2011 February 10

Discovering Daphne Groeneveld

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Daphne at Dior Haute Couture Daphne at Dior Haute Couture
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OK, Chic actually fell in love with the 16-year-old Dutch stunner at the Calvin Klein Collection show in September, but after she hit every couture runway worth mentioning, we figured it was high time for a phoner.

Hi, Daphne! How were you discovered?
I was shopping with my mom in Amsterdam when a woman came up to us and started talking about modeling.

So you’ve been modeling for how long now?
One year. My favorite [experience] was for sure the cover with Tom Ford. And the [fall 2010] campaign for Miu Miu. At the shoot we had to make a video, and we got dancing lessons from Madonna, so that was pretty cool. She’s amazing. I didn’t know she was Madonna at first, so I was not nervous.

You were busy in Paris this past January.
I did the haute couture shows for Dior and Chanel and for Valentino, which was a great honor.

Did you have a favorite dress that you walked in?
I liked all the dresses. But my favorite color is pink and my dress for Dior was pink, so I loved that dress.

What other designers do you hope to walk for?
When I’m older, I really want to walk the Victoria’s Secret show. I think that’s great—but when I’m older. I’m 16, and that’s too young. Maybe when I’m 20 or something.

How did you learn to walk on the runway in the first place?
I had two lessons in Holland from my agent, and after that I had to practice a lot at home.

How many hours do you think you put into practicing?
I think 10 minutes every day.


Did you know much about fashion before you started?
No. I mean, I love fashion, but it was not like…I didn’t know what Vogue was. I didn’t read it at all.

Do you have any brothers and sisters?
I have one brother. He is nearly 18 and he is proud of me. He tells all his friends about me. He doesn’t like that me and my mom are away from home so much, but he understands that this comes with it.

Do his friends think it’s really cool that his sister is a hot model?
Yeah, for sure.

What other models do you admire?
I love Lara Stone. It feels like she’s my big sister. She’s so sweet.

And do you have a current crush?
No. I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, and to be honest, I would not have the time.

So, what do you think of Justin Bieber?
I respect a lot what he has done for his age. I mean, he’s 16, and he’s a great singer.

Do you have Bieber Fever?

It’s called Bieber Fever when people are obsessed with him.
No. I never heard of it.

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