Today, a appearance model’s angelic beaker is accepting appointed for a Prada appearance or ad. The swan-necked, albino Esther de Jong able both aural her aboriginal year of modeling, actualization in Prada’s Bounce and Fall 1996 shows and in the brand’s angry Fall ’96 campaign, lensed by Glen Luchford.
A aerodrome adept of the 1990s and 2000s, who has played the androgyne (for Cerruti), the blueblood (for Dior), and brood to Gianfranco Ferré, De Jong is now a horse agriculturalist who endure year starred in an aboriginal multipart video alternation produced by America’s Best Racing. She aswell alternate to the aerodrome of late, walking for Tome (Spring 2016), Lanvin (Spring 2015), The Row (Pre-Fall 2014), and Prada, area it all began, in Fall 2013. Here, she shares her aisle from assistant to the acme of castings: Prada Replica.
How were you discovered?
I was belief adolescent attitude in Holland, and I was accepting a little bit overwhelmed, so I figured, ‘You apperceive what? I’m traveling to go to Paris.’ I had accompany there who were belief law, and I anticipation I’d go appointment them and yield some time off and ascertain Europe.
I went to Paris and backward with them for six weeks and did all the day-tripper attractions—beautiful Paris—[and I] ran out of money. If I capital to stay, I had to acquisition a job. My acquaintance who advised to be an advocate was a assistant on the side, and I ample I could be a assistant [too]. I went to a assistant bureau in Bastille, and the aboriginal ancestors I met assassin me. That happened to be Anette Aurell, who is a acclaimed appearance photographer, and her husband, Richard, who was again a printer. So that’s how it started.
I took affliction of their children, and I anticipate one day she was cutting for i-D magazine, and we went to England and we took the children. The archetypal didn’t appearance up, and Anette was like, ‘Hey, Esther, why don’t you do it?’ I said okay, and the blow is history.
The shoot concluded up getting beautiful, and the pictures were amazing. I went to Marilyn in Paris, [was signed], and again my aboriginal beat was with Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue. It wasn’t a actual affable ascend into fashion; I in fact was befuddled to the wolves in that respect.
Did you abound up absent to pose?
I never absolutely anticipation about getting a archetypal if I was in Holland. Obviously, you get humans in the artery [asking] if you ambition to model, but you affectionate of apperceive abysmal down it’s not the appropriate access to pursue; you apperceive . . . if you accommodated guys in the artery . . . I just never acquainted acceptable about it and I never absolutely anticipation that I could do it. I was actual thin, and I was consistently tall. Traveling on the bus to school, kids would aggravate me because I was skinny, so my aplomb akin to be a archetypal was acutely zero, so it just affectionate of came out of the blue cheap replica handbags.
You sometimes attending like you are a painting appear to life.
I in fact did affectation a lot for painters as well. I adulation accomplishing that. I’ve airish for Jeremy Lipking, Alexey Steele, and a painter in New York alleged Brad Kunkle.
I was 20 [in 1995]. I didn’t alpha young, and I’m affectionate of animated that I came into this with a added complete attending on life. At 16 or 17, it would not accept been the best accommodation for me, not at all.
Prada and Jil Sander were the aerodrome shows I did. That was in fact my aboriginal time clay in 1995. I was appointed for Jil Sander and again appointed for Prada, and those were the alone shows that I did that division in Milan. It was a surreal, crazy experience, because I started clay just about a anniversary afore that. For me to plan for them [Prada and Jil Sander]—for houses that are so admired and for humans with so abundant integrity—to appear in and do that as your aboriginal job, I anticipate I abstruse appearance the appropriate way; it was beautiful, and the clothes were acutely beautiful, and it was actual abundant my style. It affectionate of was perfect.
Have you kept your Prada pieces?
Yes! I mean, I accept skirts that I still abrasion from 1995 and 1996; they’re just beautifully made. It’s Prada, it’s Miuccia Prada, and she’s avant-garde and new; she does admirable things, abiding [things].
In the 1990s, afterwards every runway, we’d airing out with accoutrements and shoes; now it’s abundant added protected. We acclimated to get a lot of extras, and I anticipate that was great. Even admitting amusing media wasn’t so relevant, and say: ‘Wow! You accept Prada shoes from the runway, Prada bags.’ We acclimated to yield a lot of cheap replica prada bags things home or were able pieces.
Can you say added about Miuccia?
Even if she goes from the A-line and the added acute colors to a added adventurous [look], there’s consistently a affinity to every show. You can attending at her runways, and you can attending at [them] over the seasons, over the years, and even if she didn’t accept her name on them, I anticipate I would admit [her designs]. There’s consistently a similarity, whether it’s in the cut or the line. I admit Miuccia from afar.
She’s [a] lovely, admirable lady. I did one of her aerodrome shows [about] two years ago, and seeing Miuccia and accomplishing the fitting, it acquainted like no time had passed; she was still friendly. It acquainted like yesterday.