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Nadja Auermann was discovered in a cafe in Berlin, which led her to sign with Karin Modeling Agency in Paris in the same year. Auermann first appeared in Vogue in December of that year, modeling alongside Kristen McMenamy and Naomi Campbell in a fashion portfolio, “Grunge and Glory,” that encapsulated the era’s mismatched, mosh-pit mix—florals, flannel, and plaids with Doc Martens—and mood of hungover ennui.

Nadja Auermann

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1971Nadja Auermann born in West Berlin. She has one older sister, and her parents are both bankers. They will divorce a few years later.

1989Discovered by a scout at a café in Berlin. She has a high school diploma, but isn’t sure about what to study next, so she agrees to give modeling a try.

1990Wears black leggings, hot pants, and a tight top to her interview with Karin Models in Paris. They sign her. “I had to show off my figure,” she later tells The Observer. “It was the closest thing to being naked, I guess.”

1993Dyes her hair platinum blonde. A modern-day Valkyrie, the media calls her. Her career skyrockets. In November, she takes the cover of Vogue for the first time.

2001In a story about the “rediscovery of the older model,” The New York Times notes Auermann’s return to editorial work, calling her “the thirtyish blonde with the ice-maiden visage and pole-vaulter’s legs.”

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teNeues published a book dedicated to her, titled Nadja Auermann, with an introduction by the designer Karl Lagerfeld, who championed her from the first. And in 2001, The New York Times credited her return to editorial modeling with reviving an interest in more mature faces. Indeed, throughout the years, it seems that whatever Auermann is—platinum blonde, strong, mature in attitude and appearance—is what fashion favors.

Nadja Auermann

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Hair
Eyes
Height
Bust
Waist
Hips
Dress
Shoes
Brown
Green
US/EU/UK
5'10"179cm
3384
2461
3590.5
436
8407.5

Modeling Agencies

New York
DNA Models
Paris
Viva Paris
London
Models 1
Barcelona
Viva Barcelona
Berlin
VIVA Models Berlin

Mother Agency

VIVA Models Berlin
(Berlin)

Modelling as a profession was first established in 1853 by Charles Frederick Worth, the father of haute couture. Types of modelling include: fashion, glamour, fitness, bikini, fine art, body-part, and commercial print models.

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