Noémie Lenoir is a French model, actress and the quintessential female model.
Noémie Lenoir was born in Les Ulis, Essonne, France. Her mother comes from the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, and has Malagasy ancestry. Her father is a French European retired electrician who later divorced her mother. Her family moved first to Gif-sur-Yvette and then to Palaiseau where she was discovered and started her career in modeling.
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Growing up in a banlieue district near Paris, which she describes as a “ghetto”, Lenoir was first spotted at the age of 17 in 1997 when she was approached by a Ford booker in a post office.
She signed with L’Oréal in 1997, and has since appeared in their advertisements alongside Laetitia Casta and long-term model and actress Andie MacDowell. She has also worked for Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Next, and many others.
Lenoir was the face of UK high-street retailer Marks & Spencer, for four years until Christmas 2009 and was seen in various British magazines and billboards. Lenoir returned to Marks & Spencer advertising in 2012 .In 2007, Lenoir featured in the hit film Rush Hour 3 alongside actors Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. In 2009, Lenoir featured in the music video for Usher’s single “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”.
Noémie Lenoir is known for her work with Gucci, L’Oréal, Next, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, Balmain Paris Hair Couture, and Marks and Spencer.
She has been featured in a line-up of the world’s most successful black models. Photo Credit: Getty