Ageing supermodel Linda Evangelista has slammed critics who label her unambitious for not extending her career beyond modelling.

While catwalk colleagues Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson have branched into photography, acting and clothes design, Evangelista has been content sticking with the job that propelled her to fame.

The stunning 40-year-old says, "'I've never wanted to do anything other than model. I'm best at selling lipstick. Acting and television work just don't appeal to me.

"People forget that I'm still working. I model. I do advertising campaigns. It's not like I'm sat at home twiddling my thumbs.

"I'm lucky to still be in this business after 20 years and that's where my strengths lie."