This Week's Model: Zuzanna Bijoch
Newly-turned 17-year-old Zuzanna Bijoch (left) first entered the modeling world at 13, after entering D’vision Model Management’s modeling contest and winning grand prize. Fast forward a few years, and she’s hit quite a stride, bursting on the scene in a big way last season with the Prada Spring 2011 ad campaign. “It was around midnight, and I was studying for a big math exam the next day,” she says of when she got the phone call that Prada had cast her. “I was so shocked — it happened so quick!“ For Fall 2011, Bijoch scored another big campaign — Louis Vuitton. We caught up with her to chat about that photoshoot and find out what else she has up her sleeve.
Where are you right now?
I’m in London, at my agency, right now — I was just shooting [in London] for Interview magazine. But I’m only here for two more hours, and then I’m headed to Paris this evening.
Are you going for the couture shows?
I’m going to do Givenchy couture, but I’m going early to shoot with Patrick Demarchelier tomorrow. I’m not sure what exactly it’s for.
You just had your birthday! Did you do anything to celebrate?
I went out with my friend, Maddie [Kulicka] — we’re from same town in Poland — and we went to a swimming pool, to a restaurant, and had some cake.
From left: Jill Stuart Fall 2011; Marni Fall 2011
How was shooting the new Louis Vuitton campaign?
It was amazing. I was with Daphne [Groeneveld] and Anais [Mali], who I really like, and we were shooting in Brooklyn in some kind of old airport, with these old amazing cars, holding puppies. Marc Jacobs was there, and Pat McGrath.
Do you have anything else exciting coming up?
I’m going to go to New York, just to be there, and in August for holidays I’m hoping to go to Barcelona with my sister — but I’m not sure, because of the hot weather. I love Spain; it’s so beautiful.
Who’s your favorite designer to do a fitting with?
For sure I can tell you, it’s for the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton shows. They have whole tables of sweets — all the sweets you can imagine — and everyone’s eating and talking. My favorite are the jelly beans, both sweet and sour.
Bijoch in Prada’s Spring 2011 campaign, shot by Steven Meisel
Any other guilty pleasures?
Watching all the stupid stuff on TV. It’s kind of embarrassing, but it makes me relax. And it doesn’t take as much time as a movie. I like to watch Doctor Who, Gossip Girl, SpongeBob, and Sex and the City on DVD.
We also heard that you take shooting lessons?
I was taking them, but right now I don’t have time. It was something different after the school day that I wanted to try.
Besides heading to Paris, what else are you up to for the rest of today?
I have an appointment with British Vogue, and then I’m going to my room to change before I leave.
From left: Jason Wu Fall 2011; Haider Ackermann Fall 2011
What would you like to accomplish in the rest of the year?
I would love to do the Viktor & Rolf show — I haven’t done it yet and they’re my favorite designers. I would love to shoot with Tim Walker — his pictures are so amazing and dreamy and beautiful, and I can look at them for hours. I also want to take French lessons — I can’t speak it and want to start. And I want to relax for summer holidays; I still have two more years of school left.
And what about your long-term goals?
I always say I want to work on Wall Street — it’s kind of a joke, but I love math and political things, so maybe I would work as an economist. Or maybe be part of a design team — I really enjoy watching the design process.
Runway: Fairchild Archive