Eva Voorhees

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.”

Eva Voorhees fantasticsmag interview

www.evavoorhees.com

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88 Responses to “Eva Voorhees”
  1. Damian Strait says:

    Hi Eva Voorhees,
    The first time I saw you I was 9 yrs on the cover of Cosmopolitan (Jan 1080?) with the purple background. I couldn’t stop staring at how beautiful you were and your lips and eyebrows just killed me! I scraped up my money and bought the magazine and still have it today. You are so beautiful !

  2. Eva Voorhees says:

    Hi Damian,
    That’s an incredible story, and even better memory! Thank you, you’re very kind to tell me this after all these years. :)

  3. Damian Strait says:

    Wow Eva..thank you for responding you made my day I can’t believe i’m communicating with you how cool is that! I just read your bio & interview (finally after all these years!). Its so funny and cool that you hail from Glendale, California – with your stunning looks Glendale was the last place I would have thought :)
    Hey Eva since I was a kid I thought you were so beautiful. But after reading your interview I discovered how much even more beautiful you are on the inside. I was left speechless at how humble, authentic, and kind you are! I truly believe you experienced success in the modeling world because your inner beauty radiated like a meteor light! Of course physically you are drop dead gorgeous and even more beautiful today!
    If I ever have a daughter one day I’m going to name her Eva after you :)

    Your friend,
    Damian

  4. eva voorhees says:

    I’m really not “from” Glendale-I never lived there-the hospital where I was born just happened to be in Glendale, but I am from the San Fernando Valley. I was the only one on my mother’s side born in the U.S.

    Thank you for your sweet words! I’m really touched you read the article, most people don’t get that far-but it’s easier to know someone if you take the time to read their stories.

    You could wait and name a child Eva, or do what I did, I have a little Chihuahua I named after my favorite man on earth: Johnny Depp! :)

  5. edward hazelton says:

    You go Valley Girl! LOL

  6. eva voorhees says:

    I love you EH, but you know that. :) xoxo

  7. Christopher says:

    My! What a WONDERFUL website you have going on here and I wish you SO much success in it! It is very exciting for me to see some of the greats from the last 30 years that you have taken the time to put on this website. I have spent the last couple of hours scanning through it and enjoying the rapport that you have with your visitors and the comments that you have made about the industry today.

    Having loved reading the magazines and pictures to be inspired from, I get excited nowadays when a spread (like the recent September Vogue issue) brings the supermodels back to the front, with contemporary models. The girls nowadays look much different than the glamour girls of your era, but mixing them up with the ladies of the past with the girls of today, makes me feel excited that in the industry there is still relevance in an older model being in a spread today. I wish Anna Wintour would have another creative pang, and bring models back to the covers.

    What is your opinion on the shows like America’s Next Top Model and Janice Dickinson’s Modeling Agency? Do you feel that in many ways they are over the top? I just feel like they foster a sense of false hope, because none of the American editions have produced a successful model.

    Loved looking at your personal page, and have recalled seeing you in magazines I have glanced through in archives in my old age of 35. You girls still inspire me. But so many of the greats are gone: Penn, Newton…their touch is missed, and you still look fabulous! Hope to see that face of yours in a spread soon, you still look like you have some snap left in your garter!
    xxo

    Christopher

  8. Eva Voorhees says:

    This will take a while to respond properly, but thank you for the nice comments. And thanks for realizing the work involved in this site! It took about 2 years to create, and I’ll always be adding models.

    It is terribly sad that most of the greats have passed. I’m so lucky to have had the chance to work with them. They were so kind, too. I’m really grateful for my career.

    I don’t watch those shows, I hate seeing young, impressionable girls screamed at and their self-esteem weakened. It’s really cruel, and so wrong to do that. The few occasions where one or two people were unkind to me have never been forgotten. As a rule, I think reality shows are just stupid overall. I don’t see the point in them, and when did we become so interested in others lives? I guess because some people have little going on in theirs, but I would love to do a reality show based on helping people-not belittling them. But no one would watch it! There would be no drama!

  9. Christopher says:

    I think the reality schtick, is an extension of the old Hollywood gossip columns from the days of Hedda Hopper and the obsession that fueled the film magazines, as these normal every day people were thrust into a spotlight by a studio system. Television has sadly been ruined by this reality bug…then again “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List” sucks me in every time, just because I adore her and enjoy watching how she proudly goes about making her living.

