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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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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