Her mother, Kristen McMenamy, was one of the world’s top models during the 1990s.
As a baby, McMenamy was photographed with her mother for a fashion photo spread that appeared in the French edition of Glamour. She was once carried in her mother’s arms as she walked in a Chanel fashion show.
At the age of 18, McMenamy moved to Paris to work as a waitress. Once there, upon the suggestion of a friend, French model Morgane Dubled, McMenamy decided to begin working as a model, and was signed by NEXT Model Management.
In October 2012, she had her first significant modelling assignment, being chosen to walk the runway for Yves Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2013 fashion show.
The very next day, she walked the runway for Chanel. Six months later, she attracted attention when she took part in the Marc Jacobs fall/winter 2013 fashion show.