Blazer and pants by Balmain; body by Kiki de Montparnasse; earrings by Chloé; ring by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
During a recent phone call with a friend, Eva Herzigova started talking about the longevity of her career. Spanning 24 years, graduating from commercial model to pin-up, editorial to catwalk, achieving supermodel status in the ’90s – a title that she still holds – she is as much in demand now as ever. “I just don’t get it,” the (thankfully, very close) friend replied.
“He said, ‘Your age starts with a four, you are a hermit, you never go out and you have integrity. Usually, people like you do not recognize success. It doesn’t make sense!’” Herzigova laughs. “I replied, ‘I’ve always worked hard and picked the right work.’ But he pointed out that, in this society, where people sell their souls on Facebook and Twitter, I don’t go out there selling myself – I am very private. It makes no sense to him I still get work!”
“I don’t go out there SELLING myself on Facebook and Twitter – I am very PRIVATE”
Great work, at that. In October in Paris, at what was to be Marc Jacobs’ much-lauded final show for Louis Vuitton after 16 years, it was Herzigova he asked to sit center of the runway on a revolving black carousel, dressed as a somber yet fabulous showgirl. It was unexpected, as it has been years since she walked in a show but, alongside fashion’s new favorite pin-up, Kate Upton, the Czech-born model was the perfect fit. “I saw Katie [Grand, editor and Marc Jacobs’ stylist and friend] on the Eurostar recently, and I told her I was still dazed from the beauty of the show,” Herzigova says. “She told me, ‘Of course you had to be there – it was for the Louis Vuitton girls.’ I have done four campaigns for them, so it was really touching.”
Then, while traveling home to London after Paris Fashion Week, she got a call asking her to fly to Italy to star in a (top secret) SS14 advertising campaign for a luxury fashion house. She flew there the next day, winning another job that models almost three generations younger than her would kill for.
Of course, Herzigova was always