Noémie Lenoir

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Noémie Lenoir
Noémie Lenoir 2013.jpg
Lenoir at Paris Chocolate Show in 2013
Born (1979-09-19) 19 September 1979 (age 41)
Les Ulis, France
Modelling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Hair colourBlack[1]
Eye colourGreen[1]

Noémie Lenoir (born 19 September 1979)[3] is a French model and actress. She is known for her work with Gucci, L'Oréal, Next, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret, Balmain Paris Hair Couture, and Marks and Spencer. She has been featured in a line-up of the world's most successful black models by photographer Annie Leibovitz.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Noémie Lenoir at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival

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 European Frenchman[4][5] retired electrician who later divorced her mother.[citation needed] Her family moved first to Gif-sur-Yvette and then to Palaiseau where she was discovered and started her career in modeling.

Noémie Lenoir in 2015


Growing up in a banlieue district near Paris, which she describes as a "ghetto", Lenoir was first spotted at the age of 17 in 1997 when she was approached by a Ford booker in a post office.[6] 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[citation needed] 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".[7]

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)".

She is represented by Models 1.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Noémie Lenoir at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

After a relationship with rapper Stomy Bugsy, she lived with international football player Claude Makélélé. They have a son. The couple split in early 2009.[citation needed]

Suicide attempt[edit]

On 9 May 2010, Lenoir was found unconscious, after a suspected suicide attempt in a park near her Paris home, by a man walking his dog. She was rushed to hospital where large quantities of drugs and alcohol were found in her system.[9][10][11][12] She spoke about the suicide attempt in a February 2011 interview with Britain's Guardian Weekend magazine, admitting she had done "something really, really stupid".[6] Some have referred to the incident as a case in a "series of suicidal tragedies" ongoing in the fashion industry at the time, along with the suicides of Ambrose Olsen, Daul Kim, Tom Nicon, Hayley Kohle, and Ruslana Korshunova.[13]


She hosted a show on Trace TV for two years. She appears in all three Marks and Spencer Christmas TV adverts for 2009, broadcast in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.[14]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Chamandra Alain Chabat
2003 Gomez & Tavarès Gina Gilles Paquet-Brenner
2004 After the Sunset Mooré's girl Brett Ratner
Jeff et Léo, flics et jumeaux Anna Étienne Dhaene TV series (1 episode)
2006 The Valet Karine Francis Veber
2007 Rush Hour 3 Geneviève Brett Ratner
Gomez vs. Tavarès Gina Gilles Paquet-Brenner & Cyril Sebas
2014 Scènes de ménages Isabelle Francis Duquet TV series (1 episode)
2015 The Transporter Refueled Maissa Camille Delamarre
2018 Alad'2 The stewardess Lionel Steketee
2020 Qu'est-ce qu'on va faire de toi, Maman ? Anne Roumanoff Filming
Capitaine Marleau Josée Dayan TV Series (1 Episode)


  1. ^ a b c "Noemie Lenoir" Fashion Model Directory
  2. ^ "Noemie Lenoir - Model".
  3. ^ "Noémie Lenoir", 18 March 2009, NRJ (in French).
  4. ^ Image
  5. ^ Rey, Sola (27 November 2014). "Model: Noémie Lenoir". Sola Rey. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Noémie Lenoir: 'Last May I did something really stupid'", 19 February 2011, The Guardian
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Models 1: Noemie Lenoir – Portfolio". Models 1. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  9. ^ Hodge, Katie; Clarke, Josie (13 May 2010). "M&S model Noemie Lenoir recovers after 'suicide bid'". The Independent.
  10. ^ "Marks and Spencer's model Noemie Lenoir 'attempts suicide'". The Telegraph. 12 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Model Noemie Lenoir Attempts Suicide in Paris". Indiavision news. 12 May 2010. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  12. ^ news=386 "Top model Noemie Lenoir 'attempts suicide' in Paris", Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Why are so many models attempting suicide? Lives of top catwalkers fraught with pressure: experts", NY Daily News, 18 May 2010.
  14. ^ isk8uk. "Marks & Spencer Christmas Advert 2009" – via YouTube.

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