In 1996, Evangelista was one of the ten subjects of Lindbergh's book 10 Women, on whose cover she appeared.She was also seen in the fashion documentary Catwalk.Her first major fashion magazine cover was for the November 1984 issue of L'Officiel.Subsequently, she would go on to appear on the covers and in the pages of a variety of international publications including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Elle, W, Marie Claire, Allure, Time, Interview, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Cigar Aficionado, and i-D.Even now in the 21st century, Evangelista continues to be an influence to other people.Due to her talent as a model as well as her personal image, Evangelista has been named by a number of female celebrities as either an inspiration or as a beauty icon.
A 1996 photograph of Evangelista, titled "Linda Kissing Linda", which was originally featured in a Kenar advertisement, was selected by the Guggenheim Museum as "an example of the epitome of androgyny".
Upon the suggestion of photographer Peter Lindbergh, Evangelista had her hair cut short in 1988.
The haircut, nicknamed "The Linda", not only sparked many copies worldwide, but it also benefited Evangelista's career and helped usher in the era of the supermodel.
Among them are Victoria Beckham, Martha Stewart, models Candice Swanepoel, Kylie Bax, and Elsa Benítez, model-turned-actress Angie Harmon, and singer Rihanna.
In the past as well as the present day, Evangelista has drawn praise and accolades from many of the fashion industry's elite.
Her achievements as a model led to her being voted as "The Greatest Supermodel of All Time" by the viewers of the television show Fashion File in 2008.