Elaine Irwin (born August 26th, 1969) is an American model, perhaps best known as the face of Almay Cosmetics, and Ralph Lauren. Elaine was born in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. At age sixteen, she left home to pursue a modeling career. After her photo appeared in Seventeen Magazine in 1985, the Boyertown honor student and varsity letter-winner in track and cross country was a much sought-after face for magazine covers, advertisements and commercials.
In 1989, she appeared in the band New Order’s video Round & Round. Within a few years, she graced the cover of dozens of fashion magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self and Elite, and Richard Avedon photographed her for the cover of Vogue. She made her move onto the runway for Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein, and soon became a favorite subject of photographers like Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel.
The model, and mother of two, made history on May 27th, 2001 when she became the first woman to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500. She was also an at-large delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She has since returned to modeling, was most recently featured in V Magazine, in addition to W magazine’s 40th Anniversary issue.
Off-duty, Elaine collects modern mid-century Danish furniture, and owns a store in Los Angeles, and another in Indiana, called Dragonlaine.