When Usher's "Hey Daddy" video premiered, we were so excited to see that it starred one of our favorite models, ever: Noemie Lenoir. Discovered by Ford Models in Versailles, the French-born, bi-racial beauty started modeling at 16--but it wasn't until 2001, when she signed with L'Oreal, that her career hit the stratosphere. Soon after, she began working for Victoria's Secret and Gap; racking up editorial credits in all the top fashion magazines; and posing for Sports Illustrated's all-important Swimsuit Issue (with her stormy eyes and glorious corkscrew curls, Lenoir is one of the issue's most popular pinups). Ultimately, supermodeldom wasn't enough for the gorgeous 30 year-old--in the past decade, she's become quite an accomplished indie actress, appearing in a series of award-winning, international films. Noemie, we love you! Here, we rounded up some of our favorite runway and red carpet pics of the French femme fatale.

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Essence.com
Apr, 12, 2010

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