Eva Voorhees, born in Los Angeles, California, established a reputation in the late seventies and the eighties as one of the most captivating models of her time. With her soft, romantic face, deep green eyes and full lips, Eva’s Pre-Raphaelite appearance was unique in the fashion industry.
Eva started modeling out of high school in her native California, signing with Nina Blanchard, the sister agency to New York’s Ford Modeling Agency. At that time very few brunettes were successful models in Los Angeles. Soon, Eva met Eileen Ford, who was visiting California to meet Blanchard’s newest models. During their meeting, Eileen Ford stated to Eva that if she ever hoped to succeed as a model she would need to get editorial work for her portfolio. “Clients need to see tear sheets in order to consider a girl; you’ll need to move to New York.”
A week later Eva was in New York and sent on a succession of go-sees to introduce herself to the fashion industries top photographers, advertisers and magazine editors. Shortly after her arrival she met Richard Avedon, and within weeks was booked for Vogue. Thus she appeared in the U.S. edition of Vogue only three months after she first arrived in New York. This American Vogue debut attracted the attention of photographer Eric Boman, who immediately booked her for many British Vogue shoots. Though her exotic look could have limited her to European bookings, Eva never had to struggle elsewhere to get established; she was an overnight success in New York.
Eva went on to do many covers for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Fashions of The Times, Brides, Self, Linea, L’Official and was featured in numerous photography books. She also appeared in cosmetic advertisements for Avon, L’Oreal, Orlane, Revlon and Lancome. Other clients included; Dior, Valentino, DeBeers, Donna Karan, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, Genny, Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren and upscale department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. Avedon, Irving Penn, Albert Watson, Rico Puhlmann, Francesco Scavullo, Horst, Eric Boman, Gordon Munro and Chris Von Wangenheim are among the numerous photographers with whom she has worked.
Today, Eva is an archivist of the work of all the great models of the fashion industry; displaying her unparalleled collection of images here, her Supermodelicons website. With her substantial background in fashion, dedication for her work and deep sense of gratitude, it is no wonder Eva is recognized as the world’s most prominent fashion preservationist. Eva’s Supermodelicons is considered to be, “THE best source of information regarding the work of the women who made and make the world of fashion go round – then and now.”