This Week’s Model: Freja Beha Erichsen
With her rocker hair and androgynous style, Freja Beha Erichsen, 21, isn’t just another pretty face. Since walking the Prada and Miu Miu shows in fall 2005, she’s become a cool-girl favorite of designers and stylists alike. (Look for her in a fashion portfolio by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in our upcoming October issue.) We caught up with the dark-haired 21-year-old Denmark native as she prepped for vacation.
Where are you off to?
I’m going back to Denmark to hang out with my family and friends, and then I’m going on a West Coast road trip with some mates. We’re going to L.A., San Diego, the desert, Las Vegas and Burning Man. I’m not the one making the plans—I’m going to let my friends decide and just follow. I just want to chill.
You just got back from couture; how was the Chanel show?
It was a beautiful, beautiful show. It was good to see Karl again. There’s a special feeling that you get from Chanel that you don’t get from any other show. And they’re famous for their food backstage.
Yeah, at most shows, they don’t actually feed us that much, but at Chanel there’s a full buffet and everything is really good.
Did you do anything special to prepare for the show?
We practiced for five hours the night before the show because they wanted us to walk a specific way. Plus there were seven stops where we had to pose full-out.
In W’s 2006 Art Issue, shot by Mario Sorrenti.
What was the most difficult part?
It’s hard when people ask me to walk in a different way than I would naturally. I don’t think my walk is particularly elegant if you compare it to other girls, but it fits my personality.
What is your daily uniform when you’re not modeling?
I’m always in an Alexander Wang t-shirt or tank top and Acne jeans. I can just throw that on and be myself.
You did the new Gucci campaign—that was shot in London, right?
Yeah, that one was so much fun because there was a lot of downtime in between shots. We hung out, played the guitar, sang and danced.
Chanel’s fall ad campaign.
And what about the fall Chanel campaign? How was that one?
That was so peaceful. We shot it at a farm in Vermont. Heidi [Mount] and I ran around with horses and picked up chickens. A llama even spit at us. It was pretty cool.
“This Week’s Model” appears every Tuesday on the Editors’ Blog.
Photos: runway, WWD Staff.