Noémie Lenoir

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Noémie Lenoir
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Lenoir at Paris Chocolate Show in 2013
Born (1979-09-19) 19 September 1979 (age 39)
Les Ulis, France
Modelling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) [1]
Hair colour Black [1]
Eye colour Green [1]

Noémie Lenoir (born 19 September 1979) [3] is a French model and actress. She 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 by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. [4]

Model (person) person employed to display, advertise and promote products, or to serve as a visual aid

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products, or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

Gucci Italian fashion and leather goods brand

Gucci is an Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence, Tuscany, in 1921. Gucci generated about €4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to BusinessWeek and climbed to 41st position in the magazine's annual 2009 "Top Global 100 Brands" chart created by Interbrand; it retained that rank in Interbrand's 2014 index. Gucci is also the highest-selling Italian brand.

L'Oréal S.A. is a French personal care company headquartered in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine with a registered office in Paris. It is the world's largest cosmetics company and has developed activities in the field concentrating on hair colour, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfume, and hair care.


Early life

Noemie Lenoir at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Noemie Lenoir Cannes.jpg
Noémie Lenoir at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival

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 retired electrician who later divorced her mother. [5] Her family moved first to Gif-sur-Yvette and then to Palaiseau where she was discovered and started her career in modeling.

Les Ulis Commune in Île-de-France, France

Les Ulis is a commune in the Essonne department located in the southwestern suburbs (banlieue) of Paris, France. It is 23 km (14 mi) from the centre of Paris.

Essonne Department of France

Essonne is a French department in the region of Île-de-France. It is named after the Essonne River.

Réunion Overseas region and department in France

Réunion is an overseas department and region of France and an island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and 175 km (109 mi) southwest of Mauritius. As of January 2019, it had a population of 866,506.

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Noémie Lenoir in 2015


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. [6] 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.

Banlieue suburb of a large city; especially used for France

In France, a banlieue is a suburb of a large city. Banlieues are divided into autonomous administrative entities and do not constitute part of the city proper. For instance, 80% of the inhabitants of the Paris metropolitan area live outside the city of Paris. Like the city centre, suburbs may be rich, middle-class or poor—Versailles, Le Vésinet, Maisons-Laffitte and Neuilly-sur-Seine are affluent banlieues of Paris, while Clichy-sous-Bois, Bondy and Corbeil-Essonnes are less so. However, since the 1970s, banlieues has taken on an additional meaning in French of France, becoming a popular word for low-income housing projects (HLMs) in which mainly black immigrants and French of foreign descent reside, in what are often called poverty traps.

Ghetto Part of a city in which members of a minority group live

A ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, typically as a result of social, legal, or economic pressure. The term was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were restricted and segregated. However, early societies may have formed their own versions of the same structure; words resembling "ghetto" appear in the Hebrew, Yiddish, Italian, Germanic, Old French, and Latin languages. Ghettos in many cities have also been nicknamed "the hood", colloquial slang for neighborhood. Versions of ghettos appear across the world, each with their own names, classifications, and groupings of people.

Ford Models modeling agency

The Ford Modeling Agency, or as it is known today Ford Models, is an American international modeling agency based in New York City. It was established in 1946 by Eileen Ford and her husband Gerard W. Ford.

Lenoir was the face of UK high-street retailer Marks & Spencer, for four years until Christmas 2009 [7] and was seen in various British magazines and billboards alongside fellow models Twiggy and Laura Bailey. Lenoir returned to Marks & Spencer advertising in 2012 where she is seen "enjoying a selection of quintessentially British pastimes". [8]

Marks & Spencer British retail company

Marks & Spencer Group plc is a major British multinational retailer headquartered in Westminster, London that specialises in selling clothing, home products and luxury food products. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Twiggy British model, actress, singer

Dame Lesley Lawson is an English model, actress, and singer widely known by the nickname Twiggy. She was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenage model in swinging sixties London.

