After I quick Google search, I discovered that Freja Beha Erichsen, the Danish model elevated to super status the past fashion season, has over 200,000 search results that lead to sites where people like us write either have entire blogs dedicated to her or have written countless articles about her. I’m not really into examining the reasons behind a model’s popularity within and outside of the fashion world because literally no one cares, but I was interested to see that Freja has a complete monopoly over the F/W campaigns. Tom Ford, Chanel, Balenciaga, Max Mara, to name of few all feature an unsmiling, whippet thin Freja rocking this adorable messy bob. It’s like she’s Kate Moss just arguably a hundred times more beautiful because, unlike Moss, who’s beauty lies in her alien facial features of unnaturally beautiful proportions (re: cheekbones), Beha Erichsen’s eyes, nose, mouth, skin, neck, hands, and so on are in proportion with the rest of her person and are classically beautiful, just beautiful in a completely masculine sense. If I ran into her dressed in men’s clothing on say a winter day in any northern European country (idk why just go with it) in a coffee shop and she’d chopped all her hair off, I’d mistake her for a boy and fall immediately in love.
The term “androgynous” is thrown around carelessly when fashion’s described–I think it became a complimentary adjective around the time everyone started to lose their sh*t over Heidi Slimane (translation: if you are a woman who’s ever been described at curvaceous there’s no way you’re wearing Dior Homme)–but the model in question’s looks are effortlessly androgynous. This might be why she ended up walking every single New York/Milan/Paris show and has appeared in campaigns everywhere. There was the Brazilian thing, then there was the alien doll Prada thing, then there was the black thing, and now it’s just the confused thing where designers are like should I put fat models in my shows too? But Freja can either disappear into an outfit or smolder depended on how long you want to actually look at her and is thus the quintessential clothes hanger I’d probably want if I were a designer.
Her lesbianism is also intriguing and presents a chicken or the egg sort of question regarding her androgynous sense of style and general way of being. But I’m probably the only one that cares about that.
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