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.
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.
In April 2016, Evangelista appeared on the cover of Zoo Magazine's 50th issue, photographed by singer and friend Bryan Adams.
Also that month, Evangelista appeared on the cover of the book Age of the Supermodel, which features photographs taken by photographer Donna De Mari during the haute couture collections in Paris in 1991. Smith, and there's a line in it where Brad Pitt says he won't get out of bed for less than half a million dollars. Only now it's a half million and it's a man saying it." The September 1991 issue of Vogue had a photo spread titled "Wild At Heart" that featured Evangelista, photographed by Lindbergh.
Evangelista made headlines in 1993 when she traveled to Australia with Claudia Schiffer for a 5-day tour, which included a news conference and a televised fashion show, as part of the grand opening of a department store.In October 1994, Evangelista was one of several models on the cover of Vogue Italia′s 30th anniversary issue.She then appeared in the feature film Prêt-à-Porter.As far as Treacy is concerned, "Linda is the ultimate model of the past 50 years".Fellow designer Stefano Gabbana said of Evangelista, "Linda is the model.