“The hocus-pocus that happens in front of a camera is an observable and distinct phenomenon, but very hard to describe. As I watch her being photographed, it occurs to me that it’s like the beauty of math, the art of fractions. She can curl her lip in 7,000 different ways, and it’s somehow riveting. One of the biggest misconceptions about modeling is that its practitioners are required merely to show up and look pretty. In reality, a great model has opinions and style and ideas all her own, plus a desire to participate in the creative process. Evangelista, as everyone who has worked with her will tell you, has got the killer instinct.”
Jonathan Van Meter
- “She’s legendary – there’s not going to be many like her, ever.”
LINDA EVANGELISTA: Who do you most admire?
PEDRO ALMODOVAR: There are many directors I admire: Scorcese, for exemple, and I very much like Tarantino - his films are fantastic. I would like to work with Harvey Keitel and Barbara Hershey, but I would also like to work with you, Linda. You would make a wonderful housewife. There would be no point in casting you as a top model, that would be meaningless. I would like to cast you as a regular sub-urban housewife with problems. You know, with a sexy, beautiful girl like you, the audience wants to see you are human, so I would show your suffering, and show that just beautiful doesn't mean you have no soul or pain.
(Elle 1996, Linda Evangelista interviews Pedro Almodovar)