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30 Unknown Facts About Daria Werbowy You Might Have Missed Before

Daria Werbowy
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Daria Werbowy, the official spokes-model for Lancôme, is famously known for her casual, folksy demeanor, and down-to-earth attitude, despite being one of the Top 10 highest grossing supermodels of the decade. She has worked with almost all the famous designers and had been in the ad campaigns of several multi-national brands. She was declared as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s, by the Vogue Paris. Here are some really interesting facts about Ukrainian-Canadian model that you probably didn’t know before:

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  1.  On September 6, 2008, she was inducted in to the “Canada’s Walk of Fame,” becoming the second model to receive this honor, only after Linda Evangelista.
  2.  She holds the record for opening and closing the most runway shows in one season, with 12 shows in the Spring 2004 campaign.
  3.  Taking a break from her modeling career, she spent three months sailing across the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, with her family and friends in the year 2008.
  4.  During the sailing trip, she broke her foot, when an engine fell on it, and was unable to immediately get back to modeling after the trip.
  5.  She achieved the two of modeling’s highest feats – being featured in the cover of Vogue Italia – three times, and being a part of the Prada’s Fall/Winter ad campaign, just in her very first season – Fall/Winter 2003.
  6.  Daria Werbowy was born on November 19, 1983 in Krakow, Poland, to Daniel and Anna Werbowy. She is the youngest of three children.
  7.  Her elder brother Orest Werbowy was featured along with her in the Vogue US editorial “Ticket to Paradise.” Her elder sister is Oksana.
  8.  When she was just three years old, her family moved to Mississauga near Toronto, Canada. However, none of the family members were able to converse in English.
  9.  Both of her parents are from Ukraine. Daria holds both Canadian and Polish citizenship. She currently resides in Cork, Ireland, since 2011. She also owns an apartment in New York City.
  10.  She attended Saint Sofia Ukrainian Catholic Elementary School followed by Casthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, where she studied visual arts.
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  12.  Daria had initially aspired to go to university to study art. Modeling was just a means for her to pay for her schooling.
  13.  In fact, she had never considered modeling as a career, but after meeting her schoolmate’s mother who was the head of Toronto's Susan J. Model & Talent Management, she got into the field.
  14.  At the age of 14, with the height of 5’ 11”, she started her career as a model, and spent around one year working for Susan J. Model & Talent Management, without much success, despite winning the national modeling contest.
  15.  She has been very close to her father since childhood, and considers him to be her best friend. It was actually her father who encouraged her to work as a model, even after her first professional bookings were unsuccessful.
  16.  It was in the year 2001, that she switched to Elite Models and moved to New York City. While she landed several prominent bookings in Canada, her international success was very minimal.
  17.  Still, her first runway season was disrupted and most of her bookings were canceled due to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 in New York City.
  18.  She moved to England and Greece for a brief period of six to eight months to find modeling work, but was not able to succeed. To make ends meet, she even worked as a sailing instructor briefly.
  19.  Following her father’s encouragement, she gave modeling another try, and successfully landed a modeling gig with Prada, which was the start of her flourishing international career.
  20.  She has been featured on the cover of several magazines such as the international editions of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, V, W, Marie Claire, Allure, Glamour, and Numéro.
  21.  In July 2007, Forbes listed Werbowy as the ninth highest-earning model in the world, reporting her earnings between June 2006 and June 2007 to be $3.5 million.
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  23.  She was ranked at #12 on the Forbes list of highest earning models, with estimated earnings of $4.5 million in the year 2015.
  24.  It has been reported that she was involved in a romantic relationship with Josh Hartnett for a very brief period in the year 2004.
  25.  They were introduced by former model and designer Jamison Ernest, at a private wedding, following which they were inseparable and were spotted together in several occasions.
  26.  Daria was the last model photographed by the legendary photographer Helmut Newton, before he died in a car accident in the year 2004.
  27.  It was said that during her shoot with the grass and the bed of nails, she had been down with the flu, so Helmut had kept a ten-foot distance from her, throughout the entire shoot.
  28.  Daria is an avid sailor, who dreams about sailing solo around the world in the “Volvo Ocean Race.” In the early 2011, she went on a two-month expedition from Guatemala, travelling around Central America to Costa Rica.
  29.  She fronted campaigns for Equipment, Salvatore Ferragamo and H&M, in the year 2015. The next year, she was featured on the cover of Grazia France December Issue.
  30.  She had been featured in the 2009 edition of the Pirelli Calendar photographed by Peter Beard, as well as in the 2011 edition, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.
  31.  She has a passion for photography and is said to have a shot published in V Man Winter 2009 "Taking Charge."
  32.  In the year 2008, she launched a three-piece makeup collection by Lancôme for Sephora, the proceeds of which went to the Vik Muniz charity Centrao Especial for underprivileged youth in Brazil.
  33.  Daria Werbowy Net Worth: $28 Million

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