Internationally renowned supermodel Stephanie Seymour Brant received her first big break as a runner-up in the inaugural Look of the Year modeling contest. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Seymour moved to New York City to attend college and to pursue a career in modeling.
She appeared in several runway collections in Rome for the Spring 1985 season, and spent the summer working in Paris where she caught the attention of the couturier Azzedine Alaïa. Seymour and Alaïa got along famously. She became his muse and “adopted daughter,” and she often referred to the venerable designer as “papa.”
Richard Avedon, the legendary lensman, shot the raven-haired beauty for two of her five Vogue US covers, and years later, immortalized her visage in a series of campaign images for Versace, as well as an expansive editorial feature for Egoïst magazine exploring 100 Years of Parisian Fashion. Both series have since sold at auction.
Seymour catapulted to the top of the industry after appearing on the cover—her first of several—of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In addition to walking the international runways, most notably for Karl Lagerfeld’s early efforts at Chanel, and Gianni Versace, she was named one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels.
She has appeared on the covers of countless fashion magazines, including five for Vogue US, as well as the UK, Paris, Italia, Germany, and Spain editions of the same publication. Select Seymour covers include GQ, V, W, i-D, Numéro, Surface, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and The Sunday Times Style Magazine.
When the supermodel was named to People magazine’s list of 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, Avedon remarked that Seymour has the “perfect body.” In addition to her work with Avedon, Seymour has also worked with Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Arthur Elgort, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Tom Munro, Terry Richardson, David Sims, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Juergen Teller, Herb Ritts, and Helmut Newton.
Seymour has represented the world’s top design houses and cosmetics companies in numerous advertising campaigns, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Marc Jacobs, and Estée Lauder. The latter, a new prestige concept lensed by Sorrenti, is expected to be unveiled late 2014, and marks the modern icon’s first role as a spokesmodel for a beauty brand. Additional advertising campaigns featuring Seymour include Salvatore Ferragamo, Helmut Lang, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Sisley, H&M, Chantelle, Gap, Loewe, and L'Oreal Paris (hair care).
As a testament to her enduring charisma, Seymour appeared solo in Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fall 2008 communications campaign photographed by Sebastián Faena, Nathaniel Goldberg, and Jamie Isaia. POP magazine dedicated its entire Spring/Summer 2008 issue to Seymour, and showcased her vast archive of fashion editorials with photographers Lindbergh, Glen Luchford, Sølve Sundsbø, and Willie Vanderperre.
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As an actress, Seymour appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order,” and played the role of artist Helen Frankenthaler in the 2002 film Pollock. Seymour is a Contributing Editor at Interview magazine, part of Brant Publications, and often features artists and designers she admires.
Married to Peter M. Brant, Seymour has three sons, Dylan, Peter, and Harry and one daughter, Lily. With Brant, she has established The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, deepening the couple’s commitment to contemporary art education globally. Recently, Brant and Seymour worked to raise over $2 million for the Child Mind Institue, an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children (read the story here: http://bit.ly/1wlGkDW). Seymour currently resides in Connecticut and spends her summers with her family in the Hamptons. She is a passionate contemporary art and vintage haute couture collector.
The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, established in 1996 and designed by Richard Gluckman, promotes education and appreciation of contemporary art and design by making works available to institutions and individuals for scholarly study. The BFASC presents long-term exhibitions drawn primarily from the collection, and lends works to more than a dozen exhibitions per year. The collection is remarkable in that scores of artists are represented in depth, including some of their earliest works.
Nearly three decades into her career, Seymour continues to reign as one of the foremost “top girls.” Most recently, Seymour appeared on the cover of a special edition of Interview magazine photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and starred in Jason Wu’s Spring 2013 advertising campaign photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.