|Susan Eldridge in Glamour Italia, September 2007..|
Susan Eldridge (born October 7, 1979) is an American model famous for her waifish look which made her look at least ten years younger than she was. She also happens to be one of the most popular models on this site - which I definitely was not expecting.
Susan appeared in a memorable commercial for Victoria's Secret and did a lot of other fine work, particularly for Tommy Hilfiger.
Susan is from Santa Clara, California. She took part in the Model Search contest in Seattle, Washington.
This experience led Susan to move to New York and sign with Elite Model Management. It was a fateful decision.
What resulted was an iconic career that provided Susan Eldridge with a lot of provocative pictures that were unique and distinctive.
In fact, looking at Eldridge's pictures now, you see just how original and pointed they were in terms of creating a unique youthful look.
There is no question that Susan Eldridge artfully combined innocence with sexiness.
She could look lost and alone.
Susan also could give an older, haunted look.
|Susan Eldridge (Sean Thomas).|
However, Susan could look quite ladylike when she so chose. All in all, Susan Eldridge was one of the most versatile models of her time.
Susan's covers include
- Spain: 'Vogue' - August 2004
- UK: The Face - January 2004; 'Elle' - March 2005
- Russia: 'Vogue' - August 2004
- US: 'Self Service' - Number 4
Susan is famous for being the muse of famed photographer Terry Richardson, who of course remains one of the most renowned photographer in the business (ok, maybe not "of course" the most renowned, but you have to admit he's pretty prominent).
|A backstage shot of Susan.|
Susan also has worked with Ellen von Unwerth, Mario Testino and other big-name photographers you probably have heard of.
Susan and Terry Richardson were dating at one time, but apparently broke up around 2004. He took some of Susan't most provocative pictures.
|This is Susan Eldridge from 2010 and taken by Terry Richardson (terrysdiary.com).|
While Susan and Terry were together, they produced some of the most intriguing shots of the era. Terry and Susan have worked together since then, too, apparently.
|Susan Eldridge in "Numero" 2009 (Susan Collins).|
However, there is nothing very recent that I can find of Susan.
|Showcard for Paris, Fall 2010 (cropped).|
However, there is no word on whether Susan has retired. As MacArthur said, old soldiers don't die, they just fade away.
Susan always kind of blurred the lines... if you know what I mean. Anyway, if you don't, look up the Blurred Lines video (which she wasn't in) and you might get some idea.
Susan kind of straddled milieus. In a good way. Very free-spirited.
|Glamour Italia, September 2007.|
So free-spirited, in fact, that I can't show you Susan's best work. You may ask, why is that? Again, recall the video and you'll get an idea. I think she called her style a "California vibe." Whatever it was, it worked. In a word: edgy.
|Susan Eldridge + Terry Richardson = Whirlwind Heat.|
I would call her look "natural."
Or perhaps perky.
There is a very strong tendency in some people to want to psychoanalyze Susan Eldridge, to try to read into her murky past the sources of her later... decadence. It's a fun parlor game. But only she knows what made Susan tick.
Susan kind of disappeared for awhile after she broke up with Terry. Perhaps it was a kinder issue (I like to show off with obscure foreign language references).
Susan then made a bit of a comeback in 2010-2011, walking in the really big shows again. Unfortunately, though, she did not last long. She disappeared, or, as the charming phrase goes, went down the road. Since then, Susan has lowered her profile once more to virtual invisibility.
There may be a very obvious reason for that. Let's be real: modelling is a tough, cut-throat business. It's ridiculously hard to pull off the youthful look as you push 40. There are simiple realities of life. Heck, most models can't pull off the young and innocent look when they're 20. But while they can - it makes an impact. And Susan did it for as long as just about anyone possibly could, into her thirties.
Susan has two or three children (maybe more at this point) and still models (maybe - who knows?). It is tough to get recent information on Susan Eldridge. Some models like their privacy. No reason to dig too deep for stuff like that. If Susan Eldridge makes a splash again, we'll know.
Anyway, Susan still has fans and always will. I'm sure they wonder what's up with her. If she ever wants to raise her profile again, she'd make a lot of folks happy rather than stalking the streets of Lonelytown.
We wish Susan well, wherever she is and whatever she is doing.
