It’s lucky for Hungarian model Barbara Palvin that she was out and about in Budapest on a certain day in 2006, because that’s when she was discovered (which was fortunate for us, too). Only thirteen at the time, her first shoot for Spur magazine came in the same year. She later moved to Asia and continued to work, modelling in Japan in 2008.
Her first show was for Prada, during Milan Fashion Week in February 2010, and she has fond memories of this, even though she was ill at the time. In fact, when Miuccia Prada asked her if she was sure she wanted to do it, the young Hungarian pleaded with her to be included. She has also walked the runway for Vivienne Westwood, Julien MacDonald, Louis Vuitton, Mui Mui, and Nina Ricci, among others, and opened the pre-fall 2010 Chanel show.
Barbara has appeared on the cover of Vogue Russia, Glamour Hungary, French Elle, Jalouse, and L’Officiel, and has modelled for Armani Exchange, Pull and Bear, H&M, and Victoria’s Secret. With refreshing candour, she pronounced her debut for the latter to be merely “all right” – only because of all the hanging around on the day of the show, we must stress.
She became an ambassador for L’Oreal Paris at the age of just eighteen, and is relishing the travel, with opportunities to meet new people, and to experience different cultures.
Barbara took up football and singing when quite young, describing them as her favourite hobbies. This makes her fitness regime a bit different from that of other models – she just does Pilates, explaining that she can’t add any other exercises as her muscles “get too big, because I did too much sport before”. But her workouts are nothing like those two-hour Hollywood efforts that we hear about. She found hers on YouTube after typing in “thirty minutes, intense Pilates”!
And she’s casual about diet, too. She eats what she fancies, saying “I’m young, you know, so I just want to eat everything”, although we’re guessing that genetics are also on her side in her ability to stay slim.
Her love of sport influences her leisure style, too. She’s happiest in sporty clothes, skinny jeans and tank tops. She enjoys mixing high-end and high-street brands, and doesn’t care where they came from, as long as she likes them. We think that Barbara Palvin’s laid back attitude and good sense will serve her well in the competitive world of fashion.
The featured photo is by Krisztian Eder
Barbara Palvin Photographed For Marie Claire UK March 2014
Barbara Palvin The Eyes
Barbara Palvin Black & White Head Shot Photography
For Dsquared2 pre fall 2012