Freja Beha Erichsen (born 18 October 1987), also known as Freja Beha, is a Danish model. Dubbed as the “Queen of Cool”, she is known for her androgynous look and for being one of the muses of Karl Lagerfeld.
Discovered on the streets of her native Denmark by a modeling agent passing by, Erichsen made her debut as a model in 2005 at the fall Paris and Milan shows of Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Miu Miu (which she opened). She continues to walk the runways of New York, Paris, Milan and also London, both in the Ready-to-wear and Haute Couture seasons. She has appeared in editorials for American, French, Italian, Australian, German, British, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian editions of Vogue, Interview, W, American and Russian Harper’s Bazaar, French and Korean Numéro, i-D, V and Purple. She has also appeared on the cover of Italian, French, and British Vogue, Korean Numéro, i-D, V, and W.In 2008, casting agent James Scully said of Erichsen:
The queen of cool. Probably one of the most-requested models of all my clients. She is the perfect old-school clothes-hanger with a little eighties androgyny thrown in.
Erichsen has had a number of fashion items named after her, including the Jill Stuart Freja handbag, the Chloé Freja clutch, and the Alexander Wang Freja Lace-Up Stiletto Boot with Zip Detail.
At the height of her career she was ranked second on the Top 50 Models Women list by models.com, along with Natasha Poly. As of October 2013, she is listed as one of the “Industry Icons”. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Erichsen is featured in the 2011 edition of the Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. Erichsen is part of history, in what marks the magazine’s first multi-cover in the publication’s 95-years, landing one of the three May Vogue UK covers in celebration of the most anticipated wedding of the year – the Royal wedding.
Erichsen was born in Roskilde, Denmark. She was educated at Frederiksberg Gymnasium (high school). She enjoys listening to the music of PJ Harvey, the Danish group Kira and the Kindred Spirits, Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley. She currently resides in New York City.
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