Shalom Harlow

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Shalom Harlow
Shalom Harlow in 2007
Born (1973-12-05) December 5, 1973 (age 50)
  • Model
  • actress
Modeling information
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Hair colorDark brown[1]
Eye colorBlue[1]
AgencyIMG Models (New York)

Shalom Harlow (born December 5, 1973) is a Canadian model and actress. She began her career in the early 1990s and by the end of the decade was at supermodel status. In 2007, Forbes listed her as thirteenth in the list of the World's Top-Earning Supermodels.[2] She has also appeared in films such as In & Out (1997) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and hosted MTV's House of Style alongside fellow model Amber Valletta.

Early life and family[edit]

Harlow was born in Oshawa, Ontario, the daughter of Sandi Herbert and David Harlow.[3] Her mother named her Shalom (Hebrew: שלום), meaning "peace", used as a standard greeting in Hebrew. Her father held several jobs as a social worker, real estate agent, and financial investor, while her mother, Sandi Herbert, worked with developmentally disabled adults.[4] She grew up in a "hippie community just outside Toronto",[5] and the family often spent time at their family cottage, built by her great-great grandfather.[4] She has two younger brothers, Chris and Nathan.

Early on, Harlow took up ballet, which she later decided was not for her, as she claimed in a 2008 New York Times article, "My rebellious nature always comes out."[6] She instead became interested in tap dancing, as she enjoyed the noise it created.[6]


Harlow was discovered at age 17 while at a Cure concert in Toronto.[7] Since being discovered she has appeared on numerous magazine covers, editorials, in top runway shows and in movies. Shalom has been the long-time favourite model for many designers who found that her look worked well in both commercial and couture campaigns.

She became the first winner of Vogue/VH1's Model of the Year award in 1995.[8] In 1996 she co-hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow supermodel Amber Valletta.[9]

She was featured in finale of Alexander McQueen's No.13 (Spring/Summer 1999) collection held in September 1998 at a warehouse in London during the show she was spray painted in black and yellow by two robotic arms.[10][11] This has been called one of fashions most memorable and iconic shows because of the moment.[12][13] The moment has also been citied as an influence for Bella Hadid's spray paint dress at Coperni Spring 2023.[14][15]

In July 2007, she earned an estimated total of $2 million over the previous 12 months, with Forbes naming her thirteenth in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.[2]

Harlow contracted Lyme disease and black mould poisoning whilst living at a home in Big Sur in 2013, and experienced C-PTSD as a result of the illnesses.[16][17]

2018–present: Return to modelling[edit]

In September 2018, after a six year hiatus of runway modelling she returned at Milan Fashion Week for the Versace show.[18] After the runway show she was part of Versace's ad campaign for Spring/Summer 2019 shot by Steven Meisel.[16]

She was featured on the cover of Vogue Italia in December 2018 her first magazine cover since June 2012.[19][20]

In May 2023 she was featured on the cover of Vogue dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld shot at the Grand Palais alongside Adut Akech, Amber Valletta, Anok Yai, Devon Aoki, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Liu Wen, Naomi Campbell and Natalia Vodianova.[21][22]

Since the beginning of her career she has appeared on the cover of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, W, L'Officiel and Cosmopolitan. Harlow has also walked runways for Chanel, Dior, Prada, John Galliano, Fendi, Givenchy, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors and many more. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Chloé, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Lancôme, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gap and others.



Year Title Role
1997 In & Out Sonya
1999 Cherry Leila Sweet
2001 Head over Heels Jade
2001 Vanilla Sky Colleen
2002 The Salton Sea Nancy
2002 Happy Here and Now Muriel
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Judy Green
2003 I Love Your Work Charlotte
2004 Melinda and Melinda Joan
2005 Game 6 Paisley Porter
2006 The Last Romantic Christy Tipilton


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 House of Style Herself
2001 When I Was a Girl 1 episode
2004 The Jury Melissa Greenfield 3 episodes


Year Title Role
1995 Unzipped Herself
2013 Bettie Page Reveals All



  1. ^ a b c d (in English) "Model Profile of Shalom Harlow". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  2. ^ a b "The World's Top-Earning Models". Forbes. July 16, 2007. Archived from the original on August 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "Shalom Harlow Biography (1973-)". Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  4. ^ a b Voguepedia. "Models: Shalom Harlow". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  5. ^ Levy, Ariel (27 August 2001). "A Model Act". New York Magazine. Feature Article. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b Colman, David (3 February 2008). "Bang the Drums Softly". New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. ^ Dazed (2015-07-28). "Revisiting Shalom Harlow's legendary career". Dazed. Retrieved 2023-04-15.
  8. ^ ozzy (2023-06-07). "Shalom Harlow: Canadian Model and Actress". Fashion Republic Magazine. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  9. ^ "House Of Style: Episode 47". MTV. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  10. ^ Dazed (2022-12-14). "Legendary supermodel Shalom Harlow on life after THAT 1998 McQueen show". Dazed. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  11. ^ "5 spectacular fashion shows that made fashion history". Numéro Magazine. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  12. ^ "Show to Know: When Alexander McQueen's Robots Spray-Painted Shalom Harlow". Allure. 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  13. ^ Feb 10, Jael RuckerPublished; 2023 4:00pm (2023-02-10). "A Look at the 10 Iconic Fashion Shows That Altered Style History". Retrieved 2023-09-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ Parker • •, Ashley Joy (2022-10-01). "Bella Hadid Gets a Dress Spray-Painted on Her Body for Paris Fashion Week". NBC New York. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  15. ^ "Bella Hadid Had a Dress Spray-Painted on Her Bare Body at the Coperni Show in Paris". Harper's BAZAAR. 2022-09-30. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  16. ^ a b "Shalom Harlow Is Back, But She's Doing Things Differently This Time". InStyle. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  17. ^ "Shalom Harlow Is Just Happy to Be Here". W Magazine. 2022-09-06. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  18. ^ Okwodu, Janelle (2018-09-21). "'90s Supermodel Shalom Harlow Returns to the Runway at Versace Spring 2019". Vogue. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  19. ^ Eglon, Mark (2018-12-11). "After More Than 20 Years, Shalom Harlow Is Back on the Cover of Vogue Italia for December 2018". theFashionSpot. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  20. ^ Dunbar, Hawley (2023-01-12). "Shalom Harlow for Oyster #99 | Sidewalk Hustle". Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  21. ^ Ushe, Naledi. "Vogue honors Karl Lagerfeld on cover ahead of Met Gala, with Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2023-09-15.
  22. ^ "Vogue Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld". Vogue. 2023-04-11. Retrieved 2023-09-15.

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Preceded by Host of House of Style
1995-96 (co-host with Amber Valletta)
Succeeded by