This Week’s Model: Eniko Mihalik

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...


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!”

From 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!”

From 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.

Mihalik 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.

From 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.

From 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.

Above: Mihalik (at right) in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar.

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