Swedish bae Nathalie popped over to Sydney Australia this year for MBFWA (“a dream”), where she met lots of nice people and opened the Alice McCall show! Good times. Outside of lighting up the catwalk, she spent copious amounts of time exploring the coastline, and taking day trips to the Blue Mountains, and “loved everything about Australia.” While here, the craziest thing she did was skydiving — terrifying to begin with, but an all-round amazing experience that she’s stinging to give another go.
Growing up in Stockholm was “really good” for her, largely owing to Sweden’s incred social security, and the democratic country’s free health care and education. If you were in town, she’d take you for a stroll through Djurgården, followed by lunch or a coffee at Rosendals Trädgård. The rooftop bar market is exploding in Stockholm, so she’d also ensure you copped some great views and drinks at either Tak, Urban Deli or Scandic Continental. And, last but most certainly not least, she’d make sure you visit Gamla Stan (old town), where you can “find lots of alleys and cafes with coziness.” *Adds to the bucket list.*
When it comes to local #fash, she loves Anne-Sofie Back (BACK), Ida Sjöstedt, and Elin Alemdar (Stylein) most. “These are all different brands with their unique own styles, and I'm very happy to have worked with all of them on different occasions. These brands are growing a lot — for instance, Ida Sjöstedt has designed a lot of dresses for the Swedish royal family and also other famous people in Sweden.”
An average day in the life of Nathalie goes something like this: sleeping in if she’s got a day off, preparing herself a really nice breakfast, hitting the gym, then meeting friends for food or coffee. She values spending time with her mates and fam, and is happiest when she’s surrounded by her loved ones. “The best thing is when you’ve been travelling for a long time, and you come home to your loved ones.”
In her downtime, she likes going on great nature runs and walks, made easy by living in Nacka which is brimming with lakes and forests. If you’re ever in the hood, it’s a 25 minute drive into Stockholm city, so pack some runners! The best piece of advice she’s ever been given is “never give up; if it doesn’t work the first time, try again, try until you succeed and reach your goal”, and the item she couldn’t live the most is her phone (“How would I survive without being able to contact anyone?”). Tru!
She loves her job because of all the opportunities it affords — travelling the world, seeing new things, and meeting new people — but would love to change perceptions around what it means to be a model. It’s not all glitz and glam, and models are expected to be available 24/7, work long days and have certain requirements they have to live up to. “I would like people to know what it's really about. We don't live the dream life and we have to work hard to succeed.”
To her, people who fulfill the ‘cool’ brief are the people who are wholeheartedly themselves. “When you have the confidence to be who you are, and don't hide or try to adapt to other people or the environment you're surrounded in, that’s cool.”
Shot on location around Galma Stan in Stockholm, Sweden