This Week's Model: Jenny Sinkaberg
With an intense look complemented by pale blue eyes, newcomer Jenny Sinkaberg is one of the girls expected to shine when the shows officially kick off tomorrow. Though she’s making her New York debut this week, it certainly isn’t her first trip down the catwalk. After signing with IMG last September, the 17-year-old Oslo native (seen here backstage at Chanel) debuted during the spring 2010 collections in Paris at Balenciaga, Miu Miu and Giambattista Valli. But it was at the spring 2010 couture shows that Sinkaberg really wowed. There she managed to land gigs with three of fashion’s most storied houses: Christian Dior, Valentino and Chanel. With that kind of resume, we’re excited to see what Sinkaberg has in store.
There’s a lot of buzz about you for fall. What does that feel like?
Amazing, and at the same time a little scary. It’s a huge responsibility, because it means that a lot of people believe I have something to offer this industry.
From left: Backstage at Valentino Couture spring 2010; Valentino Couture spring 2010
What shows are you most excited to do?
This will be my first full season. I hope I keep the shows I already did in Paris and have many more additions. I have a “secret list” of what I want to do, but I don’t want to publish it. We’ll soon see what’s happening!
From left: Chanel Couture spring 2010; Dior Couture spring 2010
How did you become interested in modeling?
Growing up, I wasn’t into modeling at all. I was a tomboy at heart and beauty, fashion and makeup was far from my daily life. Finally a photographer friend gave me ultimatum: He said if I didn’t contact an agency, he would. That was it.
What do you consider your first big break?
I have to thank Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga. Walking in his show at the beginning of Paris fashion week definitely put me on the map.
From left: Balenciaga spring 2010; Miu Miu spring 2010
How was couture?
I had no expectations and I said to myself that I would be happy booking just one show. Doing Valentino, Dior and Chanel was surreal.
Many models say their favorite moment is walking in a Chanel show. How was it for you?
Karl Lagerfeld is such an inspiring man. The influence he has on the fashion industry is not possible to explain with words. Walking for Chanel was always one of my dreams.
What do you like to do when you’re off-duty?
I’m not a fan of a lazy lifestyle, so I prefer to move and not rest. I love running, walking around in new cities, watching people and learning languages. I’ve also been showing and breeding Dalmatians since I was very young.
From left: Sinkaberg in “Hard and Soft Elements Come Together” shot by Kacper Kasprzyk for Dazed & Confused’s December 2009 issue; in “White Light” shot by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China’s February 2010 issue
Check back next Tuesday for the next installment of “The Skinny.” Read our previous model Q&As here.
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