Behati Prinsloo

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Behati Prinsloo
Behati Prinsloo - GEORGES CHAKRA 2010 07 (cropped).jpg
Prinsloo at the Georges Chakra 2010 fashion show
Born (1988-05-16) 16 May 1988 (age 32)[1]
NationalityNamibia Namibian[2]
Other namesBehati Prinsloo Levine
OccupationModel
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)
(
m. 2014)
Children2
Modeling information
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3][4]
Hair colorLight Brown[5][6]
Eye colorHazel[7][8]
Agency

Behati Prinsloo (/biˌɑːti ˈprɪnsl/ bee-AH-tee PRIN-sloo, Afrikaans: [ˈbɛɦati ˈprənsluə];[10] born 16 May 1988)[11][12][13] is a South African-born[a] Namibian model. In 2008, she became a Pink contract model, and moved on to become a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2009.[14] She has walked in nine consecutive Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows (2007–2015; 2018). She opened consecutive Victoria's Secret Fashion shows in 2014 and 2015.[15]

Early life[edit]

Prinsloo was born in South Africa, but raised in Grootfontein, Namibia.[16][17] Her father was contracted to work in South Africa before she was born, but when she was three years old her family moved back to Namibia. She is the only child of father Louis Francois "Boet" Prinsloo, who is a church minister, and mother, Magda (née Rossouw), who runs a bed and breakfast.[18][19] Her family are Afrikaners and she grew up speaking Afrikaans as her native language; she was educated in English.[20] She attended Grootfontein Secondary School and left after Grade 9 to pursue modelling.[21]

Her modeling career began when she was discovered while vacationing in Cape Town with her grandparents. "We went to the grocery store after church and this guy came up to me and asked if I was a model and wrote his number on a piece of paper...".[22]

Career[edit]

Prinsloo debuted as a Prada[23]/Miu Miu Exclusive.[24] Soon after, Juergen Teller photographed her for her debut ad campaign, Marc by Marc Jacobs,[24] and she soon was photographed by Mario Testino and Paolo Roversi for British Vogue,[25] and David Sims for W Magazine.[26]

Prinsloo in Georges Chakra (2010)

Prinsloo has walked in fashion shows for Alexander Wang,[27] Louis Vuitton,[28] Miu Miu,[29] Versace,[30] Calvin Klein,[31] Givenchy,[31] Chanel,[32] Alexander McQueen,[33] Jil Sander,[34] Marc Jacobs,[35] Proenza Schouler,[36] Christian Dior,[37] Ralph Lauren,[38] Anna Sui,[39] Michael Kors,[40] and Yves Saint Laurent.[41] In 2012, Prinsloo was also the face of popular Australian swimwear brand Seafolly.

She has been on the covers of Vogue Spain,[42] Vogue Turkey,[43] Vogue Brasil,[44] Vogue Mexico,[45] Vogue Russia,[46] Vogue Thailand,[47] Elle France,[48] Elle Spain,[49] Elle Italia,[50] Elle Sweden,[51] L'Officiel Netherlands,[52] Marie Claire Greece,[53] Marie Claire South Africa,[54] i-D Magazine,[55] V Magazine,[56] Russh Magazine,[57] 10 Magazine,[58] The Edit,[59] Jalouse,[60] and So It Goes Magazine.[61]

Her ad campaigns include I Love Juicy Couture Fragrance,[62] I Am Juicy Couture Fragrance,[63] Juicy Couture Black Label,[64] Tommy Hilfiger,[65] Alexander Wang 'Do Something',[66] T by Alexander Wang,[67] Marc by Marc Jacobs,[24] H&M,[68] Nina Ricci,[69] The Gap,[70] Aquascutum,[71] M Missoni,[72] Sportmax,[73] DKNY Jeans,[74] Pepe Jeans,[75] Lancaster,[76] Stefanel,[77] Esprit,[78] Lacoste,[79] Desigual,[80] Seafolly,[81] Nine West,[82] and Raw Spirit Fragrance.[83]

In 2010, Prinsloo designed "Behati Loves Pink" swimsuit capsule collection for Victoria's Secret.[84] In 2014 she designed a line of denim for THVM.[85] Most recently she designed a fashion and accessories collection for Juicy Couture.[86] Models.com ranks Prinsloo on their lists of 'The Top Sexiest Models' as well as their list of 'The Money Girls'.[87]

The night before the 4 December 2012 airing of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Prinsloo and fellow Victoria's Secret models Jacquelyn Jablonski and Jasmine Tookes guest starred on 3 December "Ha'awe Make Loa" episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0 playing themselves.[88] In June 2014, Prinsloo made a cameo appearance in a preview of Missy Elliott protégée Sharaya J's "Shut It Down" via a T by Alexander Wang campaign.[89] Prinsloo appeared in various music videos such as The Virgins' "Rich Girls" and Maroon 5's "Animals", "Cold", "Wait" (Snapchat version) and "Girls Like You".

After taking a two-year hiatus from the Victoria's Secret Fashion show, Prinsloo returned to walk in the brand's 2018 show.[90]

Philanthropy[edit]

Prinsloo has embarked on a charitable trip to Haiti, following 2010's devastating earthquake that caused irreparable damage to the small nation. Partnering with LakayPam, an organization dedicated to helping children in developing nations meet their basic needs, she collected and delivered hundreds of letters of hope from all over the world and helped raise funds.[91]

When she made the journey to Haiti, she was accompanied by a cameraman and his friend. The resulting short film, Letters to Haiti, debuted 7 December 2011, at Milk Gallery in New York[92][91]

She also supports organizations trying to protect the black rhinoceros, a critically endangered species native to Namibia and other countries in Southern Africa.

Personal life[edit]

Prinsloo married Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine in Mexico on 19 July 2014.[93] They have two daughters: Dusty Rose and Gio Grace.[94]

She is close friends with fellow models Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge.[95]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The City Herself Episode: "If She Can Make It Here..."
2011 Letters to Haiti Short film
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Episode: "Ha'awe Make Loa"
2014 Fashion Police Epsiode: "Fash Fabness" (guest)
2015–2016 Victoria's Secret Swim Special Television special (seasons 1 & 2)
2015 Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live Concert film

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Ref.
2009 "Rich Girls" The Virgins [96]
2014 "Animals" Maroon 5 [97]
2015 "Hands to Myself" (Victoria's Secret version) Selena Gomez [98]
2017 "Cold" Maroon 5 featuring Future [99]
2018 "Wait" (Snapchat version) Maroon 5 [100]
"Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B [101][102][103]

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  1. ^ At the time of her birth, Namibia was called South West Africa. It became independent in 1990.

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