By  on August 10, 2007

Our eco-chic cover girl redefines the model lifestyle.

One glance at 5-FOOT 11-INCH Daria Werbowy and it’s clear why she is one of the most sought-after models in the world.

With legendary feline features, not to mention a figure of mythical proportions (34-24-34) and a sexy, tousled mane, the face of Lancôme has graced the cover of every major fashion magazine in the past four years.

But the 23-year-old Ukrainian beauty who was born in Warsaw and raised in Mississauga, Canada, almost didn’t make it.

Arriving in New York City during its darkest hours post-9/11, a just-out-of-high-school Werbowy took a stab at modeling. Despite following advice to cut her hair and bleach it blond, she couldn’t gain a foothold. After some months, Werbowy packed her bags and headed for Europe. Living in Paris for five months and London for three before traveling to Greece for a few weeks and Germany for a few more, she returned to America broke and without prospects.

“I had spent my life savings, $5,000 from my days as a sailing instructor,” she recounts, “so I decided to go back to art school.”


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