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Andreea Diaconu

She is one of the coolest cats in the modelling industry, and a classic beauty loved by everyone from Ralph Lauren to French Vogue. Meet Andreea Diaconu – and learn her secrets.

Andreea Diaconu for Stella McCartney S/S 2015, Getty Images.

She has studied everything from archaeology to social psychology, knows five languages and holds a black belt in karate. Yet Andreea Diaconu claims she ”sucks at everything”. We beg to differ. Despite her young age, this multi-talented model has a long résumé of prestigious gigs. 

Bucharest-born Diaconu was only 11 when a scout first approached her. Years of occasional modelling and then steady work as a catalogue model followed, until she got her big break when Mario Sorrenti booked her for Vogue Italia. Now, she has done it all – from being on the cover of French Vogue to the biggest ad campaigns. Andreea Diaconu is also an H&M favourite, and of course, we had to ask her to share all her model secrets. 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…  
”Bruce Davidson, at the moment!”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER…
”Being able to enjoy every single day at work.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT WAS… 
”My first David Sims shoot.”

THE MUSIC THAT ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS… 
”Velvet Underground, Love, Mazzy Star, or Prince.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
”Dancing, singing to myself, and sometimes painting.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
”CHRISTY!” [Turlington.]

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS… 
”Palo santo honey oil.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY… 
”Keeping up with all these workout trends! I like running and surfing.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I… 
”Go surfing! The salt water is a quick fix. Or hair oil.” 

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS… 
”Swimming in the ocean.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS… 
”I suck at everything but I'm good at pretending I don't.”

I SMELL LIKE… 
”Palo santo oil or coconut oil!”

MY FAVOURITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS… 
”70's babe!”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH… 
”Vinyl records and fennel-roasted carrots.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
”Drink water.” 

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS… 
”Whythe Hotel in New York City.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS… 
”Blue Ribbons or Dimes, both in New York.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE… 
”Something different everyday.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
”A good book.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I… 
”Try to learn to play guitar, and I take French classes.”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
”Don't time travel to the past.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
”Vintage clothes and home goods!”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT… 
”To be patient.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
”Be happy.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
Golden Girls, at the moment – I’d never seen it before!”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh by Susan Sontag.” 

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS… 
”To be happy and healthy and to make other people happy.”

 


ANDREEA DIACONU

CITY: New York

FAMILY: Mother, father and sister in Bucharest

DISCOVERED: First approached by a local scout at age 11, while swimming in a public pool in her hometown, Bucharest. 

INSTAGRAM: @andreeadiddy

TWITTER: @andreaadiddy

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