Josephine Skriver

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Josephine Skriver
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In September 2013
Josephine Skriver Karlsen[1]

(1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 28)[2]
Copenhagen, Denmark
Modeling information
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Hair colorLight Brown[3]
Eye colorGreen[3]

Josephine Skriver-Karlsen (born 14 April 1993) is a Danish model known for her work with Victoria's Secret.

Early life[edit]

Skriver was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her mother is an IT analyst and her father is a marine biologist. Her mother is a lesbian and her father is gay; Skriver and her younger brother, Oliver, were conceived through IVF.[4][5]

At the age of 15, Skriver was discovered and approached about her modeling potential while on a trip to New York with her soccer team. Shortly thereafter, she was signed by Unique Models, an international modeling agency based in Copenhagen. She was consequently approached by other agencies outside of Denmark, but decided to wait to stay in school. After finishing school, she began pursuing a modeling career in 2011.[6]


Skriver's debut season was Fall/Winter 2011, during which she opened for Alberta Ferretti and closed for Prada. That season, she also walked for many other prominent designers, like Calvin Klein, Rag & Bone, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, DKNY and Christian Dior.[7][8][9]

Throughout her career, she has done advertisement campaigns for brands such as H&M, Dior, Gucci, Bulgari, DKNY, Michael Kors, Balmain, MAC Cosmetics, Armani Exchange, Karen Millen, Max Mara, Topten, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, Caleres, Tom Ford, Shu Uemura, Andrew Marc, G-Shock, Victoria's Secret and she has been on the cover of and featured in editorials of numerous magazines such as Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, V magazine, Interview, L'Officiel, Vs., W, Allure, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Brazilian, Spanish and American Vogue as well as Danish, Italian, Brazilian, Swedish, French Elle and British, Polish, Mexican, Arabian and American Harper's Bazaar, and more.

She has worked with Mario Testino for Michael Kors, Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, Tim Walker for American Vogue, Greg Kadel for German Vogue, Terry Richardson for H&M and Patrick Demarchelier for Dior.

Skriver has appeared in catalogs and advertisements for Victoria's Secret and walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show every consecutive year since 2013. In February 2016, it was announced that Skriver was officially one of the brand's contracted Angels.[10]

On January 22, 2020 Skriver was confirmed as the newest model for the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[11]

LGBT advocacy[edit]

Skriver has on numerous occasions spoken candidly about LGBT rights and openly discussed her own upbringing with both parents being members of the LGBT community.

In 2015, Skriver was made a celebrity ambassador for the Family Equality Council and its Outspoken Generation Program, which aims to raise awareness about LGBTQ families.[12]

She has said that her ultimate goal is that her story will "not be that interesting soon, because that would mean that society has come to accept LGBT parents to be just as traditional and normal as any other way of having a family."[13]

Personal life[edit]

Skriver has been in a relationship with American musician Alexander DeLeon since 2013;[14] in November 2018, the couple announced their engagement. They live together in Nashville, Tennessee.[15] She is an avid fan of the NHL's Nashville Predators and the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders and can be frequently spotted at their games.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Seje fodboldpiger". 26 May 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Supermodels when They Were Kids". Retrieved 9 July 2013.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "The Society Management - Josephine Skriver". The Society Management. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Victoria's Secret Supermodel Josephine Skriver Talks About Being An IVF Kid With Gay Dad And Mom". International Business Times AU. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Victoria's Secret model reveals what it's like to be born via IVF to a lesbian mother and gay father". Business Insider. 21 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Model Josephine Skriver Wants To Be A Voice For The Children Of Gay Parents". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Josephine Skriver | Top Models - FashionTV Network". FashionTV. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Josephine Skriver - Fashion Model - Profile on New York Magazine". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  9. ^, The FMD -. "Josephine Skriver - Fashion Model | Models | Photos, Editorials & Latest News | The FMD". The FMD - Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Meet The New Victoria's Secret Angel". Vogue UK. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ "ROOKIE REVEAL: Josephine Skriver Will Shoot for SI Swimsuit 2020!". Sports Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Victoria's Secret Model Talks Being an IVF Kid, Gay Parents". E! Online. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
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