Laura Bailey is an English model and writer. Born in London, England, she has modelled campaigns for Guess jeans, L'Oreal, Jaguar, Jaeger, Marks and Spencer, Bella Freud, Radley and Temperley London. Bailey also works as a writer and has written for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. She is a Cultural Ambassador for the British Fashion Council and an Ambassador for Oxfam. In September 2011, Bailey was announced as a contributing editor to British Vogue. She also writes a blog for

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)".

<i>Rush Hour 3</i> 2007 action comedy movie directed by Brett Ratner

Rush Hour 3 is a buddy cop action comedy film. It is the third installment in a series of American buddy cop action comedy films directed by Brett Ratner. The film is written by Jeff Nathanson based on characters created by Ross LaManna, and starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Youki Kudoh and Max von Sydow. Officially announced on May 7, 2006, filming on Rush Hour 3 began July 4 on location in Paris and Los Angeles. Released on August 10, 2007, the film received generally mixed reviews, but grossed a modest $258 million worldwide against a $140 million budget.

Usher (musician) American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor

Usher Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. He released his self-titled debut album, Usher (1994) but rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way (1997). It spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow", among top-two singles "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way". 8701 (2001) produced the number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad", as well as top-three single "U Don't Have to Call". It sold eight million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 and 2003.

Hey Daddy (Daddys Home) 2009 single by Usher and Plies

"Hey Daddy " is a song by American R&B singer, Usher. The song is the first single in the United States from Usher's sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond, following the buzz single "Papers". The song was written by longtime Usher collaborator Rico Love, Usher, Plies and The Runners and it was also produced by the Love and The Runners. The remix version of the song, featuring Plies, was released to radio stations on December 8, 2009, and subsequently available for digital download on December 15, 2009. A second remix was released, featuring Jadakiss, on February 5, 2010 with a different beat that samples the 1997 hit by Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz, "Deja Vu ".

She is represented by Models 1. [9]

Personal life

Noemie Lenoir at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Noemie Lenoir Cannes 2015.jpg
Noémie Lenoir at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

After a relationship with rapper Stomy Bugsy, she lived with[ citation needed ] international football player Claude Makelele. They have a son. The couple split in early 2009. [10] Despite widespread reports Lenoir was married to Makelele, she wrote a blog in 2009 clarifying their former relationship, saying: "I’m not and have never been married. I do have a son. I have a wonderful baby’s father and have a great relationship with him, however, I’ve been single for some time now." [11]

Stomy Bugsy French rapper

Stomy Bugsy is a French rapper and actor from Sarcelles, France.

Suicide attempt

On 9 May 2010, Lenoir was found unconscious, after a suspected suicide attempt in a park near her Paris home, by a man walking his dog. She was rushed to hospital where large quantities of drugs and alcohol were found in her system. [12] [13] [14] [15] She spoke about the suicide attempt in a February 2011 interview with Britain's Guardian Weekend magazine, admitting she had done "something really, really stupid". [6] Some have referred to the incident as a case in a "series of suicidal tragedies" ongoing in the fashion industry at the time, along with the suicides of Ambrose Olsen, Daul Kim, Tom Nicon, Hayley Kohle, and Ruslana Korshunova. [16]


She hosted a show on Trace TV for two years. She appears in all three Marks and Spencer Christmas TV adverts for 2009, broadcast in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. [17]


2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Chamandra Alain Chabat
2003Gomez & TavarèsGina Gilles Paquet-Brenner
2004 After the Sunset Mooré's girl Brett Ratner
Jeff et Léo, flics et jumeauxAnnaÉtienne DhaeneTV series (1 episode)
2006 The Valet Karine Francis Veber
2007 Rush Hour 3 GenevieveBrett Ratner
Gomez vs. TavarèsGinaGilles Paquet-Brenner & Cyril Sebas
2013What Ze TeufHerselfBenjamin EuvrardTV series (1 episode)
2014 Scènes de ménages IsabelleFrancis DuquetTV series (1 episode)
2015 The Transporter Refueled Maissa Camille Delamarre

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