American model and actress Stephanie Seymour is perhaps most recognized
for her long term association with Victoria's Secret. She has also
appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, Playboy, Elle, Vogue,
Cosmopolitan, and Self and has worked with many noted designers and
photographers, including Mario Testino, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and
Gilles Bensimon. On the acting front, one of People magazine's
“50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1994 and
Playboy's “100 Sexiest Stars of the Century” in 1998, the
brunette beauty played Helen Frankenthaler in the film
“Pollock” (2000) and guest starred as Sara Lindstrom in an
episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2002).
Seymour started dating John Casablancas, the head of Elite Model
Management, when she was 16 years old. At the time, Casablancas was
still married to model Jeanette Christjansen. The couple lived together
until Seymour broke off the relationship. Following a short lived
marriage to Tommy Andrews during 1989-1990, Seymour began a new
relationship with singer Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses in the mid 1991. She
appeared in the band's music videos for “Don't Cry” and
“November Rain.” They split up in February 1993 after
Rose accused Seymour of being unfaithful. Six months later, Rose sued
her for assaulting him during a 1992 Christmas party, for mental and
emotional abuse, and for withholding $100,000 worth of jewelry. He also
claimed that they were engaged. Successively, Seymour countersued Rose
for assaulting her and denied they were ever engaged. Following her
break up with Rose, Seymour initiated an affair with affluent
industrialist, businessman and entrepreneur Peter Brant, who was
married and the father of five children. They married in July 1995.
Seymour and Brant have three children (two sons and a daughter). She
also has an older son with former husband Tommy Andrews.
Childhood and Family:
Stephanie Michelle Seymour was born on July 23, 1968, in San Diego,
California. She is the middle child of a California real estate
developer father and a hairstylist mother. She began modeling when she
was a teenager.
Stephanie was married to guitarist Tommy Andrews from 1989 until they
divorced in 1990. The marriage produced one son, Dylan Thomas Andrews.
In December 1993, she gave birth to her second son, Peter Brant, Jr.,
who was fathered by then boyfriend billionaire Peter Brant. The couple
married later on July 14, 1995 in Paris, France. She gave birth to the
couple's second son, Harry Brant, in 1997 and to their their third
child and first daughter, Lilly Margaret, on October 28, 2004. After
almost 14 years of marriage, Stephanie filed for divorce from Brant in
March 2009. The couple have since reconciled.
At age 14, Stephanie Seymour began modeling for newspapers and
department stores in her local of San Diego, CA. In the following year,
she entered the Elite Look of the Year Contest. Although lost, Seymour
did win the attention of as well as the heart of Elite's head, John
Casablancas. She subsequently moved to New York to work for him at
Elite as a model.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Seymour appeared in print ads
for Jones New York, Hirshleifer's, Almay Make-Up,
Almay, Loreal and Versache, among others. She also appeared in
the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 1988, 1989 and 1991.
However, she did not experience a huge break until she began a long
partnership with Victoria's Secret. She appeared in Victoria's Secret
Catalog from 1992 to 2000. Seymour also posed for Playboy in
March 1991 and again in February 1993.
From 1995 to 1999, Seymour continued to appear in print ads for clients
such as Loreal, Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Paciotti Shoes,
Chanel, Versace Jeans and Louis Vuitton as well as in a television
commercials for Diet Coke. In 1998, she published a book,
“Stephanie Seymour's Beauty Secret's For Dummies.” She was
presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as
one of the “Modern Muses.”
Entering the new millennium, appeared in print ads for Victoria
Secrets' “Desire” model bra. The same year, she was ranked
No. 91 on the North American FHM's list of “100 Sexiest Women of
2000.” It was also in 2000 that Seymour made her feature film
acting debut on the biopic “Pollock,” starring Ed Harris as
the American painter Jackson Pollock. There she played the role of
Helen Frankenthaler. She followed it up with a guest stint as Sara
Lindstrom in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal
Intent” called “Crazy” (2002).
In 2006, Seymour appeared in a campaign for Gap with her children. The
same year, she also did print ads for Marc Jacob. Seymour was featured
on Salvatore Ferragamo's creative campaign for his fall/winter
2007/2008 collection, along with Claudia Schiffer. In 2008, she
appeared in print ads for Paris Chantelle Beyond Beauty Bra in 2008.
Along with supermodels Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Linda
Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, she appeared in a Mario
Testino photo shoot for the Vanity Fair magazine in September 2008.