Michelle Behennah (born 7 January 1977) is a British model who has been featured in all of the top magazines.
Michelle was born in Singapore, where her parents (since divorced) were living at the time. Her biological father is a former Hong Kong school principal, and her mother Rosemary has remarried and runs a B&B in France. The youngest of 3 siblings, Michelle relocated with her family to Sheffield, England, where Michelle grew up. That her mother remarried is important because she got her big break from photos that her stepfather, a photographer, had sent in for her.
Michelle won the contest and next entered the 1993 Ford Agency "Supermodel of the World" competition, where she was a finalist, along with now fellow model Magdalena Wrobel. Michelle moved to Paris, where she spent 7 years of establishing her name in the modeling industry. While there, she appeared in magazines such as Elle US, Glamour Italy, Vogue Italy and Spain, Mademoiselle, and Cosmopolitan.
Ever giving in to her wanderlust, in 1999 Michelle made the move to New York, where her career really took off and she was chosen for Victoria's Secret. She also modeled swimsuits for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, in 1999, 2000 and 2001, the last in which she practically steals the spotlight from Elsa Benitez and Molly Sims. In addition to her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair's inaugural body painting works as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.Those were peak which few models ever reach. In those days, she was a model for IMG in New York, Ford in Paris, Fashion Model Management in Milan, and Models One in London. That is just astounding success.
|Michelle Behennah, Vogue Spain, 1986.|
Michelle's resume includes advertisements for:
- Gloria Vanderbilt,
- Blue Marine,
- Ellen Tracy Company,
- Tommy Hilfiger,
- Hewlett Packard,
- Iceberg Jeans,
- J Crew,
- Nina Ricci, and
- Saks Fifth Avenue.
Michelle also walked down runways for designers including:
- Cynthia Rowley,
- Donna Karan,
- Emanuel Ungaro,
- Nina Ricci,
- Ralph Lauren,
- Salvatore Ferragamo,
- Chanel, and
- Thierry Mugler.
Michelle branched out into television appearances. She has been on MTV, where she appeared on Model Search and Fashionably Loud. She also hosted a Top 10 Music Show on VH1 and has appeared on Access Hollywood.and was a Mistress (doesn't that word sound so naughty) of Ceremonies for a GenArt fashion show.
Michelle remains a top model and a top world-class beauty.