Model Behavior: Noemie Lenoir, Femme Fatale

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.
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 12, 2010

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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 (here, she’s shown at the issue’s 2001 launch party). 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. Check out our roundup of hot runway and red carpet pics of the French femme fatale.

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Noemie Lenoir wears a dazzling set of Chopard jewelry at the ‘New Haute Couture’ show during Fall 2007 Paris Fashion Week.

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With her berry-stained lips and rippling ringlets, the supermodel dazzles all at the 2006 Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

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Lenoir slinked down the runway rocking gilded eyeshadow and mile-long, sexed-up hair at the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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In 2007, Lenoir debuted a shockingly short, platinum pixie cut at the Cannes launch party for ’Ocean’s Thirteen.’ Bye-bye spirals!

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At Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2007 show, Lenoir rocks an impressive crown-of-hair (wow), smokey copper eyes and a boldly sheer blouse.

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Sporting grey-smudged eyes and candy-pink lips, Noemie Lenoir puckers up at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of ‘Synecdoche, New York.’

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Sporting a body-baring bikini and the word “love” scrawled across her flawless face, Lenoir ruled the runway at the Fall 2008 Marlies Dekkers show.

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At the 2009 premiere of ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,’ Lenoir was stunning in a braided bun, wine-hued lipgloss, and chic faux lashes. If we could look like this every day of our lives, we would.

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Noemie Lenoir is all hair, lips, and toasty-bronze skin at the world-famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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