Shalom Harlow

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Shalom Harlow
Shalom Harlow by David Shankbone.jpg
Shalom Harlow in 2007
Born (1973-12-05) December 5, 1973 (age 48)
  • Model
  • actress
Modeling information
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Hair colorDark brown[1]
Eye colorBlue[1]
AgencyIMG Models (New York)
SAFE Mgmt (Paris)[2]

Shalom Harlow (born December 5, 1973) is a Canadian model and actress, one of the supermodels from 1990s who walked the runways with top supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Kate Moss.

She gained prominence as a fashion model in the early 1990s, and went on to appear on six American Vogue covers between 1993 and 1997. She has appeared in advertisements and on runways for fashion houses such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Versace.

She is considered an "anti-supermodel", and hosted MTV's House of Style alongside her friend and fellow model Amber Valletta. She has appeared in films such as In & Out (1997) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003).

In 2007, she was listed by Forbes as thirteenth in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Harlow was born in Oshawa, Ontario, the daughter of Sandi Herbert and David Harlow.[4] Her mother named her Shalom (Hebrew: שלום), meaning "peace" or "Hello" 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.[5] Her parents allowed her to experience growing up in a "hippie community just outside Toronto"[6] and the family often spent time at their family cottage, built by her great-great grandfather.[5] 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."[7] She instead became interested in tap dancing, as she enjoyed the noise it created.[7]


Harlow was discovered at a Cure concert in Toronto and started modeling straight out of high school.[citation needed] She has since appeared on numerous magazine covers, editorials, top runway shows, and in movies; she also co-hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow supermodel Amber Valletta. She was the long-time favorite model for many designers who found that her look worked well in both commercial and couture campaigns. She is the first-ever winner of Vogue/VH1's Model of the Year Award, winning it in 1995. Harlow is the spokesperson for Chanel's Coco fragrance.

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.[3] She has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, W, V, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. Harlow has walked the runways for Prada, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Anna Sui, Moschino, Gianfranco Ferré, Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Balmain, Max Mara, Chloé, Blumarine, Isaac Mizrahi, Hermés, Valentino, Dries Van Noten, Yves Saint Laurent, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, Jil Sander, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, and Viktor & Rolf. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Alberta Ferretti, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Versace, Jil Sander, Ann Taylor, Chloé, Isaac Mizrahi, Blumarine, Max Azria, Giorgio Armani, Nautica, Valentino, Nars, Jil Sander, Lancôme, Perry Ellis, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, Gap, and L'Oréal.

In September 2018, she returned to the runway at Milan Fashion Week for the Versace show.[8]





  1. ^ a b c d (in English) "Model Profile of Shalom Harlow". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  2. ^ "Shalom Harlow - Model".
  3. ^ a b "The World's Top-Earning Models". Forbes. July 16, 2007. Archived from the original on August 15, 2007.
  4. ^ "Shalom Harlow Biography (1973-)". Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  5. ^ a b Voguepedia. "Models: Shalom Harlow". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  6. ^ Levy, Ariel (27 August 2001). "A Model Act". New York Magazine. Feature Article. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b Colman, David (3 February 2008). "Bang the Drums Softly". New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  8. ^ "'90s Supermodel Shalom Harlow Returns to the Runway at Versace Spring 2019". 21 September 2018.

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