Josephine Skriver-Karlsen (14 April 1993), known professionally simply as Josephine Skriver, is a top Danish model.
|Josephine Skriver posted this family photo of herself, her mom, and her brother on Instagram.|
Josephine is from Copenhagen. Skriver is half Dutch and half Danish. Both of Josephine's parents have "come out" as homosexual, so how she came along was serendipitous. Skriver announced via i-D magazine in May 2015 that she is the product of In vitro fertilization (IVF), as is her younger brother. Her mom put an advertisement in an LGBTQ newsletter, and her dad answered it.
Josephine signed locally because she wanted to stay in school. She was "on hold" (though signed) until she graduated in 2011. Then, the world was her oyster.
|Josephine Skriver in Marie Claire Italia (David Bellemere).|
Skriver debuted in F/W 2011, opening for Alberta Ferretti and closing for Prada. That was just the start, soon she was walking for all the top names: Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, DKNY, and rag & bone, among others.
The world quickly took notice. Josephine began walking in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2013 and became a contract Angel in February 2016.
|Maybelline announces on Instagram that Josephine Skriver has joined the Maybelline family. Josephine, incidentally, has almost as many followers on Instagram as Maybelline itself does.|
Josephine became the new face of Maybelline New York in 2018. This was Skriver's first time fronting a major beauty campaign. Josephine revealed on Maybelline's Instagram that the best beauty advice that she ever received is "Stay hydrated." Skriver's first big campaign for Maybelline was "Super Cushion Duo" campaign alongside Hong Kong pop superstar William Chan running exclusively in China.
Skriver, like all top models, has plenty of covers. They are primarily in Europe, but Josephine has them around the world. Here is a small sample from recent years:
- May Madame Figaro (David Roemer), Mia Argentina (2 May 2018)
- April Numero Japan
- March #Legend Hong Kong
- June Harper's Bazaar Turkey
- May Vogue Brazil (Giampaolo Sgura)
- January Vogue Spain (Patrick Demarchelier)
- October Eurowoman Norway
- June Grazia Germany (30 June 2016), Marie Claire Italy
- May The Edit
- March Elle France (4 March 2016)
- October Elle Denmark
- September Elle Italy
|Josephine models her sunglasses with Illesteva (Russell James).|
Josephine embraces her origins from the LGBT community and advocates for gay rights even though she herself is not gay. She is a celebrity ambassador for the Family Equality Council, which advocates for LGBTQ families. Shriver helped to design a pair of limited-edition sunglasses for Illesteva to benefit Keep a Child Alive (KCA).
As noted, Skriver is not herself gay despite her prominence in gay advocacy. Josephine currently lives in Nashville with Las Vegas musician Alexander DeLeon (he performs as "Bohnes") of rock group The Cab. The house has featured in Architectural Digest for its stark black and white look. Josephine says that Nashville reminds her of Denmark.
Perhaps due to Josephine's influence, DeLeon has developed a clothing line, "42799, Be the Black Sheep," a name that is intended as a somewhat obscure reference and homage to Frank Sinatra (42799 is the number of Sinatra's famous mug shot in the 1930s).
|Josephine has become a big Raiders fan since moving to the United States (Josephine Skriver Instagram).|
Josephine has a lot of personal appearances on television, particularly on Danish television programs. Skriver also appeared in the 2016 "Kanye West: Wolves" video.
Josephine Skriver has an active Instagram page with five million followers. Five million! That's more than most top Hollywood actors. She also has over 750k followers on Twitter. There are several blogs devoted to Josephine. Clearly, she strikes a chord with the public.
Josephine is good friends with fellow Angels Behati Prinsloo and Candice Swanepoel and kept the media informed of their new motherhood in 2016.
For me, family is a group of people bound by love! Love is what makes a family!
I've always liked it clean and simple, but somehow still cozy.
Being an Angel, you have to be on 24/7, but for the show we definitely amp it up so much more. I want to enhance the curves that I’ve been trying to get so I do a lot of weight lifting and that really works wonders on me.
I do not get free stuff… People lend stuff to me, but I have to give it right back. I still have to pay for things. Obviously there are a few perks here and there, but I am just as normal as anyone when I go to the supermarket.
I just hope that one day the concept of 'family' will mean a lot more than the traditional straight couple, with two kids and a house with a white picket fence. For me, family is a group of people bound by love! Love is what makes a family!