Elaine Irwin Bio, Net Worth, Husband & Children

Elaine Irwin is an American model who is popularly known as Victoria’s Secret model. She is admired for her height and beauty who has graced the top modeling runways. Furthermore, she is also recognized for her association with ex-husband John Mellencamp.

Early life, Family & Education

Elaine was born on 26th August 1969 in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, and is 54 years old as of 2024.

Her childhood, family background, siblings as well as educational qualifications are kept under the wraps. However, it has been reported that she joined John Casablancas, a modeling agency in 1985 at the young age of 16 after she was discovered by the Pelak couple. Photographers Paul Pelak and his wife Margeret Pelak discovered the young beauty and convinced her to pursue modeling as her career.

Irwin is a gorgeous woman and stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and her foot size is 9 (US). The exact details of her body measurements are not disclosed to the media.

Elaine Irwin’s Net Worth

The supermodel has amassed handsome earnings from her successful career. Elaine’s estimated net worth is reported to be approximately $1-5 million, making her one of the richest models in the world.

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Elaine Irwin’s Husband, Sons, & Daughter

Talking about Elaine’s personal life, her first marriage was not as successful as her professional career. She was engaged and soon married John Mellencamp on September 5 in 1992 within 10 weeks of their first meeting. 

John Mellencamp is a talented musician who is also known as Johnny Cougar. He is a singer, songwriter, actor and he also loves to describe himself as a painter as well.

an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. The couple fell in love at the music video shoot where Irwin was featured in the ‘Get a Leg Up’ song as well as the cover of ‘Whenever We Wanted’ album by John. 

Elaine and John were married for 20 years and are parents to two sons namely Hud and Speck. John filed for divorce requesting Elaine to be returned to her maiden name ‘Irwin’ on 14th January 2011 after their separation announcement on 30th December of 2010. The couple legally separated on August 12, 2011. 

At present. Elaine is happily married to her second husband Jay Penske, owner of the Indy car team. Irwin is 9 years older than her current husband Jay. The couple is proud parents to their daughter who was born in May of 2013. The name of Elaine’s daughter is not mentioned in social media portals.


Elaine started her professional modeling career after she graced the cover of ‘Seventeen” magazine in 1985; the same year she joined a modeling agency, John Casablancas. 

In 1989, Eliane was featured in the New Order’s ‘Round and Round’ music video. Despite her huge popularity at the peak of her career, she remained passionate about her career. 

Her career gained momentum after she modeled for “FORD”. Her picture taken by Richard Avedon was featured as the cover of ‘American Beauty Vogue’ which established her in the modeling industry as a prominent member. 

Since then, she has been featured in numerous magazine covers including ‘Cosmopolitan’, ‘Glamour’, ‘Self and Elite’, etc. as well as graced numerous runways. She has further worked with various renowned brands like Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Almay Cosmetics, and Calvin Klein to name a few. 

Irwin has worked with several top-class and well-established photographers like Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Steven Meisel, etc. Moreover, she has also appeared in many TV commercials and advertisements.

Currently, she is signed under IMG Models New York, Los Angeles. Her present modeling agency is an international modeling agency with its offices situated in Miami and has branches in European cities – Milan and Hamburg.

Elaine has maintained her beauty even at the age of 52 and is active to date without retirement plans anytime soon.


Name: Elaine Irwin

Date of Birth: August 26, 1969

Age: 54 years old

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Place of Birth: Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania

Nationality: American

Ethnicity: White

Profession: Model

Height: 5’11”

Ex-husband: John Mellencamp

Now-husband: Jay Penske

Children: 2

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