Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Freja Beha

Freja Beha Erichsen (born October 18, 1987 in Roskilde, Denmark) also known as Freja Beha, is an established fashion model. She is known as the "rebel girl" in the fashion industry for her androgynous appearance and tattoos. Erichsen has appeared in ad campaigns for brands such as Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Gucci, Hugo Boss, H&M, CK by Calvin Klein, Chanel, and ChloƩ since 2005, and has appeared in editorials for Vogue Italia, British Vogue and Interview Magazine.
If clothes maketh the man and your purpose is to demonstrate the masculinity of the Spring/Summer '08 womens' collections, then who better to explore their gender-bending potential than androgynous beauty Freja Beha Erichsen? A professional shapeshifter, Freja flexes, arches, twists and twitches her way through a deep bass soundtrack to push the season's soft tailoring to its graphic zenith.
In her comment on my Tomboy Chic post, angiesyounglover posted a great Studio Show movie featuring the androgynous Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen. (Thanks AYL!) For me, Freja highlights the distinction between being a tomboy and being androgynous. Like Jenny Shimizu, Freja is so gender flexible that she’s almost post-gender. And yet, she really does take the risks of identifying with the extremes of gender much like tomboy femmes.

Especially in light of the “tomboy chic” phenomenon, I’m curious about the influence of Freja and other contemporary models (of various sexual orientations) who are known for their androgynous looks.

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