TOP MODEL SECRETS

NADJA BENDER

She is a (self-proclaimed) lousy cook, a collector of refrigerator magnets and one of our favourite models. Meet Danish stunner Nadja Bender.

Nadja Bender on the runway for Stella McCartney A/W 2014, Getty Images.

From nanotechnology to Lagerfeld muse. Nadja Bender used to think she was too old to be a model (she was 21 at the time, but mind you – we are talking model years, it’s something like dog years), and spent her days studying physics and chemistry at university. But then she was scouted – through Facebook, via a neighbour – and her career quickly took off.

In her 2012 breakthrough season, she opened shows for Rodarte and Alexander Wang, and starred in a Gucci campaign. H&M dubbed her one of the “new icons” for the SS14 campaign and she is one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favourites – the legendary designer has shot her himself for both Chanel and Fendi.

During a shoot in Stockholm, we asked Nadja Bender to fill out our Top Model Secrets questionnaire.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS… 
”I've always loved Amy Troost’s work.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER… 
”How far I've made it and how supportive my friends and family have been.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT WAS…
”There are a lot, but shooting the Chanel cruise campaign for the first time with Karl Lagerfeld on my birthday is definitely one of them.”

THE SONG OR ARTIST WHO ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS…
”Michael Jackson, hahaha…”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS… 
”My mind, when I'm bored.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
”Jamie Bochert, she's such an amazing person.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
”Being happy, that's when people are the most beautiful.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY… 
”Working out five times a week.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I…
”Use dry shampoo; it gives my hair the perfect texture.”

My de-stress trick is… 
”To read a book and drink tea in my reading chair.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
”I can talk the ear off everybody, hahaha!”

I SMELL LIKE…
”Balenciaga, Florabotanica.” 

MY FAVOURITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS… 
”Jeans, t-shirt and sneakers.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
”Trying to learn how to cook. It's not going that great.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
”To use an eyelash curler.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
”Hôtel Costes in Paris, it's like a second home.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
”A place called Fiskebaren (‘The Fish Bar’) in Copenhagen. Love that place.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…
”Coffee.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
”Headphones and a lot of snacks.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I…
”Read, see my friends and just relax.”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
”Stop making things complicated.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
”I buy a magnet for my fridge from all the places I've been.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT…
”To be more patient – it has taken me many years to get there.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
”Finish my degree and travel the world alone.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
Criminal Minds, I'm a total sucker for that show.”

Right now, I am reading…
”I'm reading a Danish book called Den Danske Borgerkrig 2018-24."

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
”That the people I love stay healthy and happy.”

 

 

NADJA BENDER

AGE: 24

AGENCY: New York Models

DISCOVERED: On Facebook in 2011

CITY:  New York

INSTAGRAM: @nadjabender

TWITTER: @nadjabender

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