Heather Stewart-Whyte

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Heather Stewart-Whyte
Born Heather Stewart-Whyte
(1968-09-25) September 25, 1968 (age 45)[1]
East Sussex, England
Residence France, New York, Hampstead[2]
Occupation Model
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Yannick Noah (m. 1995; div. 1999)
Dan Koonoo (m. 2001; wid. 2004)
Children 2 (with Noah)
1 (with Koonoo)[2]
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)[1]
Hair colour Brown[1]
Eye colour Green[1]
Measurements 34.5-24-33.5 (US)[1]
Dress size 8 (US), 38 (UK)[1]
Shoe size 10[1]
Manager Models 1[1]

Heather Stewart-Whyte (born 25 September 1968) is a British model. She is the former wife of Yannick Noah.

Early life[edit]

Born in East Sussex, England,[citation needed] She is the daughter of Doug Stewart-Whyte, a notable Tory Party activist, but was raised, along with her sister, by her mother. Her younger half-brother Don Stewart-Whyte, who was raised by Doug, was suspected of terrorism.[3][4] She was raised on an English farm.[1]

Career[edit]

Stewart-Whyte got her first modelling job by replying to an ad by Elite Model Management at age 17 after becoming a nanny. She did not begin modelling full time until age 21.[1] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Stewart-Whyte performed runway shows for Versace, Armani, Saint-Laurent and Lagerfeld. She also modeled for for Victoria's Secret, Christian Dior, and Maybelline.[1][5] Stewart-Whyte also landed magazine covers such as back-to-back September Vogue Paris in 1991 and 1992, and the British and Italian editions of both Elle and Marie Claire and French Elle.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Stewart-Whyte became Yannick Noah's second wife in 1995, but they divorced in 1999.[6] They had been married in Saussay.[2] At first Stewart-Whyte was awarded custody of their their two daughters in 2000, but after pregnancy-induced hospitalization during her second marriage to British record executive Dan Koonoo,[2] Noah gained custody of their two daughters.[6] Stewart-Whyte's son Stephane was born in August 2001 and Noah gained custody of the daughters in November.[2] Noah and Stuart-Whyte lived in Europe,[7] and custiody was adjudicated in the British Courts.[8] Daughters Elijah and Jénayé were born in 1996 and 1997, respectively.[9] She was stepmother to Noah's children from his prior marriage to Cécilia Rodhe: Joakim Noah and Yelena Noah.[9] In 2003, she complained in the press that Noah had not respected her court-ordered visitation rights with daughters Elyjah and Jennaye and that he was using them to promote his album, Les Lionnes.[8] She demanded that her children's faces be blurred in the trailer for a documentary film about Noah.[2]

In March 2004, she was reported as kidnapped in Paris with a $60,000 ransom demand by her mother and sister, but upon her reappearance, the French Police said that she had not actually been kidnapped.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Heather Stewart-Whyte". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Conradi, Peter and Brian O'Driscoll (2003-02-17). "Ex-wife Serves Tennis Star An Ace". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  3. ^ Rose, Derek (2006-08-12). "Beauty Tied To A Beast!. Top Brit Model Is Kin To Suspect". Daily News. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  4. ^ Cowell, Alan and Dexter Filkins (2006-08-11). "Suspect in Pakistan Said to Have Qaeda Ties". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  5. ^ "The sneering rebel before he converted to Islam". Daily Mail. 2006-08-22. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  6. ^ a b Keil, Braden (2007-04-19). "Sliding Doors". New York Post. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  7. ^ Brady, Erik (2004-03-23). "Star high school athlete becomes his own man". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  8. ^ a b "People: Noah criticized by ex-wife". The St. Augustine Record. Associated Press. 2003-01-21. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  9. ^ a b "About Yannick Noah". MTV. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  10. ^ Bremner, Charles and Marie Tourres (2004-03-18). "British model in Paris kidnapping mystery" (subscription required). The Times. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  11. ^ Barkham, Patrick and Marie Tourres (2004-03-19). "‘Kidnapped’ model found" (subscription required). The Times. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 

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