Italian Vogue Video Interview: Rianne ten Haken
Video can be seen at Vogue.it:
Why she’s famous
She’s one of the iconic Versace models.
For someone who claims not to be interested in fashion and to not have had any idea what she wanted to do when she grew up, the speed and determination that she’s shown in her career is quite impressive.
Magazine covers and ad campaigns, catwalks and fashion shoots all over the world: she’s among the most requested models in the word. And she’s still so young.
Sensual, enthusiastic, versatile. She looks great in a punk style, with bright red hair and a fiendish smirk, or dressed as a snow fairy. Basically, she looks good in everything. Which is not a common quality.
She was born in Lelystad, Holland, a little town of just over 60 thousand citizens. One day, walking down the street with her mother, an agent asked her if she’d like to take part in one of the many contests put on by the Elite Modeling agency.
She was only 15, but she won – and her life would never be the same again. Two years later, she was on the runways.
She then moved to New York, which was a culture shock for her. But her sweet face and luscious lips didn’t pass unnoticed and she was hired as the testimonial for both Versace and Chanel Cosmetics.
She’s appeared in ads for various brands ranging from Armani to La Perla, from Fornarina to Pucci.
She’s been photographed by Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, Patrick Demachiellier and Peter Lindbergh for the covers of magazines like Vogue Italia, Nùmero, Vogue UK, Vogue USA, Elle, Acne and W.
She’s now the face of Pierre Cardin Parfum, and her career continues to rise despite the fact that she’s a girl with solid dreams and the desire to return one day to live in Holland.
She played a sexy maid in an entertaining scene during the Louis Vuitton 2008 S/S runway show in Paris, together with Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell.
In 2009, she posed for the Pirelli Calendar set in Botswana and appeared on the covers of German Elle, Vogue Japan, and again, Vogue Italia.
She went back to her studies, which she’d interrupted to follow her modeling career and got her degree in Economic Science, hoping that one day it may allow her to follow other pursuits. She speaks Dutch, German, English and a bit of French.
After three years in Paris, she decided to go back to New York, where life is more stimulating – but also simpler – than it is in Europe.
Never leaves home without
Ipod and cell phone.
Super short dresses, colorful, maxi furs, sequins, heels.
Jeans, blazers, sneakers.
Shoes and bags
Ballerina shoes by Repetto and maxi bags by Chanel.
In 2009, she dyed her hair from light brown to bright red, for a Vogue Italia cover. It goes without saying that she looked great like that as well.
A mix of ’80s music.
Anything at the cinema.
She reads a lot.
Being outdoors and immersed in nature.
She loves going out to dinner. At New York’s Cafe el Portal for Mexican food , and Bistrot de L’Oulette, in the Marais areas of Paris.
Gimme! Coffee in New York, on Mott Street.
Sweet Tater, in Nolita is her favorite. They carry vintage clothes and clothes designed by the owners, each piece is one-of-a-kind.
In Holland, where she has a beautiful house in the country.