Birth Name: Francesca Rayder
Birth Date: January 26, 1975
Birth Place: River Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Height: 5' 10"
Francesca Rayder was born on January 26 1975, in River Falls, Wisconsin, a small college town near the Minnesota border. She grew up in the same community and never even thought of becoming a model. As a teenager, she went to Minneapolis, the closest big city to her hometown -- a move that would forever change her life. She was approached by a model scout, who knew she'd be extremely successful if she went into the fashion industry.
Her big break came in 1992, when she met legendary photographer Steven Meisel. At first glance, Meisel fell head over heels in love with her beautiful appearance and cheery qualities. Meisel was so interested in the teenager's outstanding persona that he immediately booked her for a photo session, the first of many together. These first photos not only ended up in Italian Glamour magazine but she also made the cover. This was the big break she needed and it allowed her to go to Miami Beach, New York, Paris, London, and Milan, working for agencies such as Company, Women Model Management, Page 305, City Models, Take Two, Storm, and Why Not.
This hot, new commodity was chosen to appear in print advertising for companies like Givenchy, Valentino, Lagerfeld, Extè, Chanel, Celine, Eres, Gucci, J. Mendel, Mondi, Dolce & Gabbana, Dia, Versace, DKNY, Jitrois, Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger. In New York, she strutted her stuff on the catwalks for designers such as Anne Klein, Matthew Williamson, Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, and Michael Kors. In Paris, she modeled for such notable fashion houses as Chanel, Lagerfeld Gallery, Celine, John Galliano, Rochas, Martine Sitbon, Christian Dior, and YSL Rive Gauche. She has also worked in Milan for Fendi, Versace, Mila Shön, Cerruti, Alberta Ferretti, Dsquared2, Missoni, Byblos, Extè, and Amaya Arzuaga. Other companies she has worked for include Jeremy Scott, Alexander McQueen, Versus, Stella McCartney, Blumarine, Chloe, Givenchy, Marni, Viktor & Rolf, Moschino, La Perla, Roberto Cavalli, Costume National, and MaxMara. She also posed for a number of magazines, such as Elle, Vogue, The Face, Photo, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, Rebel, British Marie-Claire, Arena, British Elle, Flair, and Numéro. She has also been on the cover of Nylon as well as the Italian, Spanish, German, French, British, and American versions of Vogue.
Frankie soon caught the eye of Victoria's Secret and took part in their annual fashion show from 2000 to 2002.
Unlike others in her chosen profession, she doesn't nurture cinematic ambitions but she did play herself in Zoolander (2001) with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, for our viewing pleasure.
Frankie Rayder Filmography
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2003) .... Herself (Model)
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2002) .... Herself (Model)
Zoolander (2001) .... Herself
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