Antonia Garrn, better known professionally as Toni Garrn (born 7 July 1992) is a German model who has walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show several times and remains a top international fashion model.
After scuffling about for a bit, in 2008 she got her big break in the fashion industry after signing an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein.
Toni Garrn (original name Antonia Garrn) is from Hamburg, Germany. Her father works for an oil refinery and she has an older brother, Niklas, who is also a model. Garrn moved around a lot as a child due to her father's job: at two years old, she moved with her family to London; at six, they went to Athens. Only at the age of 10 did she return to her native Hamburg.
Toni started her modeling career early, being discovered at age 13 by Claudia Midolo, the owner of German model agency Modelwerk.
This happened during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in her hometown Hamburg. Later, Toni signed with New York agency Women Management.
Toni has a large involvement with Victoria's Secret.
In Fall 2011, Toni started modeling for the brand, firstly appearing in their catalogs to promote the clothing line.
Garrn auditioned to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2010 but failed. However, the next year she succeeded: she also walked in the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (and 2012 and 2013 as well).
Toni did a photo-shoot for the PINK-line with fellow model Shanina Shaik in 2011. Things looked quite promising, and there was some talk of Toni ascending to become an Angel, which some view as the highest rung in the modeling world.
Then, in April 2012, in a major embarrassment, Garrn was believed to have become an official Victoria's Secret Angel due to a misleading tweet from the official Victoria's Secret Twitter-account which mentioned Garrn as "#NewAngel."
Unfortunately, though, the tweet was highly misleading. Toni Garrn was not, in fact, becoming an Angel. News outlets muddied the issue, implying strongly that Garrn was, in fact, an Angel.
The tweet was simply announcing that Toni Garrn had been chosen to star in Victoria's Secret campaign for the "Dream Angel" line alongside Erin Heatherton and Lindsay Ellingson as well as the "Angels in love" commercial featuring Elyse Taylor. This was quite different than becoming an Angel under contract. It was sort like the difference between being named a Bishop or a parish priest.
That particular campaign, "Dream Angel," was the "Angel" that the tweet was referencing, not... the other kind of Angel.
So, in a sense Toni did become an Angel of a sort - just not officially (or contractually, which is the important part).
Garrn and official Victoria's Secret Angels Erin Heatherton and Lindsay Ellingson launched the Victoria's Secret "Love Is Heavenly" fragrance in Victoria's Secret store in SoHo on April 17, 2012.
In November 2012, Toni closed the show Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
As mentioned, Toni appeared in 2013 as well. Toni was not, however, chosen to walk in the 2014 show or since. In fact, it is unclear that Toni Garrn has any relationship with Victoria's Secret any longer.
|Toni Garrn at the Dior Poison Girl Eau de Toilette International Launch in New York City in January 2017.|
Garrn's relationship with big Victoria's Secret fan Leo DiCaprio was a hot tabloid rumor for a long time, but reports are that they eventually broke up. Leo dates lots of models...
Toni also apparently dated NBA star Chandler Parsons, but they also broke up, announcing the split in November 2016.
However, despite some personal setbacks, Toni's modeling career continues to flourish. Some of her covers since her last appearance in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:
- December Elle Italy
- September Vogue Portugal
- March Harper's Bazaar Greece
- February Vogue Germany
- January Numéro Berlin
- August The Edit
- July Madame Figaro France
- June Elle France
- April W Korea, W Korea
- February L'Express Styles
- July Vogue Germany
- May Harper's Bazaar Korea, The Daily Front Row
- April Harper's Bazaar Brazil
- February Numéro Russia
Toni has her own website, which touts her work with Plan International, particularly Plan International Germany. Toni has taken the lead in helping girls in Zimbabwe. The goal of the charity is to promote equality and give girls a chance at a higher education. Toni's efforts are funneled through the Toni Garrn Foundation.
Toni is not shy when out in public. She received publicity worldwide when she attended Harper Bazaar ICONS party celebrating New York Fashion Week in September 2016 in a very provocative sheer dress.
Toni also dazzled the paparazzi at the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a well-received black slashed gown.
|Toni Garrn at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017.|
Toni Garrn continues to make the tabloid pages. For instance, in July 2017 there were reports that she went on a blind date with actor Alexander Skarsgard.
Toni was nervous, so she brought along two gal pals. However, initial reports were that there were no sparks. Now, the world of top models and actors is much different than the normal world, but even so, bringing along friends on a first date could be a bit off-putting. I mean, why not bring her mom along, too?
Toni has about 100,000 followers on Twitter and tweets updates all the time. It is the best way to keep up with her... well, there and the tabloids.
Toni has branched out into acting, with a continuing role in television series "You Are Wanted" as Katja and work on "Germany's Next Topmodel." Garrn also has been on some television productions such as German television series "You Are Wanted" and films such as Lifetime's "Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer" (2017) and the German production "Berlin, I Love You" (2018). Toni had a juicy role in the Oscar Pistorius film as Reeva Steenkamp, the victim. We are sure to continue seeing a lot more of Toni Garrn in the future.
Toni Garrn reportedly lives in the Financial District in downtown Manhattan, New York City. Some reports have her sharing her pad with Ali Stephens, with whom she occasionally is seen out-and-about on New York streets.