Who knew a gal with so much ink could be embraced by the industry as openly as she has. Especially the one on the side of her neck that says 'float', a recent acquisition.
Freja has walked for just about everybody, as well as been the face for many houses, including Balenciaga, Pringle of Scotland, Gucci and most recently Chloe and Chanel's F/W 2007 campaigns.
I think Freja's tattoos in particular translate well in fashion because they easily disappear into her skin and don't draw that much attention away from her. They are all just plain black ink, are relatively small, and they are minimalist with thin lines and pretty script.
This might sound a tad shallow but I also think her tattoos contribute to her specific 'look' and her commodity as a model. She's a beautiful brooding brunette with short choppy hair and some well-places tattoos only add to that image.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure she got them because she liked them, and not to further her career. I mean really - what agent would advise a model to get more tattoos?
Freja rocks it, and doesn't give a damn, and for that I tip my hat to her.
So many people have tattoos these days, so it really shouldn't seem all that uncommon that this phenomenon has invaded the fashion industry. A recent study at the University of Texas reported that about one in ten Americans have at least one tattoo. It should come as no surprise that more and more models, no matter what country they are from, have them as well.
That said, I was especially surprised to see Daria Werbowy (foot) and Lily Donaldson (wrist) sporting some as of late.
Freja has at least eight, that I know of. I wonder if Irina and Agyness have any? I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
photos courtesy of The People's Republic of Style
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Danish model Freja Beha's tattoos have captivated me for months now.