- Was discovered at the age of 15 while lying on a beach.
- Landed a modelling contract with Guess? clothing.
- Has appeared in Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated.
- In 1999 she was chosen by a vote of French mayors as the model for new busts of Marianne, the revolutionary symbol of France who appears in sculpted form in French town halls.
- Has a brown belt in judo.
- Ranked number 1 in askmen.com's 50 Most Beautiful Women 2001.
- Took part in a demonstration march in 2008 to ask for the immediate release of Ingrid Betancourt.
- Served as a jury member for the 69th Venice International Film Festival.