Carina Axelsson

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Carina Axelsson
Children's author Carina Axelsson
Children's author Carina Axelsson
Born (1968-08-05) August 5, 1968 (age 50)[1]
California, U.S.
Occupation Author
Genre Mystery, young adult, children's

Carina Axelsson (born 5 August 1968) is the American-born author of teen fashion detective series Model Under Cover.[2] Her longtime partner is Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.[3]

Background and early life[edit]

Her family has Swedish and Mexican ancestry, her father was an electronic engineer. She has a younger brother and sister.[4]


After growing up in California, Carina Axelsson moved to New York to pursue a career in fashion modelling.

Carina Axelsson later moved to Paris, where she studied art and wrote and illustrated her first book, a picture book for children (Nigel of Hyde Park, 2004, Assouline).[5] Carina Axelsson rounded off her days in fashion with a short stint working as PA to international fashion designer John Galliano. Her experiences in fashion - along with a love of Scooby-Doo and Agatha Christie - inspired her to write the Model Under Cover book series.[6]

Today, Carina Axelsson lives at Schloss Berleburg in Germany with Prince Gustav and their four dogs. She writes full-time.[2] She is one of the six godparents of Princess Athena of Denmark. She is also a godmother of Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, son of Hubertus, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Published works[edit]

The Model Under Cover series:

  • Model Under Cover A Crime of Fashion. Usborne Publishing. 2014. ISBN 9781409563686.
  • Model Under Cover: Stolen with Style. Usborne Publishing. September 2014. ISBN 978-1409563709.
  • Model Under Cover: Deadly by Design. Usborne Publishing. June 2015. ISBN 978-1409590262.

Other books by Carina:


Every year Carina Axelsson raises the overall budget of her local library by 25% to 50% with the sales of her Advent Calendar.[7]

Carina Axelsson says, "Growing up, one of my favourite places to be was in my local library. I feel strongly that town libraries are an important part of any community lucky enough to have one. But with the budget cuts so many libraries are now forced to endure, they're facing an uphill battle in bringing new books to their shelves – and my local library is no exception."[4]


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