At age 15, Svea Kloosterhof was discovered through a Dutch social networking site, Hyves. She worked in her native Amsterdam for two years before flying to New York in late 2010, where she signed with Marilyn Agency. Shortly thereafter, Karl Lagerfeld booked the delicate, cherubic beauty for his Chanel pre-fall 2011 show, followed by his spring 2011 couture, fall 2011 ready-to-wear, and cruise 2012 shows. Meanwhile, Kloosterhof was placed on a catwalk exclusive for Calvin Klein’s fall 2011 show in New York and, most recently, she signed an exclusive with Marc Jacobs for this past New York Fashion Week. We checked in with the soft-spoken teen right before fashion week castings to talk about her love for Johnny Cash and irrational fear of boats.
What do your friends and family make of your modeling success?
My friends don’t really get it. Time and time again I have to explain it all to them, but in the end, I think everyone is happy for me. Of course there are always jealous people, but as long as my family and close friends don’t judge me on my work, I’m content.
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