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vintage sample books. It was an exciting part of the design process because I’ve been collecting vintage lace since I was a teenager.
How do you get in shape for lingerie shoots?
I’ve been training with my boxing coach Jason Lee for seven years and when I’m at home in Copenhagen I enjoy swimming in the ocean. I also do yoga sun salutations.
What are your fondest modeling memories?
Being photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for various campaigns; traveling to amazing destinations; and building a close friendship with photographers Rocco Laspata and Charles DeCaro.
You’re also a photographer – do you find that one discipline informs the other?
I always saw my modeling career as a great education in photography, surrounded by very talented people. I learned a lot about light from Herb Ritts: he turned the human body into art. Patrick Demarchelier makes you feel very comfortable in front of the camera. Peter Lindbergh is inspirational because his
imagination is so childlike.
Could you be tempted to return to the runway?
It wouldn’t take much, except for my own courage. Regardless of how simple it seems, it’s actually quite nerve-wracking.
What’s coming up this year?
I’m designing another collection for Triumph. I also have a line of body products and candles out soon, which is very exciting.
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“I saw my modeling career as an education in photography, surrounded by very talented people”
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