Amber Valletta is a one of the biggest models of her generation, having inherited the supermodel crown. She later left the industry to successfully battle addiction, and has returned in full force to her modelling career, as well as working as an ambassador for young models.
Discovered at age 17, Valletta became part of a group of models that followed in the footsteps of the original supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. Alongside Kate Moss and Shalom Harlow, with whom she hosted MTV’s House of Style between 1995 and 1996, Valletta ushered in a new look in fashion.
“Amber will be remembered, even though she herself would have resisted the label, as one of the greatest beauties of a golden time in fashion.” believes BoF’s Tim Blanks .
During her modelling career, she appeared on the cover of American Vogue 13 times, her first of which was one of her first jobs at age 18. She has had covers with Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Interview and Elle.
Valletta left modelling to pursue acting in 2000, going on to take roles in both television and film. Arguably the most successful model to take up acting, Valletta has starred in Revenge, Legends and 2005 rom-com Hitch.
In 2014, Valletta launched her socially conscious e-commerce platform Master & Muse. “I saw there was a disconnect in our industry between producing things not just responsibly to the environment, but also to people, and paying people fairly.” said Valletta said at the time.
Sober since she was 25, Valletta is an outspoken advocate on the need for greater support of drug and alcohol addiction, which she discussed at BoF’s Voices gathering in December 2016.