Yes, models work really hard, traipsing to endless go-sees and 4am call times. But there sure are some great perks--I mean, besides being blessed with impossibly good looks.
The models at the top of the heap, many of whom have become friends and muses to designers over the years, are gifted some pretty amazing swag. We chatted with the likes of Karlie Kloss, Jessica Stam, and Cara Delevingne backstage this past New York fashion week about the best freebies they've ever received from a designer. (Hint: Marc Jacobs is very generous.)
Prepare to be green with envy.
Karlie Kloss: "My Dior bag that is sitting on the floor right now. It’s from John [Galliano] so it’s a special one. I’ve had [it] for a few years. I have a gorgeous bag collection that I’m very lucky to have."
"I’ve gotten all sorts of things from people and it’s fantastic, from gowns to furs to shoes. Today, I got all excited. I got a free phone and a free tablet from two different people. [That’s when I knew,] I have finally made it!"
"Marc Jacobs used to give us fur jackets once every season to just a couple of the girls. So I have a couple of those. Now he gives us like socks--and not even cashmere ones! [Laughs] Karl Lagerfeld used to give us each a Chanel bag every season. I don't think there are really too many great freebies anymore. We used to get to keep all the shoes--I would come out of a season with 15 new pairs of shoes!"
"Alex Wang gave me this really, really sick fur jacket that was cut out in the back. I still wear it."
"My customized Marc Jacobs bag. That was pretty bloody amazing. It had my initials on it. It was black with a lot of pockets. I'm a very disorganized person and Marc knows that, so it was perfect. And also Jeremy Scott gave me some amazing costume pieces."
"Zac [Posen] gave me an amazing cape. It had all these sequins in the back and cutouts in a really interesting pattern. It can go beautiful and glamorous, or goth--it's really versatile. That's one of my favorite things--it's a statement piece!"
"Well, the Jason Wu bag named after me is amazing. That was a huge honor."
"Rodarte is very generous--there's been a few dresses [I've received] from Rodarte that were great."
"Hmm, usually I don't really get stuff. I think that's a misconception." [Ed. note: We talked to Norgaard backstage before the Rodarte show, where she was an exclusive. Maybe they changed her mind?]
Fei Fei Sun: "Before the show, when we’re done with fittings [for Anna Sui], we can shop in the showroom. It’s really nice because I love Anna Sui’s dresses and the show room is so colorful. I picked out four dresses for summer."
Hanne Gabe Odile:
"There have been so many actually. I'm very lucky to own a whole bunch of Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga."