Elise Crombez was born on the 24 July 1982, in Belgium, and currently works as a fashion model. She grew up in a small town called Koksijde, and this is also where she went to school. The model was discovered at the young age of 17, when she and a close friend entered themselves into Miss Mannequin, which was a fashion contest at the time, in Belgium. Throughout her career, she has walked numerous runways, landed campaigns and made the cover of several prestigious magazines. She has now moved away from Belgium and lives in New York.
She did not actually win the modelling competition but was still recognised for her modelling potential. The scout at this competition told her that the local market was too small for someone with so much potential, and it was this comment that urged her to move and look for new opportunities. Throughout her career, she worked extensively with Steven Meisel, who is an American fashion photographer, who works closely with Vogue.
Her first move was to Paris where she worked the catwalk for Azzedine Alaia, this was the first main highlight of her career. After just a short stint in France, she was recommended to move to New York where her modelling career could really develop. While in New York she become the face of the Prada and Ralph Lauren Collections and in 2003, and appears on the cover of Vogue twice. Throughout her career, she features on the cover of Vogue many times, and also in many different countries.
In 2004, the model travelled back to Paris to walk the runway for Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, and Louis Vuitton.
It was October 2005 where she landed her first advertising campaigns, for designers Armani and Valentino. She also signed a contract with Nina Ricci to advertise the current fragrance collection, and has appeared several times in the GAP, TV clothing advertisement.
Other than Vogue, the model has made cover appearances in ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Allure magazine. While also running campaigns for H&M, Escada, Prada, Armarni and Lacoste to name a few.
Over time, she has signed up with many agencies, those such as DNA Models in New York and Elite Models in Paris. But also others in a wide range of countries, like Donna Models in Toyko, Uno Models in Barcelona, Tess Management in London and Why Not Model Management in Milan.
While Crombez was walking the catwalk for Proenza Schouler, she fell while she was on the runway. She managed to get up and walk the rest of the show, but she took off her shoes and did the rest of the walk barefoot so the same thing did not happen again.
As she is now over 30 years old she is known as an established model. Her best-known features are her hair and her lips. Her height is 180cm, and a waist of 63cm, she has a size 7 shoe and light brown hair.