Italian Vogue Video Interview: Giedre Dukauskaite

Giedre Dukauskaite, ph: Steven Meisel fot Italian Vogue April 2010:

Video can be seen at

Famous for
She really has all that a model should never be lacking of: body language, an intense gaze, a charismatic face.

Personal style
Casual, but she likes to look chic even when wearing just a pair of jeans. Which she customizes with colored details and plenty of accessories.

She grew up in a small, tiny Lithuanian village, where fashion is not one of the most widely-discussed topics.

As a kid she dreamed of becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but not a model for sure. Also because she was not exactly the most beautiful girl in school. On the contrary, precisely for her ugly-duckling fame, one of the prettiest girls in school invited her along to a casting, hoping she would look even prettier in comparison. Yet, talent scouts were very impressed with Giedre.

In Taiwan she attended a course to learn runway-walking and from there she flew directly to New York Fashion Week’s shows, and walked for Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs.

She did her first shooting with i-D magazine. But she will never forget the D&G campaign shot by Mario Testino. The photos were so beautiful that gave her instant fame, and made her a name in the fashion circuit.

As for Vogue Italia, she was first shot by Carlotta Manaigo, then by Paolo Roversi and Steven Meisel.

She also was one of Prada’s faces.

Alongside with Stella Tennant and Lakshmi Menon she appeared in the H&M campaign.

She has walked runways for Prada, Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giambattista Valli.

She has bought an apartment in Lithuania, where she goes back often, and her greatest pastime now is traveling around the world hunting out for furniture pieces and accessories to make it look more homey.

Never leaves home without
Her pink Blackberry.

Public style
High heels, well-groomed make-up and hair, a precious clutch, a sexy mini-dress or tight-fitting jeans.

Private style
Just a good moisturizing cream, her jeans, her sneakers and a t-shirt.

Bags and shoes
She has a soft spot for shoes, but almost all the accessories she owns (including belts and bags) are by Miu Miu, from all collections. Her only rule is that she never wears flip-flops, the least chic thing a woman may bee seen wearing.

Her greatest asset, very beautiful au naturel by rather fragile. She nourishes them with a mask once a week.

Favorite designer
Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, John Galliano.

Favorite accessory
A handbag by Prada she bought a year and a half ago. White, hand painted in pink and yellow, inspired by old fairy tales.

Favorite music
Dance music, a bit Boney M.- style. She loves dancing and going to gigs.

Favorite food
Her mum’s lasagne.

Favorite drink

Favorite book
A Lithuanian book, The forest of Gods, by Balys Sruoga. The book tells of the cruelty against the Jews during the Second World War.

Favorite city
Paris and New York.

Fashion tip
“Take care of yourself and never lose self-confidence.”

Never stop respecting others.

Good habits
Organic food and a homemade body scrub (a family’s recipe). Always on time and super-tidy.

She loves
Hanging out with friends, watching a movie, wandering around the city. And Christmas.

She hates
Getting hurt like she did once during a fitness routine.


Almost all restaurants in the Noho neighborhood, from Japanese Mottsu to Spring Street Natural.

Bite, in Lafayette Street.

In Nolita, or around Union Square, you can always find something interesting and unique.