    I think the modeling industry is slowly changing in some respects, because it is not only healthy to see models who aren’t a size 0 (Crystal Renn for example) on a catwalk and in layout, but that you can still look fabulous as you age as well.

    Anyways, love the site…I’m sure you will hear more outta me :)

  10. Eva Voorhees says:

    Thanks Christopher-you’ll hear more out of me too! I have to answer in installments, that’s all. Just in the middle of things and
    snapping my garter… :)

  11. Hey eva just checking you out …. you look fantabulicious!

    C l e m i e

  12. Eva Voorhees says:

    Hi there! So nice to hear from you! I might be going down there in the next couple of weeks, I’ll let you know when if you’d like to get some coffee. :)

  13. Courthey says:

    AMAZING YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL ALL OF YOUR PHOTOS ARE MIND BLOWING WOW WHAT A GREAT MODEL YOU ARE TRULY LEGENDARY AN ICON IM A HUGE HUGE FAN HAPPY HOLIDAY’S MISS.EVA VOORHESS :=))

  14. Eva Voorhees says:

    :) You’re so sweet Courthey! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and support!

  15. Christopher says:

    Oh what fun it is to flip on through these pictures for inspiration!

  16. Eva Voorhees says:

    Thank you Christopher, it’s always nice to see you here. :)

  17. Linda Penner says:

    I am a huge fan of the models from the 70′s and the 80′s to present day. Most of all the images that you see i have collected when I was about 10years old to present day. There are alot of gorgeous models. Eva happens to be one of my personal top 10 models favorites of all time. That means from the 70′s to this day. Eva exemplifies elegance and beauty and almost an exoticness about her. She is warm and dedicated to her craft. Her images tell the whole story why she is one of my all time 10 top favorites. Covers of hers are extraordinary. Her eyes are piercing and she is just classy and elegant with a sense of calm and confidence. Is that not what true beauty is all about. Love Eva alot. She is such a devoted and compassionate woman and works hard on what she believes in. I admire her and she is one of my heros.

  18. Mindi K. Flook says:

    Wow, how gorgeous your photos are!! As being my “favorite”model , you were my inspiration as a young high school kid just trying to fit in..the makeup, the clothes , the attittudes in the covers of the magazines..honeslty helped me grow, gave me a motivation to be who I wanted to and needed to be..As a model I wonder if you knew what you were giving back, not just a beautiful face but in the sense of hope for young girls struggling to find their identity..Thank you Eva for this wonderful collection!! And yes a diversity of style!! And you look AMAZING, the newer shots are as gorgeous as the others..!!…Mindi..:)

  19. Eva Voorhees says:

    Why thank you young lady! ;)

  20. Edward says:

    SMILE!

  21. Edward says:

    1 word REDBOOK!

  22. Eva Voorhees says:

    Wow, all my best buds are here! Thank you darling EH! As you can see I’m a bit busy on FB spreading sunshine!
    Yes, must redo my album too, going down the alphabet currently, can’t wait until mason posts my 40 updates! I’m halfway there! (She said optimistically-it’ll be more than that!)

    Love you!
    xoxoxo

  23. mindi k. flook says:

    WOW WOW AND WOW!!! THE SITE , THE NEW PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AMAZING!! CONGRATS MY DEAR…AS ALWAYS FABULOUS!!
    MINDI!!..XO

  24. Donna Cormany says:

    I remember like it was yesterday, arriving at the Montana Hotel in ’82, near Vogue Studios and seeing you on top of the stairs! A vision of loveliness without a drop of makup. Thanks for the Paris memory. You are still just as exquisite.

  25. Nico says:

    Breathtaking! Omg! You look SENSATIONAL in the Fantastic mag! Wow, always a beauty! wow wow wow!
    xxxx

  26. Eva Voorhees says:

    xoxoxo Thanks honey!

