Shalom Harlow (born December 5, 1973) is a Canadian model and actress.

Early life and family

Harlow was born in Oshawa, Ontario, the daughter of Sandi Herbert and David Harlow. Her mother named her Shalom (Hebrew: שלום‎‎), meaning "peace" or "Hello" in Hebrew. Her father held several jobs as a social worker, real estate agent and financial investor while her mother, Sandi Herbert, worked with mentally challenged adults. Her parents allowed her to experience growing up in a 'hippie community just outside Toronto' and the family often spent time at their family cottage, built by her great-great grandfather.

Early on, Harlow took up ballet which she later decided was not for her as she claimed in a 2008, New York Times article, "My rebellious nature always comes out." She instead became interested in tap dancing as she enjoyed the noise it created.


Harlow was discovered at a The Cure concert in Toronto and started modeling straight out of high school. She has since appeared on numerous magazine covers, editorials, and top runway shows, and appeared in movies and co-hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow supermodel Amber Valletta. She was the long-time favorite model for many designers who found that her look translated well between commercial and couture. She is the first ever winner of Vogue/VH1's Model of the Year Award. Harlow is the spokesperson for Chanel's Coco fragrance. She has two younger brothers, Chris and Nathan.

In July 2007, she earned an estimated total of $2 million over the previous 12 months, Forbes named her thirteenth in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels. She has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, W, V, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. Harlow has walked the runways for Prada, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Anna Sui, Moschino, Gianfranco Ferré, Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Balmain, Max Mara, Chloé, Blumarine, Isaac Mizrahi, Hermés, Valentino, Dries Van Noten, Yves Saint Laurent, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, Jil Sander, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, and Viktor & Rolf. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Alberta Ferretti, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Versace, Jil Sander, Ann Taylor, Chloé, Isaac Mizrahi, Blumarine, Max Azria, Giorgio Armani, Nautica, Valentino, Nars, Jil Sander, Lancôme, Perry Ellis, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, Gap, and L'Oréal.