Stephanie M. Seymour (born July 23,
1969) is an American model and actress. Seymour has modeled for many
notable fashion magazines and designers, and has been photographed by
several well-known photographers including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, and
Gilles Bensimon. She has appeared on over 300 magazine covers.
Born in San Diego, California, the middle child of a California real
estate-developer father and hairstylist mother, Seymour started her
modeling career working for local newspapers and department stores in her
hometown at the age of 14. In 1983, she entered the Elite Model Management
Look of the Year modeling contest (now called Elite Model Look), but lost.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Seymour appeared in numerous issues of
the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and appeared on the cover of Vogue.
During the same period, Seymour was a primary lingerie and hosiery model
for the relatively new Victoria's Secret company in its mail-order
catalogs and retail stores. In March 1991 and again in February 1993,
Seymour posed for Playboy.
In 1998, she wrote Stephanie Seymour's Beauty Secrets for Dummies. In
2000, Seymour was ranked #91 on the North American FHM 100 Sexiest Women
of 2000 list. In 2006, she appeared in a campaign for Gap with her
Salvatore Ferragamo's creative campaign for his fall/winter 2007/2008
collection featured Seymour and Claudia Schiffer, shot on location in
Italy with Mario Testino. In the promotional photos, the supermodels play
film stars protected by bodyguards and pursued by the paparazzi.
In 2000, Seymour played Helen Frankenthaler in the movie Pollock. In 2002
she played the role of Sara Lindstrom in the "Crazy" episode of Law &
Order: Criminal Intent.
At the age of 16, she began dating John Casablancas, the head of Elite
Model Management, who was, at the time, married to model Jeanette
Christjansen. The couple lived together before Seymour broke off the
From 1989 to 1990 she was married to guitarist Tommy Andrews. The marriage
failed, but resulted in the birth of her first son, Dylan Thomas Andrews,
in 1991. Following her divorce, Seymour dated actor Warren Beatty.
By mid 1991, she became involved with Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N'
Roses. She appeared in two music videos by Guns N' Roses: "Don't Cry" and
"November Rain". The couple broke up in February 1993 after Rose accused
Seymour of being unfaithful. The spokesman of actor Charlie Sheen
confirmed rumors of a romance between Seymour and his client. In August
1993, Rose sued Seymour for assaulting him during a 1992 Christmas party,
mental and emotional abuse, and for withholding $100,000 worth of jewelry.
Rose claimed he and Seymour were engaged. In turn, Seymour countersued
Rose for assaulting her and denied they were ever engaged.
Shortly after her break up with Rose, Seymour began dating Peter Brant,
who was married and the father of five children. Brant is a publisher,
real estate developer and art collector. She gave birth to the couple's
first son (her second), Peter Jr., in December 1993. Seymour and Brant
married in July 1995 in France. Seymour gave birth to their second son,
Harry, in 1997 and to their third child, daughter Lily Margaret, in 2004.
In March 2009, Seymour filed for divorce from Brant after almost 14 years