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Elaine Irwin is an American model, well known for her regular appearance in the advertisement of Ralph Lauren, Almay. Irwin has worked for several agencies such as IMG Models, Mega Model Agency, and more to mention.
Irwin was born on 26th August 1969, in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, United States of America. Born to her American parents, she is of White ethnicity and holds an American nationality.
Elaine was married to John Mellencamp
The young model was just 23 when she decided to live a marital life with John Mellencamp, who is a well-known musician. Irwin and Mellencamp exchanged their wedding vows on 5th September 1992, among their closed ones and families.
The pair first met when Elaine was offered to appear on the cover of Mellencamp's album titled Whenever We Wanted, and shares two sons, named Speck Mellencamp (born 1995) and Hud Mellencamp (born on 27th April 1994).
Elaine and John announced their separation
The couple was doing fine until they began facing issues. On 30th December 2010, after 18 years of their weddings, Elaine and her partner announced their separation.
The couple, however, decided to stay in Indiana to look after the children. After a short period, Elaine went to Los Angeles, and John Mellencamp filed for divorce on 14th January 2011. The divorce was finalized on 12th August 2011, without leaving any reason behind.
Soon after the split, Elaine got engaged with Jay Penske in October 2012 as per Daily Mail. Irwin's current partner is the owner of the Indy Car Team. The couple also shares a daughter who was born in 2013.
Began modeling when she was sixteen
The famous model had a deep passion for modeling and left her house during her teenage to pursue her career. Fortunately, Elaine was discovered by a renowned photographer, Paul Pelak, and his spouse Margaret Pelak.
In 1985, Elaine's picture was featured in an American teen magazine Seventeen for the first time. Irwin gained quite massive fame after the appearance, and she was offered to work in the music video Round and Round by New Order in 1989.
From magazine model to Victoria Secret
Soon after appearing in the music video, Elaine was offered to work for various companies such as Glamour, Self, Ford Models, Cosmopolitan, and more.
Meanwhile, Irwin was one of the most popular models, who did her work with luxury brands such as Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret, where Gisele Bundchen also served as a model. She also worked with renowned photographers such as Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, and Herb Ritts.
In 2001, Irwin was named as the first woman to drive pace car at the Indianapolis 500. Elaine moreover appeared at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Elaine makes huge money from her modeling career. Being one of the famous models in American, Irwin has worked with various companies such as Calvin Klein, which adds up to her $82 million fortune, which is more than another Victoria Secret model Ashley Strohmeir.
As per some source, the average salary of a model in Victoria Secret ranges from $100,000 to $1,000,000. Hence we can assume the money Irwin made from Victoria Secret.
On the other hand, Elaine's partner Jay makes staggering money as publishing and media entrepreneur. Penske's total net worth is estimated to be $800 million, as of 2019.
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