Shattering the stereotype of model-turned-actress, Milla Jovovich has become one of the screen's leading action stars - as well as a singer and fashion designer. Born Milica Natasha Jovovich on December 17, 1975, in Kiev in the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine), Milla began her professional modeling career at the age of eleven, appearing in a series of ads for Revlon shot by legendary photographer Richard Avedon. She has since appeared in campaigns for Banana Republic, Versace and Christian Dior. Since 1998 Milla has been the face of L'Oreal cosmetics. Her face has graced the covers of over one hundred magazines, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar. Having taken acting classes from an early age, Milla aspired to be an actress, and after a few small roles, was offered the lead in 1991's Return to the Blue Lagoon, prompting immediate comparisons to Brooke Shields. The film earned her a Razzie nomination for worst new star, but Milla refused to give up. She got supporting roles in Kuffs with Christian Slater and Chaplin with Robert Downey, Jr. After most of her performance in the comedy Dazed and Confused ended up on the cutting room floor, she took a hiatus from movies to concentrate on her singing career. Her 1994 album The Divine Comedy, although not a big seller, was complemented by critics. When Milla returned to Hollywood, she did so with a bang, playing scantily-clad alien 'Leeloo' in Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure The Fifth Element, starring Bruce Willis. She later reunited with the director for 1999's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. Milla camped it up as the villainous 'Kantinka' in the Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander and then took on the role of zombie fighter 'Alice' in Resident Evil, based on the popular video game. The movie was a box-office hit and Milla reprised her role (and did many of her own stunts) for two sequels. Since she's been surrounded by fashion for a large part of her career, it was almost a given that she would try her hand at designing her own line and she did, with Jovovich-Hawk, which received huge exposure when pieces were sold through Target in early 2008. With all of this talent in such a pretty package, it's easy to see that Milla is a model entertainer.
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