Yesterday was renowned supermodel Daria Werbowy’s 26th birthday, and she has accomplished more than some models ever do, within those years. Personally, Daria is one of my all time favourite fashion models, and what makes her even more awesome is that she’s Canadian too!
Daria was born in Krakow, Poland and her family immigrated to Canada in 1987. They moved to Mississauga, Ontario (near my home!). At the age of fourteen, she won a national modelling contest, but it wasn’t until she joined forces with fabulous modelling agent Elmer Olsen that her career really started to take off. Once Elmer Olsen left Elite models, and started his own agency, Daria decided to follow him. Needless to say, this was one of the best decisions of her career. Within a few years, she was a phenomenon on the international modelling scene. She has graced the covers of numerous fashion magazines, and has walked SO many runway shows for practically every huge name in the industry.
Daria holds the record for opening and closing the most shows in one season. To date, Daria has modelled and walked the runway for Lancôme, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Pepe Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Hermès, Valentino, David Yurman, Missoni, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. In Fall/Winter 2003, which was her first season, Daria not only appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia three times (July, August, and October), but also captured one of the fashion world’s most coveted campaigns, Prada’s Fall/Winter ad campaign.
In July 2007, Forbes listed Daria as the ninth highest-earning model in the world, and just last recently she had the honour of being inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Happy belated birthday to Daria!…. one of the most fabulous models the fashion world has ever seen.