This Week's Model: Eniko Mihalik

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This Week's Model: Eniko Mihalik

blog_skinny_banner.jpgblog_enika_headshot.jpg The Hungarian model Eniko Mihalik (seen here in W’s April 2009 issue) is known for her amazing cheekbones, large doe eyes and all-around sex appeal (she’s among the topless beauties in the new Pirelli calendar shot by Terry Richardson). But the 21-year-old who was discovered six years ago in a mall by a casting agent in her hometown of Bekescsaba—and has since become a regular in the pages of W, French Vogue and V—hasn’t given up her more innocent amusements. As we learned, she’s got a beloved teddy bear and a thing for Nickelodeon.

Your first show ever was Chanel couture—what was that like?
It was the most exciting moment of my career. I watched fashion TV so I remember seeing all these big models and thinking, like, “I can’t believe Natasha Poly is standing behind me in line!”

Thumbnail image for Eniko_runway_sp10_rodarte.jpgFrom left: Rodarte spring 2010; Chanel spring 2010

What was it like first meeting Karl Lagerfeld?
I was scared of him! I think a lot of people are scared of him, actually.

Now you work with him regularly, how has your relationship changed?
I don’t think I’ve ever really spoken to him—I’m still scared of him! I’m so shy. But every time I get confirmed there, it’s still a big thing. If they ever said to me, “Eniko, we want you to do our show, but you can’t do any other shows,” I would be like, “Ok!”

eniko_runway_sp10_balmain_.jpgFrom left: Balmain spring 2010; Bottega Veneta spring 2010

We’ve heard your most prized possession is a teddy bear—
Yeah, Bubu! I got it from one of my ex-boyfriends and I started taking him with me everywhere. If I sleep without him I just wake up in the middle of the night and my hand is searching for him. He’s really dirty now, but I just love my little guy.

We’ve also heard you love cartoons; which do you watch the most?
I just moved to a new place, so I don’t have my cable hooked up, so all I watch is Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. I like South Park and Family Guy, but Spongebob is absolutely my favorite. I’m also a big fan of Hannah Montana.

eniko_harvest_stardust_editorial_w.jpgMihalik in “Harvest” shot by Mario Sorrenti for W’s April 2009 issue; in “Stardust” shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for W’s April 2009 issue

Do you like Miley Cyrus?
Not Miley, just Hannah Montana.

You’re known for working in more avant-garde publications; is there any magazine that you are dying to be shot for?
American Vogue would be amazing. I know I’m not that type of commercial girl and unfortunately, I don’t have the million-dollar smile, but I think Anna Wintour should try me out.

Enika_max_mara_hm_ads.jpgFrom left: Max Mara’s fall 2009 campaign; H&M’s fall 2009 campaign.

Tell us about the steamy Terry Richardson Pirelli calendar that recently came out.
It sounds a bit bad, but we kind of were running around naked the whole time. We were all pretty much free to do whatever we want, and Terry took pictures.

Enika_2010-Pirelli-Calendar_W.jpgFrom left: Mihalik in “American Dreamin’” shot by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for W’s December 2008 issue; Minhalik in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar shot by Terry Richardson.

Is it true that you’re interested in starting your own restaurant back home?
Yes! I love food, and I figure there is no American type of a restaurant like a pastry shop or a bakery where you can buy a bagel or get a salad in Hungary. I think it would be great because come on, everyone loves to grab a bagel here, so why wouldn’t they love it over there?

What are your favorite foods?
Hungarian food is my favorite. I love Italian food and sushi, but I still think goulash is tastiest thing.

Enika_2010-Pirelli-Calendar_mud.jpgAbove: Mihalik (at right) in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar.

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