Almudena Fernandez Biography 1977-
Born in Benavente, Spain in 1977, Almudena Fernandez moved to Madrid with her family when she was a young girl. A typical childhood replete with a love-filled home preceded her assent to the top of the modeling world. Just as she was completing high school, however, the normalcy of that childhood would end.
During her senior year of high school, Fernandez entered a Supermodel of the World contest. The grueling competition pitted Spain’s most beautiful teens against each other and, after all was said and done, she finished second. The recognition from this early success was huge, as the contest was sponsored by Spanish Elle. She used the good name of the magazine to enter the European version of the competition, finishing runner-up once again.
With these two high-profile feats, Fernandez set her sights on becoming a model. Her classic Spanish looks landed her early jobs with Lacoste, Herms, Olivier Strelli, and Alain Manoukian. During this modeling blitz, she decided to move to New York City in order increase exposure in the fashion world.
The change of scenery worked, as she landed her two biggest contracts to date, becoming the spokesmodel for both Carolina Herrera’s Aquaflore and Givenchy’s Organza Indecence. She then was able to do a ready-to-wear autumn/winter show in 2001 for Antonio Miro, Armando Basi and other designers.
As Fernandez continued to fill up her resume with work for Revlon, L’Oral, Kenneth Cole, Parasuco, and Victoria’s Secret, European and American fashion pundits began to give her that illustrious “supermodel” tag. Cover appearances in Elle and Cosmopolitan helped the rare name of “Almudena” become very familiar.
To boost her career even further, Fernandez began commuting from New York to Paris. The long hours in both cities meant many magazine appearances and work with famous names like Cartier and Gianfranco Ferre. This, along with her insistence on connecting with the media and her fans, translated into much positive publicity in the years post-2000.
A budding relationship with male model Antonio Macian has helped her stay rooted in the Big Apple of late, but no slowdown in work habits is on the horizon. Fernandez continues to do photo shoots with fashion’s elite brands and looks to penetrate the American market with her Spanish sensuality greatly in the coming years.