Noemie Lenoir (pronounced Linwah) was born on September 19, 1979 in Les Ulis, Essonne, France and later grew up in Versailles.
She is a French model and actress probably best known to American audiences for her appearances in Sports Illustrated and Victorias Secret. Her measurements are 34-24-35. Her mother has Malagasy ancestry and her father is a French electrician. The couple later divorced.
Noemie was discovered when she was 17 by a Ford booker in a post office. She describes the district she grew up in near Paris as a ghetto. She later signed with LOreal. Other brands followed, including Victorias Secret, Gap, Next and many more.
Noemie was also the face of Marks & Spencer. From 1999 to 2010, she walked for many fashion shows, including ready to wear and haute couture for designers such as Elie Saab, Umanuel Ungaro and Jean Paul Gaultier. She has graced the covers of magazines, including Flare, FHM, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Madame Figaro.
Her favorite films are Scarface and Pulp Fiction and her motto is You have to think about you and your soul. Be happy and then you can have a heart for somebody.
When she was in New York, she said on The Tyra Banks Show, I feel American, actually. Im very happy to be in America and New York.
She added actress to her resume with her appearance in Rush Hour 3. She also appeared in the music video for Ushers Hey Daddy (Daddys Home).
Noemie Lenoir has a son, Kelyan Makelele, born in 2005 from her relationship with international soccer player Claude Makelele. The couple broke up in 2009.
In 2010, she was found unconscious after a suspected suicide attempt near her Paris home. She was in a coma for a week. She later told the Guardian Weekend, shed done something really, really stupid. I had been living in New York and I moved back to Paris to try again with the father of my son. It was a big change. I wasnt so healthy in ParisIt was like a bad, bad depression, a very deep depression. I felt really alonepeople dont understand. I love my son so much. But I didnt think I was good enough, I thought I was poison. Poison for me and poison for him. When I was depressed I felt like I was poisoning his life by being in it. I thought he would be better with his dad and my mum to look after him.
Noemie Lenoir has a tattoo on her right foot and one on her lower belly.