Susan Eldridge apparently took the picture on her 2009 model card, below, herself. She still had that impish look. This was for New York.
|A show card.|
|Another model card.|
|Harper's Bazaar Japan September 2007, "Winding Road" (cropped) (Hiroshi Kutomi).|
|Marie Claire UK September 2007, "All Dressed Up" (Tierney Gearon).|
|Susan Eldridge in Numéro #51 (March 2004) Title: Les Sucettes à L'anis. Photographer: Dusan Reljin.|
|Glamour Italia, September 2007.|
From an old bio of Susan Eldridge:
She stands at 5'10" (177cm) tall, with brown hair and blue, green or brown eyes, depending on who you ask - we'll just refer to them as "hazel," to keep things simple. Her early years were difficult, she and her five siblings were left homeless in Santa Clara, California after their parents moved to Utah, leaving all seven children to fend for themselves. Susan lived in garages and helped her older brother raise their four younger siblings until she was seventeen years old. By the age of twenty, she was unhappily married to a man "who was not very nice." Finally, Susan made the decision to leave her job at American Express, after she attended the National American Model Search in Seattle, Washington - where more than a few agencies fought to get her signed. She has since appeared on the covers of numerous issues of Vogue, in the United States as well as abroad. In 2004, she posed nude on the cover of The Face magazine alongside music star Pharrell Williams. She has appeared in shows for DKNY, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Miu Miu, Sonia Rykiel and many more - Marc Jacobs himself has cited her as his muse. She has campaigned for Paul & Joe, Bebe, Sisley, Custo Barcelona and Sportmax, among others. In 2004 she was given a contract with Victoria's Secret, joining the likes of Gisele, Tyra and Heidi. She famously dated super-snapper Terry Richardson, who is famous in the fashion world for his womanizing ways as much as for his provocative photography. The pair split in 2004.
Below is a model card of Susan Eldridge.
|Another Susan Eldridge model card.|
This is a bio from Susan's old website, which is no longer there:
Susan was born into a large family in California, and grew up in Highland, Utah. She married not long after high school to Ben Eldridge. They worked together at American Express and they both transfered to Washington. Later Susan shed the husband and the job, but kept the name. :^)
Friends who knew her when she was younger say she was very sweet and a fun friend.
Below is an old interview from 2004, of uncertain source (maybe tommy.com aka Tommy Hilfiger), it's been kicking around online ever since then. Take it for what it is worth.
Home town: Santa Clara, CA
Where are you living?
When did you first model for Tommy?
Any celebrity crushes?
Favorite Tommy must-have?
Pin stripe miniskirt
The White Stripes
What movies do you love?
Natural Born Killers, The Piano, Fight Club, Kalifornia, Almost Famous, Virgin Suicides
What will you be when you grow up?
Will you ever grow up?
I will always be young because my soul and mind are just that way, I don't think that will ever change.
Who's your best friend?
My boyfriend, Terry
Where are you two hanging?
In the garden, on our bikes, and looking around the city for things we like to see. Sometimes we just chill for hours at my place or his, talking, reading, watching films, and listening to rock 'n' roll.
Plans for this Fall?
Living in the moment, but keeping the future in mind, I am always trying to do the things that will make tomorrow better, and more productive in a way that will make me feel happy, because when I am happy, people around me are too and I am more productive and that is important to me
What are you into?
Action or Comedy?
Walk or Taxi?
Ozzy or Sharon?
Yoga or Boxing?
Depends on my mood.
Cargo Pants or Jeans?
Madonna now or Madonna then?
Don't care enough about Madonna to know the difference.
Trains or Planes?
CD's or MP3's?
NY or LA?
Both. LA for the weather- I need sun to be happy, but I really like the way NYC feels like a small town.
London or Paris?
Salty or Sweet?
E-mails or Letters?
Both. Maybe letters a little more.
Flipflops or Sneakers?
Both. Where am I, what am I doing?
Justin or Pharrell?
Surf or Turf?
Sexy or Silly?
Both. Depends on the situation.
Cable or Rentals?
As long as I have the material, I don't care how I got it.
Coffee or Tea?
Diet or Regular?
Colin Farrell or Will Farrell?