Ines Sastre was born the 21st of November 1973, in Valladolid, Spain. Her film career all started when a 12-year-old Ines went to audition for a fast-food commercial with a friend of hers.
She was cast in the commercial, which led to her film debut. It was hard not to notice the hazel-eyed brunette, and director Carlos Saura sure took notice. He knew she’d be perfect for the role of Elvira in the 1987 film, El Dorado.
Just as her career as an actress was beginning to take off, Ines won Elite’s “Look of the Year” contest. Showing that beauty does not go further than brawn, Ines chose to continue with academics and put her modeling career aside.
Her refusal to sign the modeling contract with Elite and instead receive her university degree from La Sorbonne is a condemnable act; Ines, however, did not have much to worry about, as she had a string of opportunities lined up for her after graduation.
In the meantime, the Spanish beauty did appear in several movies. She landed the role of Giovanna in 1988’s Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia and played Beatrice in 1990’s Fuga dal Paradiso (Escape from Paradise).
Once she received her university diploma, Ines went back to work full-time as an actress and model. In the world of acting, she appeared in such films as Al di la delle nuvole (Beyond the Clouds) and the American romantic comedy Sabrina, starring Harrison Ford. Ines also starred as herself in a documentary about the film Beyond the Clouds.
Proving that she had talent as an actress, Ines also proved that she could make it as a model. Her work in commercials for names like Rodier and Max Factor, and ads for American Legend, Ann Taylor, Bally, J. Crew, and J.P. Tod’s, paled in comparison to the heavy duty contract she received in 1996.
Ines signed a 3-year contract with Lancôme, becoming the next face for its fragrance “Trésor”, a title model/actress Isabella Rossellini had previously held. Signed with Next in New York City and in Paris, Ines has also strutted her stuff down the runways for designers such as: Hervé Leger, Jean Paul Gaulthier, Mulberry, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, and Fendi.
She has also graced the cover of Elle (France, Spain, Argentina, Australia, and Sweden editions), Glamour, Vogue (Spain, Australia and Holland editions), just to name a few.
Additional accolades for her beauty are the Natural Beauty trophy, which Ines received at the 1997 Fashion Awards in Paris, and her appearance in the 1997 Pirelli calendar, which is truly a great honor in the fashion industry. Just look at Laetitia Casta — a past Pirelli calendar girl that has enjoyed the benefits of success.
Ines has also appeared in films such as Il testimone dello sposo (The Best Man), Le Conte de Monte-Cristo and Estela Canto, un amour de Borges.. When not modeling and acting, she is a UNICEF ambassador, while she enjoys horseback riding, playing golf and swimming on her free time.
Presently living in London, the Spanish/English/Italian/French speaking beauty will next be seen in the film Vidocq, to be released in 2001.
Ines is one of the few women today that made the switch from actress to model, as opposed to the regular model-turned-actress we’re accustomed to seeing. Her presence in the fashion industry was probably inevitable since, besides her stunning appearance, her mother is the publisher of the Prada catalogue.
She has made admirable choices in her career — most notably her dedication to her education. With her continuous work as an actress whose star is only on the rise, Ines is a supermodel with a head on her shoulders — albeit a very pretty head.