was new to the industry and went to pursue a career in modeling just after high school. She was very much unprepared and had to go through many struggles during the initial period of modeling career. Later, she picked up the pace and was hailed to be one of the world’s most sought models. With great career in modeling, she been actively participating in motivational speaking and charity.
Stacey also appeared in movies. She first appeared in the 1996 film Portraits Chinois but was recognized through her part in the 1997 movie The Fifth Element, a breakthrough in her career. As a successful model, she has been working among some of the elites in the fashion industry.
5. Coco Rocha
Coco Rocha is one of the Canadian fashion models who has also been called one of the digital supermodels. She was found by the agent Charles Stuart during an Irish dancing competition, and that turned out to be a career change in her life. Until then, she had not thought about modeling, but later, she was hailed as one of the most sought Canadian fashion models in the world.
Coco had even made a list of companies that she could and could not shoot with. As a result, companies tried to constantly persuade her, thereby making her sensational. She was even popular on social media with the nickname Queen of Pose.
Coco got featured in top magazines like the Vogue of America, Britain, Japan, Korea, etc. She was there in other magazines like Flare, Fashion, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed and Confused, and many other top magazines globally. She is called one of the most charming and most loved Super Model among the public.
She has appeared in the documentary ‘The September Issue’, which featured the American Vogue magazine. She has hosted many TV shows, appeared as a judge in many programs, and has published a book called the Study of Pose, which features 1000 pictures of herself in various poses. She also launched her clothing brand called Co + Co by Coco Rocha.
6. Heather Marks
Heather Marks is one of the Canadian fashion models known for her doll-like features and big eyes in the fashion industry. She is also one of the Canadian fashion models who entered the industry at a young age. She joined the industry at the age of twelve and has attracted many agencies due to her perfect features.
Heather admitted that she has been a tomboy since childhood and never expected to have a career in modeling and become a famous model. Many companies featured her in advertisements like Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret, H & M, Levi’s, Mango, Max Mara, Jimmy Choo, and many more.
Heather has appeared on the cover of fashion magazines like French, Velvet, Flair, Dazed, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more. She has also appeared in the catalogs for Louis Vuitton, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Max Mara, and many more. She has grown high as a Super Model and has also participated in various fashion campaigns.
7. Andi Muise
Andi Muise is one of the Canadian fashion models who was discovered at the age of fourteen by an agency. She has been the model of many brands like Intimissimi, Bloomingdale’s, Kenneth Cole, FCUK, Urban Outfitters, etc. she has also starred in commercials by Playboy.
One of the most amazing memory she has shared was her walk in the Victoria’s Secret show. She holds it as one of the most path-breaking moments in her life. Andi has shared that she would like to work as a shoe and jewelry designer after her career as a model. She has also appeared in a documentary by Fashion television which featured a day of her life.
8. Linda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista is one of the most successful and well accomplished among all-time Canadian fashion models. She has been prominent since the 1990s and has been in the industry till now. She has been framed as the most famous and the greatest Super Model of all time.
Linda has appeared on the cover of more than 700 magazines. She holds the record of being on the Italian cover of Vogue the most times. She once cut short her hair in the 80s, which led to the rise of the hairstyle The Linda, a hit back then among the young women.
She is one of the most famous women in the world and the most paid women during her time in the 80s and 90s. She has also conducted awareness campaigns for HIV, AIDS, and breast cancer. She has also won many awards for her contribution to the fashion industry, including the VH1’s Fashion Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, World Fashion Icon by the Women’s World Awards, and many more.
As a talented model and a sparking personal image, Linda remains a fashion icon even today in the 21st century. She has been called a model and inspiration by many female celebrities all across the world.
The list of Canadian fashion models is still long. These are some of the well known and most sought fashion models of all time. Comment below the names of the other Canadian fashion models you know about.