Elaine Irwin info:

FULL NAME: Elaine Irwin


DATE OF BIRTH: August 26, 1969

PLACE OF BIRTH: Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania.

EYES: Blue

HAIR: Blonde 


 Elaine Irwin was born in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. She left home when she was 16 to pursue a modeling career. After her photo appeared in ''Seventeen'' in 1985, the Boyertownhonor student and varsity letter-winner in track and cross country was a much sought-after face for magazine covers, advertisements and commercials. In 1989 she also appeared in the music video for New Order's "Round and Round" off their 1989 album Technique. Within a few years, she became one of the Ford Models and had appeared on the cover of dozens of fashion magazines, including ''Cosmopolitan'', ''Glamour'', ''Self'' and ''Elite''. Her American Beauty ''Vogue'' cover was shot by Richard Avedon. 

She made her move onto the runway for Victoria's Secret and Calvin Klein and soon became a favorite subject of photographers Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel for her natural, soft look.

In 1991, she was hired by photographer Wayne Masser, who was shooting an album cover for John "Cougar" Mellencamp. Within 10 weeks, she was engaged to the musician. "Met an L.A. doll/Brought her to this small town/Now she's small town just like me"...does that ring a bell?

Irwin left New York in 1992 to move to Bloomington with Mellencamp, who suffered a severe heart attack three years later. She had the first of two sons in '94, the same year she was contracted to appear in Pantene's controversial "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful" commercials.

Last year, she left Ford for IMG but returned after a fruitless six-month contract. Since then, she has resurfaced as the new familiar face on the runway. In January, she appeared as the premiere model for Todd Oldham during Fashion Week--husband and sons in tow.

Irwin became the first woman to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 in May 2001. She was also an at-large delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.


Almay, Calvin Klein, Escada, Forth & Towne, Gerry Weber, Giorgio Beverly Hills 'Ocean Dream' fragrance, JCrew, Jones New York, Pantene Pro-V, Perry Ellis, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Salon Selectives, Tse, Versace, Victoria's Secret, Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion Shows:

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1990 { Azzedine Alaia }

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1990 { Azzedine Alaia }

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1991 { Chanel, Fendi, Max Mara, Oscar de La Renta, Valentino }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1991 { Byblos, Jil Sander, Junko Shimada, Thierry Mugler }

Ready-To-Wear  - Spring/Summer 1992 { Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Claude Montana, Complice, Gianni Versace, Isaac Mizrahi, Junko Shimada, Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Valentino, Martine Sitbon, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Thierry Mugler, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent }

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1992 { Complice, Dolce & Gabbana, Genny, Jil Sander, Laura Biagiotti, Rifat Ozbek, Versace }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1996 { Bill Blass, Ellen Tracy, Ralph Lauren, Todd Oldham, Victor Alfaro }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1997 { Nicole Miller, Ralph Lauren }