Freja Beha Erichsen reveals her best hair trick

Freja Beha Erichsen reveals her best hair trick

Designers have named handbags after her, fashion legends have called her their muse – and basically everyone wants her hair. Meet Denmark’s prettiest export.

If you think Freja Beha Erichsen is the coolest girl in fashion, this interview will do nothing but establish that notion further. Born and bred in Roskilde, Denmark, Beha Erichsen was discovered in 2004 by a model scout seeing her through the window of a car as she was walking down the street. Her career launched and her androgynous, youthful and effortlessly cool look quickly caught the eye of some of the industry’s most influential people, including fashion magnate Karl Lagerfeld, who added her to his list of muses. 

Evidently Beha Erichsen is a popular girl, and if anyone were to doubt that she has the accessories and handbags to prove it. After over a decade in the industry, she’s now in the same exclusive group as some of the world’s most iconic women, from Jane Birkin and Grace Kelly to Gisele Bündchen and Alexa Chung. Meaning Freja Beha Erichsen too has handbags and accessories named after her; A Chloé clutch, a pair of Alexander Wang lace-up boots and a Jill Stuart handbag, just to name three things. 

Despite huge success and being constantly requested to front campaigns, cover magazines and open fashion shows, Beha Erichsen is still more of an indie model than a celebrity ditto. The 28-year-old Dane washes her hair with baking soda, listens to Radiohead and eats her dinner in the less trendy parts of Brooklyn. She’s based out of New York, but has bought a house in Denmark and made a plan to move back home. 

This month Beha Erichsen – sometimes nicknamed ‘the queen of cool’ – is fronting H&M’s Studio A/W 16 campaign. We asked her to fill out our top model secrets questionnaire when she had some down time.

Curl your eyelashes. It makes you look wide awake even if you just rolled out of bed.


Freja Beha Erichsen
 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
“I have been fortunate to work with many great photographers that all stand out in their own way.”

THE ARTIST WHO ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS…
“I really like listening to The Smiths while working, Morrissey’s quirky lyrics and the pace seem to do well at shoots.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“Letting my skin breathe and using a moisturiser that has SPF in it.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
“Eating my veggies – and doing pilates twice a week.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I…
“Wash my hair in baking soda and let it air dry.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS…
“To go for a long walk, preferably in nature, but anywhere will do.”

I SMELL LIKE…
“Byredo’s Rose of No Man’s Land” 

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS…
“Black jeans and a white tee”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“Radiohead’s new album.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“To curl your eyelashes. It makes you look wide awake even if you just rolled out of bed.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
“Chiltern Firehouse in London – fireplaces, what else can I say.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
“Pok Pok in Red Hook [Brooklyn]. Just go!”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…
“Avocado toast with lemon juice, olive oil, a pinch of salt and chili flakes.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
“A good book or two”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I…
“See friends and family, read books, and listen to music.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
“Books (I always end up hauling home too many) and teas when I’m in Paris.”

 

FREJA BEHA ERICHSEN

AGE: 28

LOCATION: New York City

DISCOVERED: At age 17 on a street in Copenhagen

AGENCY: IMG

INSTAGRAM: @frejaerichsen_ 

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