  27. Linda Penner says:

    I just can not help I revisit Eva’s photos because she is timelessly classy and elegant and one of my all time fav models to this day. With her exotic looks, dark flowing hair and green eyes and chisled features it is no wonder she is a supermodel. However she is also a super woman who is caring and devoted and loving. I admire these qualities alot…LP

  28. Eva Voorhees says:

    You’re so kind, and a dear lady Linda! Thank you for that!
    xoxoxo

  29. Linda Penner says:

    Well here I am again today staring and enjoying the beauty of Eva. I back in the day had these photos on my wall wishing as a young girl I would grow up to be as beautiful as Eva. I had alot of wonderful and gorgeous images of all the supermodels back then most of which are on this wonderful site. There was something about Eva who has a goddess looking beauty,. Eva’s features are strong yet delicate. Her eyes seem to look right through to ones soul, her hair is beyond words —striking and deep and dark. Eva can come across as mysterious and then the all american girl from Ralph Lauren and so many other wonderful designers. Eva as the body most women would “kill” for but what is more important is that Eva is a real person. I used to stare at her and other famous models just looking at the outside magnificence of their beauty and always wishing. To this day I wish I look like Eva but over time I have learned to like what God gave me ( i was in the back of the line:)… She is the kind of woman that is strong, confident and above all kind and gentle and graceful. Do not be fooled by the outer beauty Eva is a tiger when she believes in something and is relentless to stick up for the underdogs. Bless you Eva

    Sincerely

    LP

  30. Eva Voorhees says:

    Oh, Linda! My goodness, such flattery! Thank you dear lady, although the body to “kill” for? I think you have me mistaken with a women with an actual body, mine is like a boys! :) But I don’t mind one bit. Can we have a chat soon? I’d love to talk to you.

  31. James Gomez says:

    Hi Eva! I was your greatest fan in the 80′s when i was a kid. Have all ur pics and covers from that time. Hope u get this message and email when u can so we can chat more. I also volunteer at animal shelter here in Grand Rapids, Mi. My email is :clayton87@hotmail.com
    I am on my space to. Emailing would probably be faster for me. Hope to hear from u. James

  32. candace robles says:

    Hi Eva! It was great meeting you today!
    –Candace

  33. Eva Voorhees says:

    Hi Candace, thank you, it was nice meeting you too!

  34. hotelgulf says:

    Hello Eva,

    I was lucky only once back the early 80′s. I was just out of school (Fashion Illustration at FIT), working at the Antique Boutique. You came in and we did a transaction for a pair pants. The best reward for years of seeing you in Vogue. My then, GF LIsa and I were always sketching you. She worked in gouache, myself in pencil. You’re a perfect example of the Fashion Figure…and quite kind as well. Thanks for the thrill! A NYC treasured memory from my crazy early E.Village days. Glad to see your photos posted!

    Regards,
    Herb G

  35. Eva Voorhees says:

    Wow, what a sweet comment! I am so touched you remember me after all these years. I am also happy to hear I was an inspiration for your talent, and your girlfriend’s. What was the store where we met? I loved the Village, East and West. They had great macrobiotic restaurants in both sections, so I spent so much time down there. It was my favorite part of NY, really. :)
    Thanks for being a sweetie, Herb!

  36. ronbaby13 says:

    Talk about a “moment in time.” Some years ago we worked together on a Bonwit Teller shoot in New Orleans. I was the local liaison who coordinated the locations and even drove the motor home. Winter clothes in a New Orleans summer. Yikes!

    I was the most envied guy in N.O. as all the models (and I) attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert in the Blue Room at the Fairmont Hotel. You had also remembered I commented on a pair of sunglasses I admired and gifted me a pair before you left town. What else do ! remember? You were easily one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen, and had a personality that was captivating. I can’t possibly tell you what caused your name to pop into my head tonight, but I’m delighted to have found you through the “magic” of the Internet.

    I’ve found it important in recent years to let people know they’ve had some impact on my life. I guess this was your turn. Nice to see you, even if it was in digital format.

  37. Eva Voorhees says:

    Wow, talk about a memory! Glad I was a good one in your life! I know all about telling the special people in your life how important they are-really, life is too short to think it doesn’t matter. It matters to me! Thanks so much for the lovely email.
    Thanks for the kind words, thank you for writing!

  38. Gal_Friday_101 says:

    You’ve always been one of my favorite models, looking timeless and romantic. To my aesthetic, the combination of dark hair and pale skin has always seemed such a devastating look. You, Brooke Shields, Jennifer O’Neill, Carre Otis, Gia,…it’s such a physically sumptuous and dramatic contrast, warmer and more mysterious than blonde. My favorite is the Spanish (?) influenced photo, with the red and black beaded bodice, drop earrings and flowers in the hair. What was that shoot for? Props to you : ) Very, very special!

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