Noemie Lenoir

Born: 19/09/1979 (43 yo)
Birth place: Les Ulis (France)

Citizenship : France
Ascendant : Other African
Ethnicity : Reunion island and Malagasy ancestry

Occupation : Fashion Model , Actress
Active Years: 1997-present


Noémie Lenoir is a French model and actress of mixed heritage. She is best known for appearing in top magazines such as Elle and Sports Illustrated, and modeling in advertisements for high fashion brands. She is known for her work with Gucci, L'Oréal, Next, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret, and Marks and Spencer. She has been featured in a line-up of the world's most successful black models by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.


Lenoir was born in Les Ulis, Essonne, France. Her mother comes from the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean and has Malagasy ancestry. Her father is a retired French electrician who later divorced her mother. Her family moved first to Gif-sur-Yvette and then to Versailles where she was discovered and started her career in modelling.


Growing up in a banlieue district near Paris, which she describes as a "ghetto", Lenoir was first spotted at the age of 17 in 1997 when she was approached by a Ford booker in a post office. She signed with L'Oréal in 1997, and has since appeared in their advertisements alongside Laetitia Casta and long-term model and actress Andie MacDowell. She has also worked for Victoria's Secret, Gap, Next, and many others.

Lenoir was the face of UK high-street retailer Marks & Spencer, for four years until Christmas 2009 and was seen in various British magazines and billboards alongside fellow models Twiggy and Laura Bailey. Lenoir returned to Marks & Spencer advertising in 2012 where she is seen "enjoying a selection of quintessentially British pastimes".

In 2007, Lenoir featured in the hit film Rush Hour 3 alongside actors Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. In 2009, Lenoir featured in the music video for Usher's single "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)". As of April 2011 she is represented by Models 1.

Personal life

After a relationship with rapper Stomy Bugsy, she lived with[citation needed] international football player Claude Makélélé of Paris Saint-Germain. They have a son, Kelyan Makélélé (born February 2, 2005). The couple split in early 2009. Despite widespread reports Lenoir was married to Makélélé, she wrote a blog in 2009 clarifying their former relationship, saying: "I’m not and have never been married. I do have a son. I have a wonderful baby’s father and have a great relationship with him, however I’ve been single for some time now."

Suicide attempt

On May 9, 2010, Lenoir was found unconscious, after a suspected suicide attempt in a park near her Paris home, by a man walking his dog. She was rushed to hospital where large quantities of drugs and alcohol were found in her system. She spoke about the suicide attempt in a February 2011 interview with Britain's Guardian Weekend magazine, admitting she'd done 'something really, really stupid'. Some have referred to the incident as a case in a "series of suicidal tragedies" ongoing in the fashion industry at the time, along with the suicides of Ambrose Olsen, Daul Kim, Hayley Kohle, and Ruslana Korshunova.

Websites & Social Networks

Modeling :   


  • AMT Models
  • Models 1
  • Option Model Agency - Zurich
  • DNA Model Management
  • Model Management - Hamburg
  • Elite Model Management - Amsterdam
  • Elite Model Management - Milan
  • Elite Model Management - Barcelona
  • Elite Model Management - Los Angeles
  • Elite Model Management - Paris
  • Elite Model Management - Cape Town


Ann Taylor Loft , Eileen Fisher , Gai Mattiolo , Gap , H&M , I-N-C , J-Crew , La Senza , Lejaby , L'Oreal , Marks & Spencer , New York & Company , Nordstrom , Ralph Lauren , Pantene , Style Beat , Swatch , Tommy Hilfiger , Victoria's Secret

Magazine Covers

  • Canada: 'Flare' - July 2000
  • France: 'Cosmopolitan' - September 2002; 'FHM' - May 2004; 'Cosmopolitan' - July 2004; 'Vogue' - June/July 2008; 'French Revue de Modes' - Spring/Summer 2011; 'Lurve' - Winter 2011
  • Italy: 'Amica'
  • Turkey: 'Madame Figaro' - August 2009
  • US: 'Trace' - May 2000; 'Untold' - May/June 2000; 'Sports Illustrated' - July(?) 2000; 'Town & Country' - May 2004

Fashion Shows

  • Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 1999 {Copperwheat Blundel}
  • Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 1999 {Girls Rule, Ralph Lauren, Susan Lazar, Vera Wang}
  • Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2000 {various designer}
  • Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 2000 {Balmain, Emanuel Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent}
  • Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2000 {various designer}
  • Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2001 {various designer}
  • Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 2001 {Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent}
  • Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2001 {various designer}
  • Haute Couture - Autumn/Winter 2001 {Balmain, Carlo Ponti, Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier}
  • Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2002 {various designer}
  • Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 2002 {Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent}
  • Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2002 {various designer}
  • Haute Couture - Autumn/Winter 2002 {Jean Paul Gaultier}
  • Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 2003 {Jean Paul Gaultier}
  • Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2003 {Vivienne Westwood}
  • Haute Couture - Autumn/Winter 2003 {Jean Paul Gaultier}
  • Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 2004 {Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier}
  • Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2004 {Balmain, Blaak, Hermes, Michel Klein}
  • Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2010 {Louis Vuitton}

Filmography :

  • Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (2002)
  • Gomez & Tavarès (2003)
  • After the Sunset (2004)
  • Jeff et Léo, flics et jumeaux (2004) – TV series
  • The Valet (2006)
  • Gomez contre Tavarès (2007)
  • Rush Hour 3 (2007)