Shalom Harlow is a Canadian supermodel and actress. As a model, she has worked in fashion shows for such major designers as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and Isaac Mizrahi and appeared in a number of print ads and on magazine covers. She was also a spokesperson for Chanel's Coco fragrance. Her acting credits include Frank Oz's “In & Out” (1997, as Sonya), “Cherry” (1999), “Head Over Heels” (2001), “Vanilla Sky” (2001), “The Salton Sea” (2002), “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003), “I Love Your Work” (2003), “Melinda and Melinda” (2004) and “Game 6” (2005).
Harlow currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and is in a relationship with artist Dustin Yellin.
Childhood and Family:
Shalom Harlow was born on December 5, 1973, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Sandi Herbert and David Harlow. Her name means “Peace” in Hebrew and is often used as a greeting. Shalom studied ballet, jazz and tap dancing. She was discovered at a concert in Toronto and began modeling after high school. Shalom has younger brothers named Chris and Nathan.
In & Out
Shalom Harlow was spotted by modeling scout Anne Sutherland at a Cure concert in Toronto when she was 16 years old. It was not long before she went to Montreal to do her first photo shoot for an “Elle-Quebec” edition. With the hope of further pursuing her career, she moved to Paris and later settled in New York City, where she landed a co-hosting gig on MTV's “House of Style” with fellow model Amber Valletta. She was on the show from 1996 to 1997.
Harlow’s modeling career has flourished and she has appeared in ads for DKNY, L.A. Gear sneakers, Chanel, Gianfranco Ferre, Alberta Ferretti, Isaac Mizrahi, Escada Sport, Chanel's Coco Fragrance, Krizia, Loreal, BCBG Clothing, Versace Jeans, Louis Vuitton Handbags, Ralph Lauren Polo, and Jones New York, to name a few. She has also graced the covers of many publications and walked down the runways for noted fashion designers like Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Max Mara, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano and Donna Karan, among others. With an estimated earning of $2 million a year, Harlow ranked No. 13 on the “Forbes” list of “The 15 Top-Earning Supermodels in the World” in 2007. In 2009, she became the only model in a digital catwalk for Viktor & Rolfs’ spring/summer show.
In addition to working as a supermodel, Harlow made her film debut in the comedy “In & Out” (1997), which was directed by Frank Oz and starred Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon and Debbie Reynolds. In the movie, she played Matt Dillon's supermodel girlfriend. She went in to star as Leila Sweet in the comedy “Cherry” (1999), co-directed by Jon Glascoe and Joseph Pierson. Entering the new millennium, she was cast as Jade in Mark Waters' “Head Over Heels” (2001), opposite Monica Potter and Freddie Prinze Jr., worked with Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz in Cameron Crowe's “Vanilla Sky” (2001) and had an unaccredited part in the Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman romantic vehicle “Kate & Leopold” (2001). She then portrayed Nancy in “The Salton Sea” (2002), a film starring Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio that was directed by D. J. Caruso, costarred as Muriel in Michael Almereyda's “Happy Here and Now” (2002), and was cast as one of Matthew McConaughey's co-workers in Donald Petrie's “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003). She next worked with Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Coughlan, Jason Lee, Lake Bell, Vince Vaughn and Rick Hoffman in the psychological thriller “I Love Your Work” (2003), co-written and directed by Adam Goldberg. After making her TV acting debut in “The Jury,” where she played Melissa Greenfield in the episodes “Three Boys and a Gun” and “The Honeymoon Suite” (both 2004), Harlow portrayed Joan in Woody Allen's “Melinda and Melinda” (2004), Paisley Porter in Michael Hoffman's “Game 6” (2005, opposite Michael Keaton, Griffin Dunne and Robert Downey Jr.), and Christy Tipilton in “The Last Romantic” (2006).