Elaine Irwin Height, Age, Career, Marriages, All

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Elaine Irwin

Elaine Irwin. The name sure rings a bell but not alone. The name is usually associated with her height and beauty which have been greatly admired by both men and women over the years. Elaine is more known for her runway credits and also her marriage to John Mellencamp which ended in a divorce. What is the model doing these days? Has she retired? Here’s everything you need to know about her.

Elaine Irwin: Age and bio

Elaine Irwin is 50 years old. She was born on August 26, 1969, in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. There have been some misconceptions about her month of birth as some reports it to be 16 instead of 26 August. However, she cleared this up on The Tavis Smiley Show on August 16, 2010, when she informed the host that her birthday is August 26, not August 16 as has been widely reported.

There is no much information about her parents, siblings or the schools she attended. At the age of 16, she was discovered by a photographer’s Paul Pelak and his wife Magaret Pelak and was urged to enroll at John Casablancas, a modeling agency in 1985. This prompted her to leave home as she became passionate about the modeling industry.

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In 1985, she appeared on the cover of “Seventeen” magazine and it was the beginning of everything colorful in her life as she became a hot cake in the industry. Elaine would later appear in so many TV commercials and advertisements.

Elaine Irwin: Career

Elaine’s career peaked when she became a Ford model. This was after she appeared in the music video for New Order’s “Round and Round” off their 1989 album Technique. As her career blossomed, there was a growing temptation to transition into the acting industry as most of her colleagues do, however, she remained focus in the modeling line.

Elaine went on to appear on the cover of many fashion magazines, including “Cosmopolitan”, “Glamour”, “Self and Elite”. Richard Avedon captured a great picture of her which made it to the cover of American Beauty Vogue.  Elaine also modeled for Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein and worked with renowned photographers like Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel for her natural, soft look.

Elaine is signed to IMG Models New York, Los Angeles. IMG Models is an international modeling agency with offices in Milan, Hamburg, and Miami. Elaine has not retired from her modeling career and there is no indication she would be doing that soon seeing that she still has a banging body even at 50.


The behind the scenes of most celebrity marriages is always the opposite of what they show to the world. But it is not all about celebrity marriages, no one derives joy in washing dirty linens in the public when it comes to marital breakups.

Elaine was married to John Mellencamp. John Mellencamp is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. Elaine met John when she was hired to appear on the cover of Mellencamp’s Whenever We Wanted album and also in the music video for “Get A Leg Up”. Work was mixed with romance and within 10 weeks, they were engaged and marriage followed.

They lived as husband and wife for 18 years with two sons before they announced their separation on December 30 2010. A piece of rather sad news to most people who looked up to their marriage. However, both agreed to stay in Indiana for the sake of their sons but Elaine soon relocated to Los Angeles. On January 14, 2011, John Mellencamp filed for divorce and requested that Elaine be returned to her maiden name ‘Irwin’. Their divorce was finalized on August 12, 2011.

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Currently, Elaine Irwin is married to Indy car team owner Jay Penske, who is nine years her junior. They welcomed a daughter in May 2013.

Elaine Irwin: Net Worth and height

Elaine has a net worth of 82 million dollars. Who says supermodels are not millionaires? The model is the first woman to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 in May 2001. She stands at a height of 1.8 meters or 5 feet 11 inches.

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