Heather Stewart-Whyte

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Heather Stewart-Whyte
Born (1968-09-25) 25 September 1968 (age 50)[1]
East Sussex, England
ResidenceFrance, New York, Hampstead[2]
Years active1985–present
Yannick Noah
(m. 1995; div. 1999)

Dan Koonoo
(m. 2001; died 2004)
Children2 (with Noah)
1 (with Koonoo)[2]
Modelling information
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Hair colourBrown[1]
Eye colourGreen[1]
AgencyModels 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 the UK,[2] Heather Stewart-Whyte is the daughter of Doug Stewart-Whyte, a notable Tory Party activist, but was raised, along with her sister's, and 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]


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 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 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] Koonoo was known by many aliases, including Franck Ferrando and was an off and on prison detainee.[7][8] 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,[9] and custody was adjudicated in the British Courts.[10] Daughters Elijah and Jénayé were born in 1996 and 1997, respectively.[11] She was stepmother to Noah's children from his prior marriage to Cécilia Rodhe: Joakim Noah and Yelena Noah.[11] 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.[10] 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.[12][13] Ferrando/Koonoo died at the Marcel-Cerdan boxing gym in Noisy-le-Grand at the beginning of a boxing match in July 2004. At first the cause of death was described as a heart attack,[14] but was later determined to be a pulmonary edema.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Heather Stewart-Whyte". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 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. ^ a b Sellami, Stéphane (2004-07-14). "Le boxeur escroc est mort d'un oedème pulmonaire". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  8. ^ Robin, Maxime (2010-12-06). "L'ex de Noah, recherchée par la justice, continue son business". France Soir (in French). Archived from the original on 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  9. ^ Brady, Erik (2004-03-23). "Star high school athlete becomes his own man". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  10. ^ a b "People: Noah criticized by ex-wife". The St. Augustine Record. Associated Press. 2003-01-21. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  11. ^ a b "About Yannick Noah". MTV. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  12. ^ Bremner, Charles and Marie Tourres (2004-03-18). "British model in Paris kidnapping mystery". The Times. Retrieved 2014-09-15. (Subscription required (help)).
  13. ^ Barkham, Patrick and Marie Tourres (2004-03-19). "'Kidnapped' model found". The Times. Retrieved 2014-09-15. (Subscription required (help)).
  14. ^ Bardot, Alexandre with Frédéric Gouaillard and Julien Constant (2004-07-10). "L'escroc-boxeur meurt sur un ring". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 2014-09-23.

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