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You Will Do Anything For Frankie Rayder

A certified supermodel who has been walking catwalks for years, Francesca “Frankie” Rayder is an American model who performed in many runway shows and has been featured in numerous print ad campaigns. She has an extensive portfolio of covergirl appearances for numerous high fashion magazines.

Francesca Rayder was born on January 26 1975, in River Falls, Wisconsin, a small college town near the Minnesota border where she was known as Heidi Rayder. As a teenager, she went to Minneapolis, the closest big city to her hometown, a move that would forever change her life. She was approached by a model scout, who saw in an instant what all of us know by now: if she went into the fashion industry, she’d be extremely successful.

Her first major success came in 1992, when she met photographer Steven Meisel. Meisel booked her for a photo session, which became the first of many. Frankie’s first session were soon featured in the magazine Italian Glamour. Other magazine appearances include British Marie-Claire, Photo, Allure, The Face, Flair, and Rebel. On the advertising front, she’s worked for Celine, Chanel, Dia, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Eres, Ext, Gap, Givenchy, Gucci, J. Mendel, Jitrois, Lagerfeld, Mondi, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, and Versace.

She made her Paris runway debut on the 1997 fall runway for designers like Chanel, Christian Lacroix, and Dries van Noten. This was the big break she needed and it allowed her to go to Miami Beach, New York, Paris, London, and Milan, working for agencies such as Company, Women Model Management, Page 305, City Models, Take Two, Storm, and Why Not. In 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003 she graced Victoria’s Secret fashion shows.

In the early 2000s, GQ named her the Sexiest Woman in the World. Frankie did a cameo role in the 2001 movie Zoolander with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. In the September 2010 issue of C magazine, Frankie is featured with a group of women friends known as “The L.A. Ladies Choir” which meets at her and Flea’s house in Los Feliz.

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