Karl Lagerfeld Advises Sigrid Agren on Sleeping, Modeling

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Model Sigrid Agren interviewed Karl Lagerfeld at a fitting for his Karl Lagerfeld show in Paris. Judging from her interview, she seems pretty precocious for an 18-year-old model. Witness:

Agren: Okay. How do you look when you wake up?

Lagerfeld: That’s why I sleep alone. My hair is curly, and that’s why I have my ponytail. I look like a madman, like something out of a horror movie! But I'm very impeccable and clean before I go to bed. It’s just like right before I’m going out. When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it now, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.

Then she asked him for advice on being a supermodel. Because, let's face it, after Gisele who is the next supermodel? Sure there are lots of great models around the age of 20 — Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss — who are great, but who has longevity? Can a girl like Agren be the next Claudia, Naomi, or Cindy? Karl told her what the secret is:

Lagerfeld: It's not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. That’s why the girls who were famous in the ‘90s can still work for advertising. People know their faces. The little blonde Russian, Sasha (Pivovarava), has a face people can remember instantly, but for other models today, people think, Is she this one or that one? It’s very difficult, but, you see, in fact there is no advice, because all circumstances are very different. It depends on what you are ready to give, the kind of life you bring, what may be exciting or disappointing … You can’t accuse anyone of not doing enough to help you, because, besides yourself, there’s nothing anyone can do. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new. But it’s the most … (hits hand on table) unjust … (hits hand on table) thing in the world.


So, all you ladies who went to the America's Next Top Model casting, got rejected, and cried, remember, modeling chooses you. You can't choose it. Love your genes and move on.

Sigrid Interviewed Karl Lagerfeld for Interview Magazine [New York Model Management]