Irwin made history on May 27, 2001, when she became the first woman to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500.
More DetailsHide Detailshttp://www.theautochannel.com/news/2001/05/31/022192.htmlhttp://books.google.com/books?id=CeCxyf0BpgUC&lpg=PA296&ots=To9i6WZ_iw&pg=PA296#v=onepage She was also an at-large delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Elaine was 23 when she married musician John Mellencamp. The two met when she was hired to appear on the cover of Mellencamp's Whenever We Wanted album (and appear in the music video for "Get A Leg Up." Within 10 weeks, they were engaged. The couple have two sons, Hud (born 1994) and Speck (born 1995).
In 1989 she appeared in New Order's video Round & Round.
More DetailsHide DetailsWithin a few years, she became one of the Ford Models and had graced the cover of dozens of fashion magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self and Elite. Her American Beauty Vogue cover was shot by Richard Avedon.
She made her move onto the runway for Victoria's Secret and Calvin Klein and soon became a favorite subject of photographers like Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel for her natural, soft look.
After her photo appeared in Seventeen in 1985, the Boyertown honor student and varsity letter-winner in track and cross country was a much sought-after face for magazine covers, advertisements and commercials.
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