Nadège Du Bospertus: forgotten supermodel


via fashioned by love | Nadege du Bospertus in ogue Italia September 1997 (photography: Piero Gemelli)
She walked miles of runaways. Her smile shone from pages of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire. She was a face of Chanel, Escada, Fendi, Strenesse, Levi’s and Missoni, just to name a few. Unique beauty, with dark skin and short hair, she was one of the supermodels, Gianni Versace’s and Giorgio Armani’s muse, and yet not many remember her name these days.

via fashioned by love | Nadege du Bospertus in Vogue Paris December 1989 (photography: Sante D'Orazio)
Nadège Du Bospertus was discovered in 1988, in Paris by a young photographer who sent her pictures to a modeling agency. She was 21. The offer was so tempting that she decided to stop studying economics for a year and try modelling instead.

via fashioned by love | vogue Paris April 1990 (photography: Tiziano Magni)
“If it works, I’ll stay and if not, I’ll go back to school”, she said. The school was soon forgotten as just four months later the French Greek girl found herself in LA shooting a shampoo ad campaign.

Her first magazine editorial was for the cover of the July 1989 issue of 20 ANS, photographed by Barbro Anderson.

via fashioned by love | Nadege du Bospertus in L'Officiel France March 1992 (photography: Jonathan Lennard)
One day she came to Milan for a fashion week. The driver turned out to be a charming Italian. So charming that she ended up spending an entire weekend with him. They fell in love and decided to stay together. Three months later Nadège realised that she was pregnant and 9 months later gave birth to their first son (they now have three, Luigi, Daniel and Mathias).

Her wedding was a fairy-tale dream. Carla Bruni was her made of honour and Christian Lacroix made the wedding dress.

via fashioned by love | Nadege du Bospertus
“I’ve never dreamed of being a model or an actress, but always – of being a mum, having kids and family” was her answer to a question why she decided to leave the world of fashion.
Nadège lives in Milan, with her beautiful family. She didn’t quit modelling, though. Apart from being a judge on Italia’s Next Top model, she also opened and closed the spring-summer 2009 Dsquared2 show in Milan. 

Photo sources: Vogue Italia September 1997 (photography: Piero Gemelli), Vogue Paris December 1989 (photography: Sante D'Orazio), Vogue Paris April 1990 (photography: Tiziano Magni), L'Officiel France March 1992 (photography: Jonathan Lennard)


  1. Actually I have discovered Her as co-presenter of a French TV show in the middle of the 90's, AND MUST confess that her uber captivating Beauty used to be a KILLing argument . . .
    I remember this "DSquared2" show too, (notably) with Fernanda Tavarès and Esther Canadas = a scalding Hot bunch of sculptural Arrogance !!!

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  2. Her face looked familiar to me, but not her name. What a beautiful story!

  3. Bien que je sois de la génération de Maya, je me rappelle très bien de la jeune Nadège ( si loin Des Bois Du Temple ). Big Kiss