Meet the New Girl: Pauline Van der Cruysse Is No Longer Weirded Out by the East Village

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Nineteen-year-old Pauline Van der Cruysse was discovered by a fellow Belgian, fashion editor Thom Van Dorpe, in 2008. Dorpe first spotted the brunette in a bookstore in Van der Cruysse's hometown. Though she signed with Elite Paris that year, Van der Cruysse waited until last year to find representation in New York, ultimately landing a contract with Marilyn Agency. She went on a few key go-sees a week later, scoring a spread for Chinese Vogue, shot by Daniel Jackson. Days later, she shot with Thomas Schenk for German Vogue and Jason Kibbler for Russian Vogue, all without a single runway booking under her belt. When she finally did debut on the spring 2011 runways, the statuesque model walked for Marc Jacobs in New York, Prada in Milan, and Givenchy in Paris. With a very directional catwalk unveiling, a strong editorial presence, and a cool, slick street style, Van der Cruysse has all the makings of becoming a memorable top model. Click ahead to read a Q&A with Van der Cruysse, and then visit her new model profile to see loads of on- and off-the-runway pics.

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