Nationality: French born
Ethnicity: Her father is French European and her mother is from the Madagascan island of Réunion.
She speaks English and French.
Noémie Lenoir (born 19 September 1979 in Les Ulis) is a French model and actress of mixed heritage. 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-Yvetteand then to Palaiseau where she was discovered and started her career in modelling.
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”.
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
The island has been inhabited since the 17th century, when people from Europe (mostly France), Madagascar and Africa settled there. Slavery was abolished on 20 December 1848 (a date celebrated yearly on the island), after which indentured workers were brought from South India, among other places. The island became an overseas department of France in 1946.
The local language, spoken by the majority of the population, is Réunion Creole. The official language is French.
Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas departments of France. Like the other four overseas departments, it is also one of the 27 regions of France, with the modified status of overseas regions, and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland. Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, a part of the Eurozone.
Not much is known of Réunion’s history prior to the arrival of the Portuguese in the early sixteenth century. Arab traders were familiar with it by the name Dina Morgabin. The island is possibly featured on a map from 1153 AD by Al Sharif el-Edrisi. The island might also have been visited by Swahili or Malaysailors.
The first European discovery of the area was made around 1507 by Diego Fernandez Pereira,Portuguese explorers, but the specifics are unclear.
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 was represented by Models 1.
With Leonardo DiCaprio above
Different artists rendition of her beauty.
Noémie Lenoir’s Mother
Noémie Lenoir’s baby picture with her beautiful parents.