Melissa Baker (born October 6, 1987) is an American model who has achieved great success in Victoria's Secret and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
|Ever wonder who was on those boxes? Wonder no more! It's Melissa Baker.|
Melissa is of Greek extraction, was born in Akron, Ohio, and grew up in suburb Cuyahoga Falls (you know, as in the Pretenders' "My City Was Gone"). Melissa has a background of competitive athletics, spending six years competing in gymnastics before turning to modeling at age 17.
Melissa Baker has a dog and likes to horseback ride. She appeared in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, being photographed in St. John, Virgin Islands.
Baker's clients have included:
- McDonalds, and
She appeared on the cover of Bridal Magazine. She also has been photographed by some of the best in the business, including:
- Terry Richardson,
- Sylvia Krivickova,
- Richard Phibbs,
- Raphael Mazzucco,
- Antoine Vergas, andddd
Melissa Baker has appeared in V and Maxim, and walked for the Malan Breton Spring 2009 Runway collection during New York Fashion Week.
Melissa has a twin brother, Brandon. However, he doesn't appear on any L'Oreal boxes.
Incidentally, Melissa's association with L'Oreal had another impact beside getting her face into Walmarts around the world. She was part of a class action brought by a group of models in New York Supreme Court in 2013. The models sued seven model management companies, two advertising firms, L'Oréal USA Inc. (the American counterpart of the world's largest cosmetics and beauty company) and Procter & Gamble. Melissa and the other models claimed that the defendants breached their contracts by failing to compensate the models for the repeated use of their photos - for instance, the model might sit for one campaign, but then the defendants would use the pictures for other purposes that had not been approved. No word on what happened to that suit, but they generally settle for good money.