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 This Week's Model: Suvi Koponen

This Week's Model: Suvi Koponen

blog_skinny_banner.jpgblog_modelSuvi_profile1.jpg While most of Tyra’s girls haven’t done much since America’s Next Top Model, 21-year-old Suvi Koponen (left, in Armani’s fall 2009 campaign) still gives aspiring reality-TV models hope. After becoming a contestant on Model School (Finland’s version of Top Model) in 2005 on a whim, Koponen walked away with the winning title and quickly landed spring 2007 exclusives for Prada and Miu Miu. “It was more like a joke! My friend and I just wanted to see if we would get in, but she couldn’t come so I went by myself,” she says. During the last round of shows, Kopenen walked for Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Rick Owens. Recently, she struck an idyllic pose for V Magazine’s September issue and can currently be seen in Emporio Armani’s fall 2009 campaign.

blog_modelSuvi_runway.jpgAbove: Marc Jacobs spring 2010, Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2010

What was it like being on Model School?
It was fun; it wasn’t like America’s Next Top Model where the girls have to do ridiculous things and the judges are really mean to them. Our show was basically a school. They didn’t expect us to know anything; we were there to learn.

You recently moved to Brooklyn. What do you like about the scene there?
I love Brooklyn! It has so many nice restaurants and cool bars. I really love my apartment, so I’m always having friends over to watch movies and such. There’s a dog park near us, which is great since my boyfriend, Tyler [Riggs], and I have three dogs.

blog_modelSuvi_armani2.jpgAbove: Armani’s fall 2009 campaign

You hang out with a lot of models; who are your closest friends in the industry?
My boyfriend, Stas [Svetlichnyy], Heidi Mount, Cat McNeil, Alana Zimmer, Meghan Collison, Abbey [Lee Kershaw] and Steph Carta.

What are your guilty pleasures?
I love snacks—nuts, chips, cookies, candy!

blog_modelSuvi_ads.jpgFrom left: Blumarine’s spring 2009 campaign; Calvin Klein’s fall 2008 campaign

Is it true you have a little bit of a shopping problem?
Yes, I love buying random things. I can’t even walk into a place without leaving with something I definitely won’t need.

Who are your favorite designers?
Richard Chai and Marc Jacobs. They’re really cool and so talented.

blog_modelSuvi_Vmag.jpgblog_modelSuvi_numero.jpgFrom top: Koponen on the cover of V Magazine’s September 2009 issue; Numero Magazine’s March 2008 issue

You have several tattoos, what do they stand for?
I have my initials (S.M.K.) on my neck, which are also the first letters of everyone in my family; the Aries sign behind my right ear; the word “imported” under my right breast; the number five on my left side—its the number of people in my family and my lucky number. I also have “Cat” on my right wrist, 3 lines on my left wrist that stand for my brother, my sister and myself; the words “simple but true” on my right foot and a little cross on my left ankle.

blog_modelSuvi_gapJapan.jpgGap Jeans (Japan) spring 2009 campaign (Koponen at far right)

Check back next Tuesday for the next installment of “The Skinny.” Read our previous model Q&As here.

Runway photos: WWD Staff.

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