Above: 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.
Above: 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!
From 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.
From 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.
Gap Jeans (Japan) spring 2009 campaign (Koponen at far right)
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Runway photos: WWD Staff.