Watch This Face: Eline Lykke

Anya Holdstock

Every week Bazaar’s booking team highlights one name to note, from the industry’s best-known faces, to girls who are just starting out. This week we turn our attention to Eline Lykke.

Diversity was the stand-out message of Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2018 show, in its display of natural beauty and femininity with the addition of two fresh-faced, curvaceous models. Eline, a newcomer to the catwalk, generated a hugely positive reaction after her debut alongside Betsy Teske to collectively make history as well as inspiring the fashion industry.


“Eline has one of the most incredible bodies we have ever seen,” says Julie Thyrum at Heartbreak Management. “With her tiny waistline, we knew from the beginning that she was perfect the way she was. We thought it would be silly to try to change such wonderful curves. Her look is really high fashion, so she really has a killer combination. We see her as one of the most interesting curvy models in the world at the moment. She also has the sweetest personality.”

We talk to Lykke about yoga, her admiration for Kate Moss and her dream shoot location.

How were you discovered?

“I entered a modelling contest as a joke with some of my friends, and to my surprise I won the whole thing and gained a modelling contract with the local agency. After my first shoot, my pictures were sent to Heartbreak (my mother agency) and I got signed there. I was discovered when I was 13 years old, but I wanted to finish school first, so I didn’t start modelling for real until September 2017.”

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If you weren’t modelling, what career would you pursue and why?

“I would become a marine biologist, simply because one of my biggest interests is the ocean and everything in it. I’ve spent countless hours fishing and searching for small marine animals in every little nook and cranny by the shoreline where I grew up. I plan to become a marine biologist later in life and I’ve studied aquaculture, so that’s a good start.”

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What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?

“That would of course be walking for Alexander McQueen during Paris Fashion Week. Being out there on that catwalk wearing a stunning dress was absolutely amazing.”

How do you spend your free time?

“I like watching Netflix or TED, fishing, being with friends and family, reading and singing.”

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Do you have any travel tips for those visiting your hometown?

“My hometown is Alesund in Norway and it is a beautiful city. My travel tip would be: bring a raincoat. When you’re there you should visit Fjellstua, where you can have a bird’s-eye view over the whole city and the mountains around it, while having a bite to eat or a glass of wine.

If you like music, I would recommend you check out Terminalen in the city centre. Most of the time there are different concerts there every weekend. If you like hiking, there are a lot of beautiful places in and around Alesund for you. Mountains, beaches, you name it. And if you love the ocean like me, go to my favourite place in the city: the aquarium (Atlanterhavsparken).”

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What are the three products you can’t live without?

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“Anything by Clarins really, but most important are the Clarins Beauty Flash Balmand the Hydra-Essentiel moisturiser. Facial spray by Mario Badescu is another favourite.”

What’s your favourite form of exercise?

“I don’t really have a specific exercise regime (yet) but I like running (if I have a good sports bra on), yoga and at-home workouts that focus on the entire body. I plan to find a great gym in London soon though.”

What is your dream shoot?

“I feel like if I set my dream on one specific job, or one specific brand, I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get to do it, so I try to just enjoy every chance I get. Maybe Bali. Somewhere warm and beautiful.”

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Name the five essential items you wouldn’t leave the house without

“Sunglasses, water, keys, a snack (boiled eggs, a granola bar or a banana) and Chapstick.”

If you had to wear only one designer, who would it be?

“I wouldn’t really like to choose just one – I like changing my style with my mood that day.”

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What advice would you give to girls new to the industry?

“Be yourself. Don’t let anyone be in charge of your happiness other than you. Drink a lot of water (but not too much!). Wear sunscreen every day. Be confident and ask questions. Most of the time people (including other models) are happy to help. Always be polite and kind.”

Is there a model’s career that you admire?

“I really admire Kate Moss’ career. I like how she’s able to have so many different looks, and that she didn’t let her height stop her. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is also a favourite. She’s done a lot of great things and she’s an actor as well. Candice Swanepoel and Romee Strijd are also among my favourites.”

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What is your life motto?

“’No pants are the best pants’ and ‘water is life’.”

Let’s talk about favourites. What about…

…music? “I listen nearly to everything. I love music. Right now, I’m into Lord Huron, Arctic Monkeys, Sam Smith, Aretha Franklin and George Ezra.”

…movies? “About Time and Love Actually.”

…books? “The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, and I have to mention a book I just started: Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I’m halfway through and I love it.”

…food? “Bean and lentil salad with chickpeas, chorizo, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and my grandmother’s vinaigrette, but also pizza (most kinds, but not with mushrooms because I’m allergic) and I love garlic bread.”

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK